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Kilmany-Jo Liversage’s first solo show in Cape Town since 2016 opens on Thursday the 4th of July with an exhibition of new paintings. The exhibition will be hosted by her representing gallery, WORDLART, and its neighbour, the Association for Visual Arts gallery (the AVA), where she had her first solo exhibition in 2003. The two galleries are situated directly opposite each other in Cape Town’s cbd at 54 and 35 Church Street respectively.

 Kilmany-Jo is known for large format portrait and still life paintings in which she combines fine art and street art elements to create images with an urban feel.She is faithful to Renaissance standards of portraiture while also using spray paint to add luscious hot pink tags right over Mona Lisa’s sweet smile. She breaks the mould, allowing for spontaneity of mark-making, for dripping and for glorious, generative chaos. She is the anarchist who comes to mess with the process, revealing in her rebellion the truth of the matter – the uselessness and the peril, for women, of colouring within the patriarchal lines.

 

The exhibition closes on 16 August 2019.

Warren Maroon