Category Archives: Art History

George Pemba | South African Art History

South African Artist George Pemba

South African Art History: George Pemba Hi, I am artist Lillian Gray,  and I have someone you need to meet. South African artist George Pemba!   George Pemba is an artist who defeated the stereotype that black people could not become professional painters during the Apartheid regime in South Africa. Pemba is often referred to as […]

Art project: Paul Klee

Art Project Paul Klee  Oil Pastels on a blackboard History Lesson: Paul Klee (1879 – 1940) was a German artist. He and his colleague, Russian painter Wassily Bauhaus school of art, design and architecture. His works reflect his dry humor and his sometimes childlike perspective, his personal moods and beliefs, and his musicality. You will need: […]

Art Project: Gregoire Boonzaier

Art project Gregoire Boonzaier Scraperboard  History Lesson: Gregoire Boonzaier (31 July 1909 – 22 April 2005) was a South African artist well known for his landscapes, portraits and still life paintings. He was a famous exponent of Cape Impressionism, a founder of the New Group, and a contributor, through his artworks, to the struggle against apartheid. […]

Guest Artists in our Studio

Our founder Lillian Gray will be travelling Europe during August. (We know, though life hey.) But instead of all the students bursting into tears, missing Lillian we thought; “What can we do that would make August so epic they won’t even notice that Lillian is gone?”  And then the light bulb appeared. Why not invite the awesome […]

William Kentridge, not just black & white

William Kentridge is a South African draftsman, performer, and filmmaker. Best known for his animated drawings, the central focus of Kentridge’s oeuvre has been to examine the years before and after apartheid. The artist conflates his autobiography with that of fictionalized characters to relate his narratives, rendering his signature expressive, gestural drawings in black charcoal and […]

Salvador Dali ’s wonderful absurd worlds

Salvador Dali lived in a tumultuous time in History. His life from 1904 – 1989 spanned over World War I, The Great Depression, World War II and the fall of the Berlin Wall. In Psychology Sigmund Freud’s theories of the subconscious and psychoanalysis was popular and spreading over Europe. If we combine all these elements we find a zeitgeist […]

The most celebrated dwarf of all times, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Copious amounts of money, not accepted by his father, deformed, unnaturally short, lover of reading and knowledge, highly skilled and gifted, drawn to prostitutes and drinking…NO I am not talking about Tyrion Lannister, I am talking about Henri de Toulouse- Lautrec. An extremely gifted artist with a sad story. You might have spotted this famous artist in the acclaimed […]

Celebrating Irma Stern

Irma Stern is still considered to be South Africa’s foremost artist in terms of public recognition and the record prices that her works fetch at an auction.  At first, misunderstood for her highly individual and Modernist style by the conservative and shockable public of Cape Town, she gradually won acceptance and eventually acclaim. Her strong […]

Pierneef – the iconic landscape artist

Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef (usually referred to as Pierneef) (13 August 1886 Pretoria – 4 October 1957 Pretoria), was a South African landscape artist, generally considered to be one of the best of the old South African masters. His distinctive style is widely recognised and his work was greatly influenced by the South African landscape. Most of his landscapes were of […]