Fine South African Art

Hermanus

Western Cape

South Africa

Our Artists - SA Masters

We offer a wide selection of paintings, drawings, graphic art, photographs and sculptures by leading South African artists.

Lionel Abrams

Studied at the Wits Technical Art School from 1951-1953 and left thereafter to specialise in London in textile design (1954-55)   Read More...

Born in Johannesburg in 1931
Died there in 1997

Studied at the Wits Technical Art School from 1951-1953 and left thereafter to specialise in London in textile design (1954-55). He lived in Spain until 56.

After returning to South Africa he completed his studies for the National Art Teachers Certificate in 1959.

From 1960 –64 he taught at Florida Park High School and was awarded a bronze medal at Transvaal Academy in 1965.

Until 1977 he offered private classes at his own Art School. In his oils and graphic art, which he printed at the Graphic Studio run by Fred Schimmel, he often chose interior themes as his subject. He became known as one of the first successful abstract–expressionist artists in South Africa and influenced many of his fellow artists and students, especially in Johannesburg.

In the sixties and early seventies, when both serigraphs currently on exhibition were created, Abrams’ oil paintings and prints were partly monochromatic, introspective and meditative in character.

In later years his use of colour became more austere, turning to spectral colours, whereby the works tended to reflect his impressions of nature in near-figurative forms.

Abrams participated in numerous group exhibitions from 1959 in South Africa and abroad, and his works are represented in a great variety of private and public collections such as Durban Art Gallery; Johannesburg Art Gallery; Potchefstroom Museum; Pretoria Art Museum; SA National Gallery, Cape Town; University of Natal, Durban; University of South Africa, Pretoria; University of the Witwatersrand; William Humphries Art Gallery, Kimberley.

SOLD - Interior, 1972
Silkscreen
61x 98 cm Size x Size

SOLD - Untitled, 1974
Sikscreen
82 x 82 cm

Walter Whall Battiss

After moving with his parents from Somerset East to Koffiefontein, young Walter Battiss became intensely interested in archeology and primitive art in 1917   Read More...


Born in Somerset East in 1906
Died in Port Shepstone in 1982

After moving with his parents from Somerset East to Koffiefontein, young Walter Battiss became intensely interested in archeology and primitive art in 1917. The family settled in Fauresmith in 1919, where he matriculated in 1923 and started working in 1924 as a clerk in the Magistrate’s Court in Rustenburg. In 1929 he was transferred to the Supreme Court in Johannesburg, where he was also able to attend art classes.

Battiss studied part-time at the Witwatersrand Technical College in 1929. From 1930-32 he became a full-time student at the Johannesburg Teachers’ Training College and at the University of the Witwatersrand. He obtained a teaching diploma and in 1940 a BA (Fine Arts) degree through the University of South Africa.

After receiving the teaching diploma he started to teach art at Park School in Turffontein, Johannesburg. In 1936 he was appointed as art teacher at Pretoria’s Boys’ High School, where according to Esmé Berman, “his dynamic influence was to operate – with interruptions – for almost 30 years …”. (p.56)

He began to study rock art, became a founding member of the Transvaal Art Society in 1937 and joined the New Group (1938 –40), which was in close contact with renowned overseas artists. In 1949, he co-founded the International Art Club SA. He became the Chairman of the South African Arts Association and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Royal Society of Arts in London from 1954 –58.

Battiss visited Europe in 1938 and published in the following year his first book "The Amazing Bushman" and discovered a treasure trove of rock art at Zastron, Orange Free State.

His interest in primitive rock art had a profound influence on his concept of art and he elevated San painting to an important art form. An expedition into the Namib Desert (1948) and his stay within the Bushmen community made an enormous impact on his art. From 1940 onwards his art changed in style from mostly realistic to symbolic painting.

He visited Greece in the period from 1966 to 1968 and the Seychelles in 1972, a journey which inspired his make-believe concept of Fook Island.

Battiss published nine books, wrote numerous articles and founded the periodical "del Arte".

He became the principal of the Pretoria Art Centre in 1953 and taught there until 1958. In the year 1959 he was appointed Head of the Fine Arts department at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, but left the small town after a few months and returned to teaching at Pretoria Boys High School.

From 1964 until his retirement in 1971 Battiss held the Chair at the Fine Arts department at UNISA. The university conferred a D.Litt et Phil (honoris causa) on Battiss in 1973.

In 1948, Battiss was awarded a Bronze Medal and Diploma at the occasion of the Olympiad Art Competition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; in 1964 he received a Medal of Honour for Painting from the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns.

Battiss executed a number of public commissions and his works are represented in all major public collections in South Africa and in many private South African and overseas collections.

SOLD - Untitled
Silkscreen
28 x 40cm

Christo Coetzee

Christo Coetzee grew up in Johannesburg and completed his BA (Fine Arts)
degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1950.   Read More...


Born in Johannesburg in 1929
Died in Tulbagh in 2001

Christo Coetzee grew up in Johannesburg and completed his BA (Fine Arts) degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1950.

In 1951 his first solo exhibition at ID Books Gallery was held in Cape Town. Christo was awarded a postgraduate scholarship in 1951-52 from the Council of the University of the Witwatersrand for studies in London at the Slade School under Professor William Coldstream.

While traveling in Europe he visited Barcelona and was very impressed with the baroque style applied by the architect Gaudi at the Basilica of the Holy Family and the Apartment building in the Catalan city.

Christo stayed in London after completing his studies and had a solo exhibition at Hanover Gallery (1955). After he moved to Paris in 1956, his career took off significantly, especially as the internationally well-known Galerie Stadler accepted him into their international stable of artists and provided him with the possibility to participate in their avant-garde exhibitions. The gallery organised two solo exhibitions in Japan, in Tokyo (1959) and in Osaka (1960).

From that time onwards Coetzee’s works were shown in solo exhibitions overseas:

  • 1961: Galerie Stadler, Paris France
    Galeria d’Arte del Naviglio, Milan, Italy
  • 1963: Galerie Stadler . Galerie Aujourd’hui, Brussels, Belgium
  • 1974: Galeria Arabal, Callossa, Alicante, Spain
  • 1985: Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan and in South Africa

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

  • 1965: Retrospective exhibition 1948-65,
    Pretoria Art Museum
  • 1966: Lidchi Gallery, Johnnesburg
  • 1967: SA Art Association of Arts, Pretoria
  • 1968: Stellenbosch Museum, Stellenbosch
  • 1969: Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
  • 1971: SA Association of Arts, Cape Town
  • 1971: SA Association of Arts, Windhoek
  • 1973: Potchefstroom University for CHE
  • 1975: Rand Afrikaanse University, Johannesburg
  • 1978: University of Stellenbosch
  • 1978: (Protest Exhibition) SA Association of Arts, Pretoria
  • 1980: Gallery 21, Johannesburg
  • 1983: Retrospective exhibition (1965-83),
    Pretoria Art Museum
  • 1987: Rand Afrikaanse University, Johannesburg
  • 1990: University of Pretoria
  • 1994: Commemoration Exhibition and Conference, Sasol Museum, University of Stellenbosch
  • 1997: Galerie Stadler, Paris, Donation Exhibition and Sasol Art Museum, University of Stellenbosch and Joan St Leger Lindbergh Arts Foundation, Muizenberg
  • 1999: Retrospective exhibition 1947-99,
    Sasol Art Museum, University of Stellenbosch

Reference: Muller Ballot: "Christo Coetzee", Human and Rousseau

SOLD - Tubular Form, 1975
Lithograph
53 x 74 cm

Bride
Oil on board
24.5 x 18cm

SOLD - Head, 1995
Oil on board
130 x 120 cm

Portrait
Oil on board
24 x 14cm

Hannes Harrs

His oil paintings and wooden sculptures have been the focal point of several solo exhibitions since 1965   Read More...


1927 Born in Eckernfoerde, Germany
Died 25 May 2006 in Johannesburg

  • 1943-44 Pupil of Carl Lambertz
  • 1950 Arrived in South Africa
  • 1956-60 Studies at the Johannesburg School of Art
    On graduating Harrs turned his attention to printmaking, mainly on woodcut prints, of which some are still available. His oil paintings and wooden sculptures have been the focal point of several solo exhibitions since 1965. The collages and totems are dedicated to the Kuba tribe in the DRC, a tribe well known for weaving raffia textiles since the 12th century and for carving tribal objects.

Selected solo and group exhibitions in SA
and in foreign countries:


  • 1961 Egon Guenther Gallery, Johannesburg
  • 1971 Kunsthalle Windhoek SA Graphics, Vienna, Tel Aviv
  • 1988 Guild Gallery, Pretoria
  • 1989 Heimatmuseum, Eckernfoerde
  • 1990 Interart, Moskau
  • 1991 Guild Gallery, Pretoria
  • 1992 Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles
  • 1994 Ubuntu, Preussag, Hannover
  • 1997 Galerie Leonardis, Oberursel
  • 2000 Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles
  • 2001 Gallery on the Square, Johannesburg
  • 2003 ABSA Bank, Art gallery
  • 2004 Third eye Gallery, Cape Town
  • 2005 Heimatmuseum, Eckernfoerde, Germany and Abalone Gallery, Hermanus

Public collections:
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Pretoria Art Museum
Durban Art Gallery
Rembrandt Art Foundation, Stellenbosch
Preussag/ (TUI) Collection, Hannover, Germany
Absa Bank Collection
Sasol Collection

SOLD - Untitled, 2001
Collage
80 x 100 cm

SOLD - Kuba Collage, 2004
Mixed media on canvas
120 x 100 cm

SOLD - Totem, 2005
Mixed media on wood
100 x 16 x 4,5 cm

SOLD - Kuba Collage, 2001
Mixed media on canvas
50 x 40 cm

Kuba Collage, 2001
Mixed media on canvas
100 x 120 cm

SOLD - Untitled, 1986
Oil on board
46 x 58 cm

Wall panel, 2004
Mixed media on wood
150 x 23 x 3 cm

SOLD - Kuba Collage, 2004
Mixed media on canvas
100 x 120 cm

SOLD - Mask, 1975
Woodcut
50 x 40cm

African Form, 1976
Collograph
42 x 31 cm

Judith Mason

Judith Mason was born in Pretoria in 1938 and obtained a BA degree in Fine Art at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1962.   Read More...


Judith Mason was born in Pretoria in 1938 and obtained a BA degree in Fine Art at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1962. She taught painting at the Wits Technical Art School, the University of the Witwatersrand and occasionally at other institutions on a casual basis, e.g. University of Pretoria, Michaelis School of Art in Cape Town. From 1989 – 91 she taught at the Scuola Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Italy. From 1993 – 97 she was an external examiner at the Universities of Potchefstroom, Pretoria and Cape Town for undergraduate students and Masters' Degrees.

Today she is a renowned painter and graphic artist of symbolic and mythological landscapes, figures and portraits. Mason works primarily in oils and pencil, but has also incorporated various graphic media and objets trouvés in her work and created a number of artists' books.

Judith Mason's work is drawn or painted in reaction to her world: political events, comments she has read, snippets of history or poetry that have caught her eye, or the experience of certain people or animals which generally appear in a symbolic context.

Exhibitions (selection):

  • 1964 First solo exhibition at Gallery 101
  • 1966 Venice Biennale, Italy
  • 1973 Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil
  • 1975 Prestige solo exhibition at Pretoria Art Museum
  • 1978 Johannesburg Art Gallery
  • 1980 Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
  • 1982 Retrospective Exhibition, Rand Afrikaans University
  • 1984 Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
  • 1986 Association of Arts, Windhoek, Namibia
  • 1990 Gallery on the Market, Johannesburg
  • 1995 Chelsea Gallery, Cape Town
  • 1996 Karen McKerron Gallery, Johannesburg
  • 2000 Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg
  • 2002 Art on Paper Gallery, Johannesburg:
  • 2005 Art on Paper Gallery, Johannesburg
  • 2008 Standard Bank, Johannesburg, Retrospective: Prospect of Icons
  • 2009 Sasol Museum, Stellenbosch
  • 2009 Art Basel, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.A.
  • 2011 Art on Paper, Johannesburg:
    Rictus Sardonicus: Mouthpieces and other things

Collections:
Mason's work is represented in all major public South African art collections as well as in the collections of private and public bodies in Europe and the U.S.A. Public commissions include tapestries in collaboration with Margaret Stephens. Commissions include stained glass window designs for the Great Park Synagogue in Johannesburg.

Publications:
Publications include a mixed media portfolio in collaboration with Ted Townsend, "A Dante Bestiary" (ombondi editions, New York, 1990); lithographs for "selected poems" by Patrick Cullinan (The Artist's Press, 1993) and "Talking pictures" (essays published in 1988 by Broederstroom Press).

SOLD - Empedocles Sphere, 2005
Oil on canvas
100 x 100 cm

SOLD - Viewing God from Observatory
Oil on board
286 x 118 cm

SOLD - Mary Magdalene's nimbus, 1992/1993
Oil on canvas
123 x 123 cm

SOLD - Landscape
pencil drawing
50 x 41.5 cm

SOLD - Baby
pencil drawing
25 x 20.8 cm

SOLD - Oracle, 2014
pencil and pastel drawing
55 x 43 cm

SOLD - Monkey describing a circle, 1984
pencil drawing
64 x 49 cm

SOLD - Metaphor Box: Labyrinth
Ten original lithographs, 1978

Fred Schimmel

A painter working in oil, watercolour, gouache and ink. He was also a renowned graphic artist, specialising in silkscreens and works on handmade paper    Read More...

Born 1928 in Amsterdam, died 23 June 2009 in Johannesburg

Lived in South Africa from 1948.

A painter working in oil, watercolour, gouache and ink. He was also a renowned graphic artist, specialising in silkscreens and works on handmade paper in carborundum technique.

Studies: 1946-47 at the Kunstnijverheids-School, now known as the Rietveld Akademie, Amsterdam. After immigrating with his parents to South Africa he worked as an assistant to a commercial printer in Johannesburg.

From 1954 until 1957 Fred Schimmel taught voluntarily at the Polly Street Art Centre, Johannesburg. Along with other artists such as Cecil Skotnes, Hannes Harrs and Larry Scully, he contributed significantly to the training and development of black South African artists, who later had a major impact on the South African art scene and whose works are very much in demand today.

In 1970 he launched his own graphic studio and founded the Graphic Club of South Africa. He started collaborating with artists like Walter Battiss, who — like Fred Schimmel — focused on the silkscreen technique, Lucky Sibiya, Winston Saoli, Cecil Skotnes and many others.

He participated in numerous group exhibitions from 1960 in South Africa, Europe, the U.S.A. and Australia.

Schimmel held his first solo exhibition at the Egon Guenther Gallery in Johannesburg. Many others followed especially in the Netherlands and Germany. A solo exhibition was held at the Pretoria Art Association in April 2006. He participated in numerous group exhibitions at the Abalone Gallery and had one solo show to commemorate his 80th birthday on 5 September 2008 at the ABALONE GALLERY in Hermanus.

A retrospective exhibition was held in November 2008 at the SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch. A catalogue was published at this event.

SOLD - Untitled, 2006
Mixed media on paper
64 x 52 cm

Untitled, w.y.
Mixed media on paper
55 x 44.5 cm

SOLD - Untitled
Mixed media on paper
60 x 37 cm

SOLD - Red landscape, 1988
Mixed media on paper
45 x 65 cm

Untitled, 2001
Mixed media
54 x 45 cm

Lucky Sibiya

Sibiya was largely self-taught but received some guidance from well-known artist Cecil Skotnes and the late Bill Ainslie while in Johannesburg.   Read More...

Born 1942 in Vryheid, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, was killed 1999 in a car accident.

Sibiya was largely self-taught but received some guidance from well-known artist Cecil Skotnes and the late Bill Ainslie while in Johannesburg.

He started his artistic career by carving pattern on gourds. This led to his wood panel carvings.

His first solo exhibition of these panels was in Johannesburg in 1974, meanwhile exhibitions of his wood panels and prints such as woodcuts and serigraphs took place regularly. He has created murals in wood and mosaic for the Leratong Hospital in Krugersdorp and the Rainbow Chickens Farm in KwaZulu Natal.

He was a prodigious carver who executed his design with skill and sensitivity. Most of his themes were related to aspects of Zulu history which he applied decoratively and colourfully.

In 1975 he produced a volume of 15 colour woodcuts, UMABATHA, based on the playwright Welcome Msotlisi’s interpretation of Macbeth in the Zulu idiom.

SOLD - Umabatha series I, 1975

SOLD - Umabatha series, I, 1975

SOLD - Umabatha series, 1977
Woodblock print

SOLD - Warrriors, 1979
Silkscreen

SOLD - Mother Africa, 1979
Silkscreen

SOLD - Music, 1979
Silkscreen