The rich and productive career, spanning 70 years, of one of South Africa’s foremost visual artists of the older generation, Hannatjie van der Wat, 90, will be celebrated in her latest exhibition.
This retrospective, In Retro, can be viewed from Friday to June 22 in the The Stellenbosch Modern and Contemporary (Smac) Art Gallery, 1st Floor, De Wet Centre, Church Street, Stellenbosch.
Born in 1923 in Frankfort in the then Orange Free State, Van der Wat is a multiple award-winning painter who initially was taught by Maurice van Essche at the Witwatersrand Technical Art School before furthering her studies under Sidney Goldblatt in Joburg.
She has enjoyed an international reputation since the 1960s. Since the mid-1990s she has twice been honoured by the Brazilian Academy of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro. In 2005 she was part of the Brazilian National Council of Women’s Ten Women of the Year Awards.
The exhibition opening on Thursday will feature the premiere of a ballet conceptualised and composed for the occasion by Dr Rexleigh Bunyard.