Globally acclaimed Spanish artist Didier Lourenço returns to the Blue Caterpillar Art
Gallery in Pietermaritzburg later this month, following a successful exhibition in Hong
Kong. In response to the global recession Didier Lourenço has started producing
watercolour works which are selling for under R6 000, making it possible to more
people to own an original Lourenço.
The exhibition also features a glorious array of his popular handmade lithographs a well as some sought after oils. Didier Lourenço was born in 1968 in Premia del Mar, Barcelona and at the age of 19 he began to work in his father’s print studio, where he learned the art of lithography.
He began to paint on paper and canvas, taking over a small corner of the studio. In
1988 he had his first solo exhibition at Vilassar de Dalt, and printed his first
lithographic edition. He dedicated himself solely to painting in the corner of his father’s studio, where he had created his own mini-studio. The corner was open to
various visiting artists. Not only was the gaze of the artists directed towards
Lourenço’s works, but Lourenço’s gaze was directed at the works of these visiting
artists. This would be his education in the world of painting.
The exhibition runs from 15 September and the Blue Caterpillar Art Gallery is open
Tues – Sun. The Blue Caterpillar Art Gallery is at Butterflies for Africa in Pietermaritzburg