Sash, Cecily

CECILY SASH [ b 1925 ]

Cecily Sash resided in SA until 1974, thereafter in Herefordshire, England. A painter and graphic artist of still life and abstract pictures working in oil, watercolour, gouache, pencil, charcoal and in various graphic media. 1955 to 1962 a serious of birds (a recurring theme in her work); 1968 abstract works; 1965 interested in OP art; 1969 “Minoan”-series and “Architectural Composition” series; 1970 “Metaphysical” series and “Medusa” series; 1972 “Phoenix” series; 1974 “Bird and target” series; 1974-1978 still life pieces; 1978 -1982 pencil drawings only. 1963 a founder member of the Amadlozi Group. 1952- 1958 an art teacher at Jeppy Girls High School in Johannesburg; 1955 a part-time lecturer and from 1960 – 1974 a full-time lecturer in design at the University of the Witwatersrand. 1979 opened the Granary Painting School, Leomunster, Herefordshire, UK. A designer of tapesties woven at Aubusson, France and in SA.

Born: Delmas, Mpumalanga, South Africa, 1925.

Studies: 1943 – 1946 Witwatersrand Technical College under Maurice van Essche, gaining a National Art Teacher’s Certificate; 1948 – 1949 Chelsea Polytechnic, London, under Henry Moore (1898 – 1986) and the Camberwell School of Art, London, under Victor Pasmore, 1952 – 1954 part time at the University of the Witwatersrand, attaining a BA (FA); 1953 mosaic and mural design in London; 1956 awarded an Oppenheimer Grant to research art education in Europe and the USA; 1972 University of the Witwatersrand, gaining a MA (FA).

Selected Exhibitions: participated in numerous group exhibitions from 1952 held throughout SA and in Italy, Brazil, the UK, Belgium, West Germany, The Netherlands and Greece; 1954 Whippman’s Gallery Johannesburg, first of numerous solo exhibitions held throughout SA; 1956, 1960, 1964 Quadrenial Exhibitions; 1974 Pretoria Art Museum and Durban Art Gallery, Prestige Retrospective Exhibition; 1975 Rand Afrikaans University, Prestige Exhibition; 1978 London, first UK solo exhibition.

Awards: 1966 Best Women Artist, Artists of Fame and Promise; 1968 Bronze Medal SA Breweries Art Prize; 1980 six tapestry designs for the SA Wool Board, Overall Winner and Silver Trophy in their National Competition.

Collections: Durban Art Gallery; Hester Rupert Art Museum, Graaff-Reinet, Johannesburg Art Gallery; King George VI Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth; Pietersburg Collection; Pretoria Art Musem; Sandton Municipal collection; SA National Gallery, Cape Town; University of Natal, Durban; University of South Africa; University of the Witwatersrand; William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley.

Public commissions: Numerous commissions, including: 1963 a large mosaic mural, Transvaal Provincial Administration Building, Pretoria; 1968 began mosaic mural, Jan Smuts Airport, Johannesburg. Mosaics commissioned for Cinerama, Johannesburg, Medical Arts Building, Johannesburg, a shopping centre in Germiston, Transvaal, a synagogue in Krugersdorp, Transvaal, the Transvaal Institute of Architects Building, Johannesburg and the Selwyn Segal Hostel Johannesburg. A painted mural in the Sandton Civic Centre, Johannesburg. A tapestry in the Natal Provincial Administration Building, Pietermaritzburg.


1988 Oglivie, Grania & Graff, Caroll,The Dictionary of South African Painters and Sculptors, Everard Read, Johannesburg.

1983 Berman, Esme, Art and Artists of South Africa, AA Balkema, Cape Town.