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Alexis Preller: Africa, the Sun and Shadows
Please join us
on Sunday 28th February at 11:00  for a walkabout
of this important exhibition.
Karel Nel of Wits University, who curated the exhibition,
will conduct this tour of the exhibition. He will be sharing his ideas
and discoveries about the work of this major South African artist
As this walkabout is open to the public there will be no charge,
however donations to Friends’ projects would be welcome!
Preller was a major South African artist, whose unconventional form of expression was impossible to classify in terms of the mainstream art movements of his time. Despite his art’s elusive quality, his richly coloured paintings and distinctive, poetic vision earned him widespread critical acclaim and a host of loyal admirers.
Preller studied in London and Paris in the 1930s, where he absorbed the language of Western modernism to the extent that a critic, who had seen his work on a 1937 group exhibition in Johannesburg, called him “South Africa‘s Gauguin”. He was also influenced by Van Gogh and later by the frescoes of Piero della Francesca, the Renaissance artist.

The exhibition is accompanied by Alexis Preller, art historian Esmé Berman and artist Karel Nel’s comprehensive monograph on the artist, which consists of two volumes: an extensive biography of Preller and a collection of his works. Although the catalogue is not available for sale, orders may be placed for it. A form detailing the methods of payment and delivery is available in the Gallery Shop.
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