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Togolese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 12 February 1977, in Lomé.

Painter (mixed media).

Félix Agbokou studied under Sokey Edoth between 1996 and 1999. He abandoned realism in favour of depicting a fantasy world, and his paintings are spontaneous to the extent that they have no predefined theme. Painted at night and by candlelight, each series of paintings is directly inspired by its immediate surroundings: Lomé, Kouma, Abouri or Ghana. Agbokou uses materials that come readily to hand - leaves of indigenous plants or the bark of local trees - and mixes them with acrylic paint, outlining his forms and individual colours with a black line obtained from a mixture of coconut milk and old nails. His work has featured at group exhibitions, including the ...

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British, 19th century, male.

Active in South Africa.

Born 1820, in King’s Lynn (Norfolk), England; died 1875, in Durban, South Africa.

Painter (oils, watercolours), printmaker (etching), draughtsman, explorer, cartographer, writer. Landscapes, marine and seascapes, portraits, natural history and ethnographic subjects.

Thomas Baines arrived at the Cape in ...

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Moroccan, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 1861; died 1939.

Painter. Urban landscapes, landscapes with figures.

Ben Ali R'Bati lived in Tangiers, and it was here that he set up his studio-shop, in the middle of the kasbah. He painted typical scenes from daily life in Tangiers....

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British, 19th century, male.

Active in South Africa.

Born 1812, in Hertfordshire, England; died 1869, in London.

Painter (watercolour and oil), lithographer, draughtsman (chalk). Town scenes; landscapes, seascapes.

Thomas Bowler arrived at the Cape in 1834 with the newly appointed Royal Astronomer Thomas McClear. He tutored the children of the Commander of Robben Island ...

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Malian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1948, in Kayes.

Painter.

Ismaël Diabaté graduated in 1968 from the Bamako national institute of arts and started out painting in a conventionally Western Realist manner. By the mid-1970s, however, he had become increasingly interested in the work of the ...

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Moroccan, 20th century, male.

Born 1924, near Marrakech.

Painter. Figures.

Symbolism.

The absence of figurative representation in much traditional Islamic art is less the result of a religious ban than a symptom of the religion's symbolic relationship with the world. Drissi's painting is characterised by this ambiguity: in painting figures in given situations, he nevertheless strips them of their bodily appearance, creating strictly hieratic shapes cloaked either in a burnous or a djellaba, featureless faces, and oppressive, empty surrounds where the living are never far from the grave....

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Algerian, 20th century, male.

Active in Spain since 1963.

Born 11 April 1940, in Tlemcen.

Painter, watercolourist. Figures, landscapes.

Symbolism.

Farid Falsa has had solo exhibitions in the Spanish cities of Salamanca, Málaga and Valladolid. He paints watercolour landscapes using generous brush strokes.

Ayllon (MCA)...

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James P. W. Thompson

French painter and writer. The wide skies and sweeping plains of his native Charente region left him with a love of natural beauty for which he later found affinities in Algeria and the Netherlands. From his youth he showed academic intelligence, literary talent and artistic aptitude. In ...

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Betsy Cogger Rezelman

Irish painter and writer. He attempted various professions, including diamond-mining and journalism in South Africa (1872–7), before becoming an artist. At the Koninklijke Academie, Antwerp (1878–80), under Charles Verlat, in Paris (1881–4) as a student of Carolus-Duran and in Venice (...

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Jon Whiteley

French painter. He was trained by Eugène Devéria and Achille Devéria and made his first appearance at the Salon, in 1836, with Luca Signorelli da Cortona (Avignon, Mus. Calvet) and Flight into Egypt (untraced), the first of a number of religious pictures painted in the 1840s in the pleasant, sentimental manner of Eugène Devéria’s religious work. The ...

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South African, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 1871; died 1939.

Painter, watercolourist. Landscapes.

Robert Gwelo Goodman was a meticulous artist who portrayed nature with great sincerity.

Cape Town: October; Nature at Rest; a watercolour

London, 27 April 1908: Hayling Island (...

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Anne-Marie Delage

French painter and writer. He was a student of François-Edouard Picot, Alexandre Abel de Pujol and Félix Barrias. After failing to win the Prix de Rome in historical landscape in 1861, he impulsively visited Algeria the following year; this journey, which he repeated ten times, determined his development as an Orientalist painter. He was a regular exhibitor at the Salon from ...

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Dennis Radford

German architect, builder, painter and photographer, active in South Africa. He showed a talent for drawing at an early age. In 1825 he entered the Akademie der Künste, Dresden, to study architecture, qualifying in 1829. He emigrated to Cape Town in 1838. His first commission in ...

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British, 19th century, male.

Active in South Africa.

Born 1802, in Islington, London; died 1887, in Grahamstown, South Africa.

Painter (oils, watercolours), draughtsman (pen and wash), cartoonist. Portraits, landscapes, genre scenes of frontier life.

After taking lessons from sculptor John Francis, Frederick I’Ons started an art school in Marylebone in London, where he taught drawing and painting along with commercial subjects. In November ...

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South African, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Belgium.

Born 1946, in Johannesburg.

Painter, lithographer.

Symbolism.

Gabriel Meiring studied piano before becoming a self-taught visual artist. His work is an interpretation of the former 'Modern Style'.

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Fani-Maria Tsigakou

Greek painter of Egyptian birth. He studied in Vienna under the German painter Karl Dieffenbach (b 1851) and first exhibited at the Boehms Künstlerhaus in 1899. His first exhibition in Athens was in 1900. From 1903–7 he lived on the island of Poros where he painted the frescoes for the church of St Nicholas. In ...

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Colette E. Bidon

French painter and designer. He began his career painting the Algerian scenes of his youth, rendering Orientalist subjects—such as markets and musicians—with a distinctive, unaffected precision. In 1888 he went to Paris to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts under Auguste Herst (b 1825...

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Moroccan, 20th century, male.

Born 26 October 1944, in Boulemane (Fez).

Painter, draughtsman.

Abdelkébir Rabi is self-taught. He started out painting figurative works in the Impressionist tradition; then, discovering contemporary painters and impressed by Nicholas de Staël, he moved progressively towards Abstraction. He is prominent among those Moroccan artists whose gestural Abstraction stems directly from Arabic calligraphy....

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Briony Llewellyn

Scottish painter. The son of a shoemaker, he was apprenticed to a house-painter. From 1816 until 1830 he was employed in the theatre to design and paint stage scenery, first in Edinburgh and Glasgow and after 1822 in London. While in Scotland he met and worked with ...

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Egyptian, 20th century, male.

Born 1936, in Cairo.

Painter.

Ahmed Fouad Sélim trained as a lawyer and has also worked as an artistic adviser. The symbolism of his Abstraction, in which he draws truncated geometrical forms, is strongly emphasised by the titles of his works: ...