Hot Afternoon

By Katharine Ambrose

Acrylic on Canvas / 31 x 23cm / Framed
  • Oringal Township Painting by South African Artist Katharine Ambrose entiled Hot Afternoon - Township Art.

    Creating a new awareness of the beauty in common day rural and township life, depicting groups of people going about their everyday life. Correct in posture and attitude, Katharine's naive and primitive artistic style is unique amongst South African artists. Kathy travels widely to find her subject matter in rural and school settings always sketching rather than using the crutch of photography.

    Her technique leads the eye to formulate the facial expressions, which are at best hinted at in her brush strokes, which has earned her the 'Lowry-esque' mantle.

  • Although artist Katharine Ambrose was born of an English father and Swedish mother she is firmly rooted in Africa - its civilisation, landscape and the attendant social commentary evident in her township paintings. 

    The interest Katharine Ambrose found in South African art took a step forward when she and her late husband, an Anglican priest, settled near Rustenburg. On seeing some of Katharine's paintings, the famous watercolourist Bill McGill invited Katharine to join his art classes. She also took life-drawing lessons from Mike Oertel. Katharine’s first solo art exhibition was held in Bloemfontein in 1983 at the invitation of the O.F.S. branch of the South African Association of Arts. Katharine has been a full-time South African artist since 1984.
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