ANNA VORSTER [ 1928 – 1990 ]
Training & Biography:
1948 –1952 Student at the University of the Witwatersrand. 1952 Obtains Fine Arts Degree. Wins a two-year post-graduate bursary. 1952–1953 Slade School of Arts, London. 1953–1954 Studies at the Academy Andre L’hote in Paris. 1955–1956 Obtains Education Diploma at the UOFS. 1960 Undertakes study tours through Israel, Turkey and Greece. 1962 Lecturer at the Art School of the Johannesburg Technical College. Linear elements are prominent in her semi-abstract style. Also do studies of landscapes and rock formations. 1963–1964 Works in Greece, Rome and Paris. Translates Harold Jeppe’s “S.A. Artists” into Afrikaans. 1965 Paints with Maud Sumner in the Namib Desert. 1967 Appointed as lecturer in Fine Arts at UNISA, but withdraw herself from formal education to concentrate on her own work. 1970 After her marriage, she moves to Cape Town. She is strongly attracted to the coastal scenes and harbour subject. She moves towards a more figurative approach with series of paintings of hunts, Boland landscapes and figure studies. 1978 Moves back to Pretoria. Several exhibitions follow. 1988–1990 The artist falls very ill, a few works follow and she dies in Pretoria on 15 April 1990.
Selected Exhibitions: 1952 “Association of International Artists” – Gallery, London. 1953 Exhibition of Statebond Art. 1956 Fourth yearly exhibition of South African Art. 1960: Fourth yearly exhibition of South African Art. 1955–1962 Exhibitions in Cape Town, Pretoria, Johannesburg and Bloemfontein. 1963 São Paulo Biennale. 1964 Women’s International Art Club, London. South Africa Arts Association, Pretoria. Rembrandt exhibition. Fourth yearly exhibition of South African Art. Transvaal Academy of art. 1965 Wolpe gallery. Cape Town. South African National gallery, Cape Town. National Gallery, Athens. Pretoria Art Museum. One-man show, 1966 Venice Biennale. 1969 5 yearly exhibition of South African Art. 1970 SA Arts association, Pretoria. 1971 Republic Festival, Cape Town. 1973 Die Kunskamer, Cape Town. 1974 SA Associations of Arts, Pretoria. 1977 SA Associations of Arts, Pretoria. 1979 Hoffer Gallery, Pretoria. 1981 Republic Festival, Durban. Hoffer Gallery, Pretoria. 1982 SA Association of Arts, Belville Art Gallery. 1983 Pretoria Artists, Pretoria Art Museum. 1983 Retrospective exhibition 1953 – 1983. Rand Afrikaans University. [Anna Vorster. RAU. 1983]
Public collections: Africana Museum. Johannesburg, South Africa. Durban Art Gallery, KwaZulu-Natal. Hester Rupert Museum, Graaff-Reinet. S.A. National Art Gallery, Cape Town. Potchefstroom Museum. Pretoria Art Museum. Johannesburg Art Gallery. William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley. UNISA. Embassies in Bonn, São Paulo and Washington.
BORN: Hartebeesfontein, Transvaal, South Africa, 1928.
DIED: Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa, 1990.
Oglivie, Grania & Graff, Caroll,The Dictionary of South African Painters and Sculptors, Everard Read, Johannesburg, 1988.
Berman, Esme, Art and Artists of South Africa, AA Balkema, Cape Town, 1983.