Open Church Street: Eclectica Contemporary presents Exhibition Opening of Cathy Layzell with an talk by Patricia Ezpeleta, a renowned conceptual designer and entrepreneur

15 February 2024
10:00 – 12:00
Eclectica Contemporary
56 Church Street , 8001, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Eclectica Contemporary is excited to host a solo by Cathy Layzell for Open Church 2024. Opening Layzell studied at Rhodes University and completed a Post-graduate diploma in Fine Art from Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2013. From 2003 to 2007 she returned to the Painting School of Montmirail in the South West of France (near Toulouse) where she developed her life-long interest in colour theory. Layzell exhibited extensively in the UK before returning to Cape Town in 2008. At close range, the paintings are constructed from the textures of nature – rock, foliage, air, and water, appear nearly abstract – a dancing network of innumerable brushstrokes.


" Working in a gestural and abstract style, I investigate humankind’s evolving relationship to nature, where an impulse to shape, tame and control the natural world lives alongside a desire to yield to its wildness and danger. When painting I strive for unconscious creation; embracing the notion that the image is painting itself through me and that I am collaborating in something that is greater than myself. There is an element of unknowing and of surrender into possibilities that are beyond my control. "



Join us for an exclusive preview morning to the Investec Art Fair at the Eclectica Contemporary with an enlightening talk by Patricia Ezpeleta, a renowned conceptual designer and entrepreneur, as she explores the transformative capabilities of technological innovation in fostering creativity and artistic expression.


Patricia will also curate an artistic narrative that emphasises the importance of flexibility and adaptation in the current landscape illustrated with the featured gallery exhibition. Savour the morning with a touch of sophistication as we'll be serving bubbly on arrival, providing the perfect setting to mingle with fellow art enthusiasts and industry professionals.



Patricia is a conceptual designer and entrepreneur involved in ventures bringing innovation to arts, culture and luxury sectors. With a distinguished portfolio from a young age, she has collaborated with industry giants such as Universal Music, Noounoouri, Venice Biennale, Art Dubai, Refik Anadol collectors, Andrés Reisinger and the cofounder of the Palais de Tokyo, among others.

Specialising in crafting concepts and narratives across visual, written, digital, spatial, and experiential realms, Patricia aims to channel the uniqueness and purpose of the brands in ways that are both visual aesthetic and intellectually engaging.

Leveraging cutting-edge technologies like AI, NFTs, metaverse, blockchain, VR+AR, Patricia elevates the potential of the concepts and enhances the communication and engagement with the audience while staying ahead of the trends.

She has been a lecturer on innovation for creative industries at the European School of Economics, the American University of Dubai, and CEU San Pablo. She has also served as an advisor to companies, brands, artists and non profits like Deloitte, Bvlgari, David Bellemere and Tara Foundation, contributing to the intersection of creativity and technology in the evolving landscape of high-end design. She also supports the galleries of Madrid with a non for profit programme on innovation and art diffusion.

Her role in shaping the forefront of cultural trends distinguishes her as an influential figure in the contemporary scene.


Eclectica Contemporary
56 Church Street , 8001, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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