Winter Wheatfields

Erik Laubscher

Medium:

Oil on canvas, 2009

Dimensions:

100cm x 110cm

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ABOUT ERIK LAUBSCHER

Erik Laubscher was born in Tulbagh, Western Cape, South Africa. He studied at the Continental School of Art in Cape Town and studied portrait art in London.

A painter of landscapes, seascapes, still life, figures, portraits and abstract pictures, he worked in oil, acrylic, watercolour, ink, pencil and charcoal. In 1966 he was the first South African to be awarded the Carnegie Scholarship, through which he spent three months on a study tour of the USA. In 1970, he founded the Ruth Prowse Art Centre in Woodstock, Cape Town, which became the Ruth Teachers Association. He has also been a selector for a number of large national and international exhibitions.

“When I was working at Sam Newman’s, selling paint, I became deeply involved in various art organisations, and I didn’t have a chance to get out and see things, so the paintings got more abstract. Edoardo Villa was making big ripples and our work became more aggressive and spiky, which could be related to the whole political atmosphere…So you find that, in some of my paintings, the use of free forms expresses human emotions.

 I was very conscious that a painting mustn’t date, in the sense that the subject matter illustrates a certain event. I’ve tried to avoid that throughout. The paintings are the important thing and I hope that they can be seen in a timeless context. That is why, when I had to spend five-and-a-half days behind a counter selling paint, but I still wanted to paint, my work started to shift to pure abstraction, towards an expression of one’s angst at the time. And it was only when, in the 1960s, I worked for Plascon and travelled the Western Cape, that I suddenly became aware of the shapes of the wheat- fields in an abstract sense and of new colour combinations.”

– Erik Laubscher

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017    ‘50 YEARS OF LANDSCAPES’, EBONY/CURATED, FRANSCHHOEK, SOUTH AFRICA

2009    ERIK LAUBSCHER: A MAJOR RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION, SMAC ART GALLERY, STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA

2000    ASSOCIATION OF ARTS, WORCESTER, SOUTH AFRICA

2003    IRMA STERN MUSEUM GALLERY, CAPE  TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

1994    MAJOR RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION OF 140 WORKS FROM 1944 TO 1994, SASOL MUSEUM AND US GALLERY, UNIVERSITY OF STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA

1988    SOUTH AFRICA ASSOCIATION OF ARTS, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

1980    REPUBLIC FESTIVAL EXHIBITION, UNIVERSITY OF STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA

1981    UNIVERSITY OF STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA

1973    SOUTH AFRICAN ASSOCIATION OF ARTS, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

1970    RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION, UNIVERSITY OF STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA

1967    WOLPE GALLERY, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

1965    SOUTH AFRICAN ASSOCIATION OF ARTS, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

1963    LIDCHI GALLERY, CAPE TOWN AND JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1961    GALLERY 101, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1959    SOUTH AFRICAN ASSOCIATION OF ARTS AND EDRICH, CAPE TOWN AND STELLENBOSCH.

1954    GALLERY MOTTE, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1953    GALLERY VINCENT, PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA

1951    SOUTH AFRICAN ASSOCIATION OF ART’S ARGUS GALLERY, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

1947    GARLICK’S GALLERY, PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA

COLLECTIONS

IZIKO NATIONAL GALLERY, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

PRETORIA ART MUSEUM, PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA

WILLIAM HUMPHREYS ART GALLERY, KIMBERLEY, SOUTH AFRICA

HESTER RUPERT ART MUSEUM, GRAAFF-REINET, SOUTH AFRICA

OLIEWENHUIS ART MUSEUM, BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA

NATIONAL MUSEUM, BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA

RUPERT FAMILY ART GALLERY, STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA

SASOL ART MUSEUM, STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA

SANLAM ART GALLERY, BELLVILLE, SOUTH AFRICA