John Kotze



“John Kotzé paints his observations of everyday life in Harare, Zimbabwe, focusing on arrays of repeated objects – wheelbarrow wheels, air conditioning ducts in heaps, plastic bottles crushed into a cube, ready for recycling – and scenes such as a partially demolished building in which protruding reinforcing rods cast multiple shadows across white walls, or the complex patterns of reflection produced by the corrugated metal hoarding around a building site...His paintings function as forms of visual music, abstracted into rhythmical and syncopated patterns of colour and shape. Attention to pattern occurs across cultures, and is especially apparent in Africa. Pattern and rhythm imply the extension of the subject beyond the bounds of the painting – they echo and resonate out past its frame, as these scenes and objects form the material patterns of our everyday lives.”