David Krut Publishing

Africa’s No 1 Arts Bookstore and Publisher

Johannesburg 011 447-0627 / 011 880-5648 • Arts on Main 011 334-1209 • Cape Town 021 685-0676 • New York 212 255-3094
Visit our other sites: DavidKrut.comDavidKrutProjects.comTaxiArtBooks.com

Kentridge on cats and Cecil Skotnes

30th May 2009 | Other items by

Cecil was the first living and working as a full-time artist that I knew. The Skotnes family were friends with my parents. I think the friendship was somehow based on a Liberal Party affinity, of which they were all members. When I was five or six, around 1961, he gave us a cat print as a Christmas gift. That image has stuck with me, for two reasons. The first was that I always thought it was a self-portrait of Cecil, with his moustache whiskers and his bright, cat-like eyes and eyebrows.  But then it also – as good art so often does – changed the way that I saw cats, the animals themselves. Over the years I have drawn many cats, all of them in one way or another indebted to that first image of the cat. I now have two cats as guardians on top of my front gate. I tracked down Cecil’s print for my 2005 show at the Johannesburg Art Gallery and had it displayed in a room of images by artists whose work influenced me during my childhood and early years as an artist. I think Cecil had an influence on the people he taught, not ne cessarily in terms of his own iconography but in a sense of possbility, of saying that the restrictions of the era should not, and need not be, all-encompassing and unbridgeable. He also, for many artists, set an agenda of trying to find a ground between imagery derived from African woodcarving and a European graphic tradition.

from Art South Africa, vol. 07 issue 04, Winter 2009, p. 14

Leave a comment:

Subscribe to our email list: Subscribe Unsubscribe
Please come back at any time to modify your profile.
Our other websites: David Krut Projects - Taxi Art Books - Body Maps

This site implemented and maintained by André Clements email: webmaster@davidkrutpublishing.com