About the artist
Karla Duterloo is an award winning artist with years of experience in the field of mosaic. Her expertise as a mosaic artist has allowed her to develop a truly authentic and unique style. This is particularly recognisable in her series of Nguni and other wild animal heads (buck, kudu, deer and buffalo). She has sold her animal heads to both local and international art collectors from over 20 different countries. Beyond the obvious beauty of each individual animal head (as not one is the same) there lies a deeper value within the collection as a whole.
Upon moving to South Africa Karla quickly realised the threat to the countries dwindling wildlife numbers. Her collection of animal heads serves as a vehicle to spark dialogue about this issue. Keeping the work connected to the land she incorporates a variety of locally sourced items such as different beads and beadwork seen throughout the collection. This led her to collaborate with local crafts men who shared their insight about traditional colours and the history of beading within African culture and craft.
The driving force behind Karla's work is her love and passion for all things colour.
She has a series of small 20 by 20 (cm) mosaics that play with colour and form.
Beyond mosaic, she is also a skilled abstract painter and as of recently has been experimenting with a body of work that seamlessly merges the artistry of mosaic and abstract painting together as a cohesive whole.
Her latest is a series of beadwork mosaics of bird-eye-view seascapes.
As an artist she is constantly striving for that innovative edge that keeps her art modern, relevant and dynamic whilst always staying true to her own style.
Karla initiated and organised 2 successful global Mosaic Charity Projects, (London 2012 and Nepal 2013) and has been working on a Charity MosaicArt Project in a children hospital in Cape Town.
Since living in South Africa (2011) she collaborates with the crafters in and around Cape Town, it is a new direction for her working with and alongside local artisans, use their skills, empower, transform and improve their lives, inspiring and challenging each other and setting up new creative applications for both parties and connect.
Karla her work is featured in the various international mosaic books.
Previous exhibitions in the UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy and South Africa.
Her work is held in private and corporate collections in over 20 countries.
"Time stands still, when one creates “.
My passion for mosaic and everything colour, allows me to lose myself in my own inner world.