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I would appreciate anyone with a painting(s) of mine to email me images to include in this website. This is a start to attempt to assess, explain and support my work and a need for chronological perspective. As an art student during the 1960s and 70s I tended to experiment freely with ideas originating in Europe and America. I was influenced by post-painterly abstraction, a movement that asserted that painting is primarily about engaging with a flat surface and pigment, staining and painting colour onto the canvas in flat, hard-edged passages.

I also engaged the aesthetics of Op Art. Colour and shape are deployed to create visual illusions of depth and perspective. These works culminated in winning the painting section of the New Signatures Exhibition and afterwards an exhibition at Gallery 21, Johannesburg in 1973. These works stand apart from my later work and contrast dramatically.

In 1975 (exhibition Ansdell Gallery London) in addition to the box-perspective paintings, there is an introduction of a series of silkscreens and paintings of African graves and seascapes. In 1976 (exhibition Goodman Gallery Johannesburg) combined paintings of stone walls done in Devon England and African grave series done in the Magaliesburg. By 1978 (exhibition Goodman Gallery Johannesburg) all the images disappeared and the gallery was filled with large minimal, monochromatic, ethereal canvases suggesting landscapes.

From 1980, for the past 30 years, these surfaces evolved through many stages and aspects, the inner imaginations of my mind, often with titles chosen from the writings of Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and Jacques Lacan.

Some South African art, produced since the 1980s, has tended towards representational imagery reflecting the socio-political circumstances. As the political struggle intensified, art in response to the tragic narratives of Apartheid dominated the art scene. Contrary to my opposition to the narrow political concepts my art did not consciously illustrate the socio-political realities of the time. My work did not join mainstream cutting-edge South African art.

My work has been a private and personal journey, with interests in mystical and metaphysical themes. The history of art in S.A. is rich and complex with permutations, interactions and influences; artists have shifted back and forth between all aspects of realism and abstraction and will continue to challenge the parameters of any confining categories.


Gallery 21's Exhibition Space in 1973
(Courtesy Haenggi Foundation, Switzerland)

Exhibition at Gallery 21 in 1973

Exhibition at Gallery 21 in 1973

Preparing for the exhibition at Ansdell Gallery, London
8 to 27 April 1975

Exhibition at Ansdell Gallery, London
8 to 27 April 1975

Exhibition at Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
24 September - 8 October 1983

Exhibition at Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
24 September - 8 October 1983

Exhibition at The Wedgewood Gallery, Johannesburg
30 November - 10 December 1994

Anton Uys on his exhibition at The Wedgewood Gallery, Johannesburg
30 November - 10 December 1994

Floating Box, 1973
Silkscreen, Ed.30
1020 x 660

Floating Box series and Metaphysical Boxes 7 (1973)

Man Architecture and Landscape I, 1973
1200 x 1800

Man Architecture and Landscape II, 1973
1210 x 2050
(Pelmama Collection)

Man Architecture and Landscape III, 1973
1500 x 1500

Man Architecture and Landscape IV, 1973
1200 x 1500

Man Architecture Landscape, 1973
Silkscreen, Ed.30
660 x 1020

Metaphysical Boxes IV, 1973
1010 x 1680
(Dimension Data collection)

Metaphysical Boxes VII, 1973
1170 x 1750

Metaphysical Boxes I, 1975
900 x 1760

Metaphysical Boxes II, 1975
900 x 1760

Metaphysical Boxes III, 1975
900 x 1760
(Artist's collection)

Metaphysical Boxes IV, 1975
900 x 1760

Metaphysical Boxes VIII, 1975
1170 x 1750
(Artist's collection)

Seascape 1 and Her Desert like a Garden (1975)

Seascape I, 1975
Silkscreen with photo positive, Ed.30
420 x 410


Seascape 2 and 3 (1975)

Seascape II, 1975
Silkscreen with photo positive, Ed.20
370 x 610

Seascape III, 1975
Silkscreen with photo positive, Ed.30
350 x 860

African Graves Series and Metaphysical Boxes 8 (1975)

Going Away, 1975
Silkscreen with photo positive, Ed.30
400 x 590

African Grave, 1975
Silkscreen with photo positive, Ed.25
380 x 560

African Grave Man Christ Thorn, 1975
Silkscreen with photo positive, Ed.30
400 x 560

Cup On African Grave, 1975
Silkscreen with photo positive, Ed.30
400 x 560

Objects in a Landscape, 1976
895 x 995
(Hester Rupert Museum)

Landscape III, 1976
2360 x 1520
(Sanlam Art Collection)

Stone Wall, 1976
2000 x 1300

Cloud Study, 1977
600 x 750

The Desert Like her Garden II, 1978
1200 x 1000

Orsons Painting, 1980
1620 x 1620

Three Landscapes and This Metaphysical Division, 1988
1700 x 4200
(Transnet Art Collection)

0 That Keep Some Memory, 1990
750 x 1200

Ancient Forest, 1990
150 x 200

Memory Of Trees, 1990
150 x 200

Recovering Memory, 1990
150 x 200

Trees As Fantasy, 1990
150 x 200

For The Moment Our Horizon II, 1992
1600 x 3000

Mneme, 1994
Catalogue # 19
270 x 2000

Fortunate Land, 1994
1200 x 2000

Mneme, 1994
300 x 400

Some Lone Forest Place, 1994
150 x 200

Secret of Dreams, 1994
760 x 1000
(Metropolitan Life)

Her Desert, 1995
1000 x 1000

Retreat, 1996
1000 x 1000

Bow, 1997
1500 x 2000

Varying Degrees To The Life Of A Dreamer, 1997
300 x 200

Mysterious Earth Bares The Sky, 1998
500 x 750

Untitled Diptych, 1998
2400 x 1600 each

For The Moment Our Horizon, 1999
1500 x 2000

Oceanic Feeling, 1999
1150 x 1700

Searching Land, 1999
1150 x 1700

Mneme, 1999
600 x 900

Seascape From Fortunate Land Series, 2000
760 x 1200

Mysterious Earth, 2000
900x1200

From Fortunate Land Series, 2002
1800 x 1200

Apotheosis, 2002
750 x 1200

In The Dream A Waterfall, 2004
750 x 1200

Oceanic Feeling, 2004
1500 x 2000

I Set My Rainbow In The Sky, 2005
1500 x 2000

In The Dream A Path, 2007
750 x 1200

Desert Like A Garden, 2007
420 x 610

And The Trees Are For Healing I, 2008
900 x 2100

Mneme, 2008
1200 x 1800

Untitled, 2009
Catalogue # 182.2
750 x 1200

Oceanic Feeling, 2009
Catalogue # 188
230 x 300

Full Moon, 2009
750 x 1200

Exhibition at the RCHCC, Great Park Synagogue, Houghton, Johannesburg
July 2010

Exhibition : Grande Provence (Heritage Wine Estate), Franschhoek (Guest artist)
August 2010

Retreat - Some Lone Forest Place, 2010
740 x 1200

Cloud in Dream Content, 2010
1800 x 1200

Mystic Rite, 2011
1000 x 2300

Speak Forest Speak, 2012
1000 x 2300

Speak Cloud Speak, 2013
1800 x 1200

Mysterious Earth, 2013
1200 x 1800
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