About the Artist
Ulrich Konrad Heinrich Valentin Schwanecke
1932 – Halberstadt, Germany
2006 – died in a motor accident, Pretoria, South Africa
Worked in watercolor, oil and mixed media, graphic works, pottery; subject matter: landscapes, flowers, seascapes, abstract forms; style : semi – abstract
He has been interested in paintings since early childhood but did not contemplate it as a career. He crossed the border to West Germany in 1951.
Immigrated 1952 to South Africa as a mining recruit. First private art lessons with Mrs Raath in Welkom, 1958. Took evening classes with Cecil Skotnes, Jan Buys, George Boys and Bill Ainslie at the Witwatersrand Technical College 1961 & 1962 and studied Fine Art via UNISA 1965 – 1969 and obtained a bachelor degree. During his annual leaves he travelled extensively on foot and on his motorcycle. Visited 1960 Central & West Africa. He visited Namibia 1962 with Jan Buys and started to paint Namibian landscapes. He became a fulltime artist in 1962, but returned to an employment in the mining industry 1964.
From 1977- 1979 he served as the chairman of the Watercolor Society of South Africa
Due to the limited formats of watercolor paper, Schwanecke has resorted to multiple panels for his panoramic views. The image was spread over several sheets into diptychs, triptychs and sometimes as many as seven panels. 1981 he produced “ Edge of the Namib “ which has been reproduced by Howard Swan, Johannesburg, four separate units with a dimension of 60 x 1560 mm.
1981 he retired from the research sector of the department of mines to become a full-time artist.
Solo – Exhibitions:
Participated in many group exhibitions in South Africa, UK, USA and Germany. Joint exhibitions in South Africa with Cynthia Ball, Diedie Marais Nicholas Garwood, Dale Elliot, Wendy Malan and Gordon Vorster. First solo exhibition in South Africa 1959 in Welkom.
1963 Maseru, Lesotho
1979 Art Association Windhoek
1983 Loft Gallery, Windhoek
1985 Art Association Windhoek
1987 Art Association Windhoek
1989 Art Association Windhoek
1994 Die Muschel, Swakopmund
1995 Die kleine Galerie, Windhoek
1999 Art Association Windhoek
1999 Art Association Swakopmund
2000 Atelier Kendzia, Windhoek
2000 Karen Mc Kerron Art Gallery, Johannesburg
2002 Die Muschel, Swakopmund
2003 Atelier Kendzia, Windhoek
2009 Art Association Swakopmund – Commemorative Exhibition
Namibia Art association Heritage Trust, Windhoek, National Art Gallery of Namibia
South Africa Pretoria Art Museum, William Humphreys Gallery, Kimberley, Ann Byrant Gallery, East London, Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg ,University of South Africa, William Annandale Art gallery, Lichtenburg, Sandton Municipal Collection, Potchefstroom University Collection, Barlow Rand, Total SA and Sasol
1969 The Birds from the North
1968 Cadaver Palaver
1989 Lessons in Ornithology
1993 Green Peace/ Grüntöne
1994 There are places so still, limited edition of 200
1994 Imagine you can fly
1999 African Pictures
1988 Life Membership of the Watercolor Society of South Africa