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Jack Lugg Retrospective

01 March 2018 - 06 April 2018
Jack Lugg Retrospective

A retrospective exhibition celebrating seven decades of work produced by influential Eastern Cape artist Jack Lugg.  

The illustrated biography of Jack Lugg titled, The House That Jack Built, will be launched and available for sale at the exhibition opening on 28 February 2018. All the artworks on display will be for sale as well.

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. 

His 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. 

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