Francois Roux: A Retrospective, curated by Michael Chandler, which will run for the whole of March, at the UCT Irma Stern Museum, 21 Cecil Road, Rosebank.
Born in 1927 in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Francois Roux showed natural artistic talent from an early age. After studying at the Royal Academy of Art in London in the late 1940s Roux returned to Zimbabwe to nurse his ailing parents. 1967 he moved to Cape Town where he lived until his death in 2013.
Perhaps a result of growing up on a farm, Roux loved the outdoors and dedicated his life to painting the mountains, rocks, sand dunes and trees. His distinct abstraction of subject matter, use of bright, jewel-like colour and the love of natural subjects would be the qualities that Roux would pursue, explore and interrogate for the duration of his life and career.
He never wavered from this artistic vision; he chose to hone what he believed in, rather than to keep up with international art trends. This is made apparent in this large exhibition of work where you can see the same artistic exploration and curiosity in the brush strokes of a boyhood self-portrait, as you can in his colossal landscapes, as you can in his final painting of a wild, turbulent sea.
WHERE: UCT Irma Stern Museum, 21 Cecil Road, Rosebank, Cape Town 7700
WHAT: Francois Roux: A Retrospective, curated by Michael Chandler
WHEN: Tue-Friday from 10am-5pm and Saturday from 10am-2pm.
INFO: T 021 685 5686. Visit website
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