About the Artist
1930 – Windhoek 1994 – Somerset West, South Africa
Worked in oil, acryl, watercolor, charcoal, pencil, etchings and sculptures in bronze castings. Ivory and wood carvings, glass engravings, tapestry designs, pottery and informal jewelry; subject matter: wildlife, human figures, landscapes, portraits
Attended very young already art classes with Professor Otto Schröder and Helmut Lewin. He has been trained as a carpenter and worked in later years for a carpenter company in the building sector in Durban, South Africa. The South African artists had a major impact on him. He studied Fine Art, sculpture and graphic techniques at the Akademie der Schönen Künste in Munich under Professor H. Kirchner; Professor Tiermann and Professor Lohwasser, Germany 1951 – 1954. Spent several month in Paris, France, on a bursary. Continued studying 1958 in Munich at the academy.
He returned 1959 and became intensively involved in big-game hunting and soon qualified as a professional hunter, before he finally settled in Windhoek 1973 and became a full- time artist. Designed 1982 the Man – on – the – Year Floating trophy. 1989 he moved to Somerset West in the Cape and worked as a part time artist.
He believed in precise drawings, samples are the beetles and ants. – Some of his etchings have been created as ex – libris for friends..
Solo – Exhibitions:
Formed part of “ Group 5 “ consisting of Adolph Jentsch, Otto Schroeder, Joachim Voigts, Heinz Pulon and Fritz Krampe. Took part in a South African group exhibition in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1958. Further group exhibitions in Namibia, South Africa, Angola, Italy, Brazil, Yugoslavia, USA. Solo exhibitions in Germany 1958 and 1985. First solo exhibition in Namibia 1948.
1949 Windhoek 1974 Kunstgalerie, Windhoek 1977 Art Association Windhoek 1981 Kunstkabinett, Windhoek 1984 Kunstkabinett, Windhoek 1988 University of Pretoria 1995 Galerie Rapmund, Swakopmund
Namibia Art Association Heritage Trust, Windhoek, National Art Gallery of Namibia,
Municipality of Windhoek
South Africa SA National Gallery, Cape Town
Commercial Bank of Namibia
Numerous Stamp Designs
1986 Etchings for “ Animal Art of Etosha “ , Department of Agriculture and Nature Conservation
1963 Gold & Silver Medal, International Graphic Exhibition, Sa de Bandeira, Angola