ARTIST’S C.V.

Career goals:

I would like people to buy my paintings for the pleasure of living with them, not just for their investment value. I hope that anyone who buys one of my paintings today will still treasure it in 20, 30 or 50 years’ time.  When people try to describe my work, it would please me if they use words like “magical”,” mystical” and “spiritual”. I’d like to be remembered with gratitude when I’m gone.

Career history:

  • 1972/3 Lived on island of Formentera in Mediterranean, made a living doing quick portraits and street scenes for tourists
  • 1978 First one-man show in Cape Town
  • 1979, 1980, 1993 and 2002 Corporate-sponsored one-man shows
  • 1986 – 1994: Part-time postage stamp designer
  • 1985 – 2016 Commissioned by Sun International (5 large oils in Table Bay hotel, 2 large + 4 small oils in GrandWest casino) Board of Executors, and First National Bank. Also Eidai Corp, Japan, as well as various private clients in Europe, the Americas and the East.
  • 1989 – 94: Worked entirely with handmade paint. Thereafter used a mixture of home-made and bought paint for several years.
  • 1997 Interviewed & filmed working with hand-made paint in my studio for German T.V.
  • 1993 Two-man show with Johan Coetzee at Sanlam Gallery, Bellville
  • 1994 Included in touring exhibition “40 Cape Artists” by S.A. Assn of Arts
  • 1975 – 2005 Won various prizes for drawings, paintings and stamp designs, including “Best Work on Show” in the “Pulse of Africa” exhibition (fringe event at first Johannesburg Biennale)
  • 1995 Included in “Art ‘95” “Top 70” exhibition in New York
  • 1983 – 1997: Group shows in Spain, England, Australia, USA (New York + Spokane), Netherlands, Colombia
  • 1998 Started painting abstracts. Fascinated by the relationship between painting and other arts such as music, dance, theatre and the martial arts
  • 2000 – 2011 Gradual increase in size of abstracts from miniature to mural + gradual progress from part-time to full-time focus on abstracts
  • 2002 One-man show in The Hague, Netherlands, (realism) opened by S.A. Ambassador
  • 2003 One-man show with Johans Borman Gallery (realism)
  • 2003+ I’ve been invited to give talks, demonstrations and workshops to various local art societies
  • 2004 held 2-day workshop on advanced oil painting technique for members of the South African Society of Artists
  • 2005 held 3-day workshop for honours and masters students from the University of the Orange Free State in which I taught them how to make their own paints and mediums
  • 2008 Abstracts included in group show, Cape Gallery
  • 2011 International one-man show of abstract and fantasy paintings on internet with Green Chair Gallery
  • 2013 Large abstract sold on group show at Saxon Hotel, Johannesburg
  • 2017 Successful one-man show at Cape Gallery. 12 works sold.
  • 2017 Participated in group show “To dream or not to dream?” at Cape Gallery

Skills:

  • Accurate and sensitive realistic drawings and paintings, of a wide variety of subjects, in a variety of mediums.
  • Abstract and Fantasy paintings in acrylic and oil.
  • Perspective drawing and architectural illustration.
  • Postage stamp design.
  • Painting miniatures in watercolour, oil and acrylic.
  • Making watercolours, oils, acrylics and pastels by hand.
  • Negotiating commissions with clients. Providing a full logistical service including framing, packing and freighting to international destinations.
  • Negotiating group shows and hanging exhibitions.
  • Restoration of paintings, sculptures and fine old frames.
  • Demonstrating and teaching art.
  • Public speaking.
  • Negotiating and supervising high quality art reproductions.
  • Calligraphy and illumination.

Academic qualifications:

None. I taught myself to draw and paint between the ages of 9 and 11. At the age of 11, I was drawing recognizable portraits in pencil. By the age of 13 I’d sold my first oil. When I matriculated in 1968 with art as a subject, I’d already begun my professional career, selling small impressionistic landscapes, still lives and interiors to local art dealers. It took several more years to establish myself as a full-time artist. During this time I worked in a variety of art-related jobs, completed my first year in architecture at UCT, and was a full-time student at the Ruth Prowse School of Art for 6 months. I began what was to have been a B.A. Fine Art with UNISA in 1971. Although I passed the first-year courses in English and Philosophy, the degree was never completed. I also worked as a designer’s assistant to Keith Anderson and as Art Director on a series of movie advertisements filmed by Ashley Lazarus. This last job financed my move to the island of Formentera in the Meditteranean, where I was able for the first time to earn a living as a full-time artist.

 

 

A lifetime exploring new possibilities

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