Nelson Mandela Bay
South Africa

GFI Art Gallery

About Us

The Ron Belling Art Gallery was established in 2000 in Port Elizabeth. The focus has gradually shifted over the years with the changing times and the growing interest in the visual arts arena. The Gallery name has since been changed to the Gutsche Family Investment Art Gallery (GFI Art Gallery) and the building has over the years been sensitively adjusted to accommodate its ever changing role.

The Gallery is a landmark building on Park Drive in Port Elizabeth and is one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the city. In 1936, Axel Stockelbach, then managing director of Ford South Africa, commissioned the first woman Architect to qualify in South Africa, Gertruida Brinkman, to design his house, “Ridgewood”.

The house was purchased in 1988 by Port Elizabeth businessman, Philipp Rowland Gutsche Senior. On his death in 2000, leaving behind a legacy of charity and goodwill, it was his wish that the residence be converted into an art gallery.

The purpose at the time was to house the Ron Belling Military Aviation Collection of Oil Paintings which had been acquired by the Gutsche family.

To this day Mr Gutsche’s daughter, Dorothea Moors, chairs the Gallery Board and together with the Board Members and Gallery Staff, Mr Gutsche’s legacy is upheld through the passionate promotion of visual arts in the Eastern Cape and beyond.

Current Exhibition

 

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A SOLO EXHIBITION BY JEFF RANKIN  –  30 YEARS IN THE EASTERN CAPE

Metaphor, satire, and the crafted image conspire subconsciously to form Jeff Rankin’s visual language, through which the artist tells visual stories based on South Africa’s unsettled social landscape.

In 1993 Jeff semigrated with his family, from KZN to the Eastern Cape. The move coincided with South Africa’s transition to a hopeful democracy. Thirty years have elapsed, and now seemed as perfect a time as any to celebrate these 30 years of creative work. Soon after the move, the artist revisited his early love of woodcut. Working out of a dark field, as you do with the relief mediums, worked well in Jeff’s case. Some singular works built up to the landmark Perlemoen Minutes series (2002). This full series was purchased for the New York Public Library’s fine print collection, and some were selected for the International Print Biennale in Trois Rivieres, Canada.

 

Dates: 14 jun – 17 jul 2024 for public viewing

Upcoming Exhibitions

 JEFF RANKIN – PRINTMAKING: 13 Jun – 17 Jul 2024

TEXTILE ARTS PORT ELIZABETH (TAPE) & THE KEISKAMMA ART PROJECT: 5 Sep – 16 Oct 2024

JONATHAN VAN DER WALT: 24 Oct – 27 Nov 2024

CREATIVE BLOCK & EASTERN CAPE CERAMICS: 5 Dec – Jan 2025

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