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  • Jack Lugg Retrospective Exhibition and Book Launch

    Jack Lugg Retrospective Exhibition and Book Launch

    Mon, May 20, 2019

    Event:              Jack Lugg Retrospective Exhibition and Book Launch

    When:              7 May – 23 June 2019

    Opening:         Tuesday, 7 May 2019 at 18:30 for 19:00

    Where:             South Gallery, Pretoria Art Museum

    Cnr Francis Baard and Wessels Street, Arcadia Park, Arcadia


    The exhibition will be opened by Professor Ora Joubert, architect and art collector. Refreshments will be served. 

    The exhibition, hosted by the Pretoria Art Museum, will comprise works that span seven decades from the 1950s, when Lugg's professional career began. All the artworks on display will be for sale. A coffee-table book, The House that Jack Built, has recently been completed and copies of this sumptuous showcase of his work will be on sale at the Pretoria Art Museum during the opening.

    Jack Lugg (1924-2013) was head of the East London Technical College School of Art for 35 years, from 1953. He was also a prolific painter, sculptor and graphic artist who exhibited widely. Born in Pretoria, Lugg's love of African art was first inculcated in him as a schoolboy when he studied under Walter Battiss at Pretoria Boys' High. On returning home from World War II, Jack Lugg studied art at the Durban Technical College, where he won a scholarship to further his studies in London, and later in Paris. Back home in South Africa, he combined what he had learnt from his exposure to the latest developments in Western art with the inspiration generated by living in Africa. This was particularly so when he settled in East London, in the heartland of the Xhosa people.

    He left an indelible mark on the art world in South Africa. Many students who went on to have stellar careers passed through his hands – including Norman Catherine and cartoonists Tony Grogan and the late Derek Bauer.

    The exhibition is inspired by the biography, The House that Jack Built.

    Sandy Shoolman, writing in the Dec 2017/Jan 2018 edition of Art Times, says: "The House that Jack Built is a magnificent and highly informative biography of Jack Lugg, influential South African artist and educator. This substantial and entertaining art book is unique in many ways. It is a touching tribute to a man who made an enormous impact on many lives. It is a valuable historical record of seven decades of exceptional art production by a seminal South African artist in a changing international landscape. It is an inspiring record of the versatile career of an artist and educator. Above all, it is the fascinating life story of a man with formidable talent, extraordinary tenacity, creativity, and captivating wit."


    Dirk Oegema


    The Pretoria Art Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00 to 17:00.

    It is closed on Mondays and public holidays.

    Guided tours can be arranged on request.

    Pretoria Art Museum

    Tel: 012 358 6750


    GPS coordinates: 25°44'53.63"S; 28°12'45.20"E

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