Cathy Layzell

Cathy worked as a designer and art director in book publishing in London in the mid-nineties before committing to painting full-time in 2002. From 2003 to 2007 Cathy studied at the Painting School of Montmirail in the South West of France (near Toulouse). In 2008, she stayed at Matisse's former home and studio ‘Villa La Reve’ near Nice, where she studied the legacy of Matisse under the guidance of the British colourist Gary Wragg. Cathy exhibited extensively in the UK before returning to Cape Town in 2008. She had her debut solo show at the Irma Stern Museum in October 2009, followed by solo shows at the Dorp Street Gallery in Stellenbosch in 2010 and the Casa Labia Cultural Centre in Muizenberg in 2013. During 2014 Cathy was a resident artist for 3 months at ‘Luvey ‘n Rose’ in the Bo-Kaap, Cape Town.