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Philosophy

The theme predominating in my work is the struggle between the spiritual and the physical. The point of departure is the angelic or human form in the process of metamorphosis. The mediums I use are diverse. Some mediums are used for their symbolic significance - for instance caly and sand, the very stuff of which man is created.

I strive to create forms conveying the feeling of internal eternity, trapped within a constantly changing external organic form.

Training:

  • 1961 : Studied at the Art College, Bloemfontein under Mike Edwards
  • 1962 : Studied at the Art College, Durban under Mary Steinbank
  • 1963-'66: National Teaching Diploma in Art - Johannesburg Technical College
  • 1968 : Studied at UNISA, Pretoria - Sculpture
  • 1980-'82: Studied at UNISA, Pretoria - Graphics and History of Art
  • 1989 : Studied at UNISA, Pretoria - Ceramic Sculpture

Experience:

  • 1967-'73 : Taught at various schools in and around Johannesburg
  • 1977 : Worked as a voluntary guide at the Johannesburg Art Gallery.
  • 1978 : First Art Lecturer at Khomasdal Teachers' Training College, Namibia
  • 1981-'83 : Art Lecturer, Windhoek Academy & Art Critic, Die Republikein. Served on the committee for the Arts Association.
  • 1984 : Left Namibia for Eastern Cape - Set up studio in Bonza Bay.
  • 1987-'88 : Taught ceramics at Belgravia Arts Centre, East London. Served on Arts Association committee.
  • 1989 : Returned to Johannesburg - Set up studio in Emmarentia.
  • 1991-'94 : Served in committee if Institute for Contemporary Art, Johannesburg as founder member.
  • 1993-'94 : Taught sculpture at the National School of Arts, Johannesburg.
  • 1997-'01 : Art Lecturer, Pelmama Academy, Dobsonville, Johannesburg.
  • Awards:

    1962 - Gold Diploma - Sculpture, Orange Free State Art Competition, Bloemfontein.

    1973 - Sculpture Prize Expo - East London.

    1979 - Diploma and Study Award for Graphic Work - American Academy, Paris.

    1984 - Bronze Trophy for Graphic Work - Cagliari, Italy.

    1997 - International Merit Award Diploma for Excellence - Stockholm, Sweden.

    Solo Exhibitions:

    1975 - Cecil MArk Gallery, Illovo, Johannesburg.

    1976 - National Museum, Bloemfontein.

    1977 - Market Theatre, Johannesburg.

    1978 - Association of Arts, Windhoek, Namibia.

    1981 - Association of Arts, Windhoek, Namibia.

    1982 - Happening & Launching of Poetry book by Dorian Haarhoff.

    1982 - Exhibition with photographer Amy Schoeman, Windhoek.

    1985 - Renco Art Gallery, East London.

    1985 - Eastern Province Art Association, Port Elizabeth.

    1986 - Carriagehouse Gallery, Johannesburg.

    1986 - National Arts Festival (on the Fringe), Grahamstown.

    1987 - National Arts Festival (on the Fringe), Grahamstown.

    1989 - Ann Bryant Municipal Gallery, East London.

    1990 - Johannes Stegman Gallery, UOFS, Bloemfontein.

    1991 - Gallery Ann, Gaborone, Botswana.

    1993 - Ateljee Thijs Nel, Randburg, Johannesburg.

    1996 - Klein Karoo Arts Festival, Oudshoorn.

    1996 - Attic Gallery, East London.

    2001 - New Century Gallery, Rivonia, Johannesburg.

    Major Group Exhibitions - National & International:

    1966 - Transvaal Academy, Johannesburg.

    1966 - Republic Festival, Pretoria

    1983 - 7th International Triennial of Graphic Art, Frenchen, Germany.

    1984 - International Prix of Contemporary Art, Mente Carlo, Monaco.

    1984 - 2nd International Biennial at Cagliari, Italy.

    1986 - Centre International d'Art Contemporain, Paris, France.

    1987 - Prestige Exhibition of Eastern Cape artists, Ann Bryant Gallery, East London.

    1990 - 9th International Triennial of Graphic Art in Frenchen, Germany.

    1994 - Third Biennial of SA Ceramic Awards, Durbanville, Cape Town.

    1996 - Women's Arts Festival, Playhouse Complex, Durban.

    1997 - 4th International Exhibition of female artists, Stockholm, Sweden.

    1998 - Group Exhibition Art Addiction - Venice, Italy.

    1998 - International Biennial, Trevi Flash Art Museum, Italy.

    1999 - Sharjah international Arts Biennial, United Arab Emirates.

    2001 - 2nd World Festival of Art on Paper, Dunajska Ljubljana, Slovenia.

    Group Exhibitions - Selected:

    1973 - Expo 73, East London.

    1974 - Milner Art Gallery, Bedfordview.

    1975 - Arts Festival, Bedfordview.

    1984 - Ann Bryant Municipal Gallery, East London.

    1986 - Eastern Province Arts Society, Port Elizabeth.

    1986 - Images of SA, Community Project, Cape Town.

    1988 - Selected works, Ann Bryant, East London.

    1993 - Institute of Contemporary Art, Johannesburg.

    1995 - Sandton Municipal Gallery, Johannesburg.

    1995 - Congress of SA Artists, Union building, Pretoria.

    2000 - SA Association of Arts, Pretoria (Printers Guild).

    2001 - The Art Place, Johannesburg.

    Public Collections & Commissions:

    • National Art Gallery, Namibia - graphic
    • Ann Bryant Municipal Gallery, East London - graphic
    • Olga Levinson Collection, Windhoek - graphic
    • University of Orange Free State, Bloemfontein - bronze sculpture
    • Technikon Bloemfontein - bronze sculpture
    • Edenvale Library, Edenvale - bust of founder
    • Khomasdal Teachers' Training college, Namibia - bust of first rector
    • Indaba foyer, Gaborone, Botswana - 3 ceramic sculptures
    • Rietfontein Hospital - bust of 1st superintendent
    • Union Building, Pretoria - graphic works

    Private Collections:

  • South Africa
  • Monaco
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Holland
  • Namibia
  • Botswana
  • England
  • America
  • Sweden

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