1914 - 1979
sculptures in sheet copper and aluminium
Short C.V. - Solo and Group Shows
Works sold on auction - Other references and links
Jerzy Wladyslaw Jaholkowski, known as George Jaholkowski, was born on 18th October, 1914 in Baku, Russia/Azerbaijan, of Polish parentage (his father Wladyslaw Jaholkowski was from Hawryłkowicze, Poland). George studied architecture and Fine Arts at the University of Warsaw, Fine Arts at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris (1936-1937) and the Hammersmith School of Art, London (1947-1949); on 27th August, 1949, he married Agnes Virginia Irvine-Fortescue. They moved from England to South Africa in 1955, where he did further studies for one year at the Michaelis School of Art, Cape Town (1957/1958) (under Lippy Lipshitz and Maurice van Essche).
George Jaholkowski did the set design for the opera "Bluebeard's Castle" performed in Cape Town in 1957.
As from 1958, George Jaholkowski exhibited in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Stellenbosch.
Viriginia Fortescue (b. 1922) was a well-known concert pianist (B.Mus. University of Cape Town, 1957); they lived in Mowbray in the Cape. After their divorce in 1964, George Jaholkowski met Betty Mary Stewart in 1965 and married her in Cape Town in 1974.
George Jaholkowski died from emphysema at home in Newlands, Cape Town, on 13th September, 1979.
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George Jaholkowski in his Cape Town studio
Selected Solo and Group Shows
SA Association of Arts, Cape Town - 17th to 29th August, 1959 (opened by Irma Stern) - catalogue
2nd Quadrennial of South African Art 1960
Queens Hall Art Gallery, Johannesburg - 17th to 30th October, 1960 (solo show) (opened by George Harwood)
Installation view - Queens Hall Art Gallery, Johannesburg - October, 1960 (img. archives Linda Johnston)
"Art and Religion" The Gallery 101 - U.A.T. 1962 Scholarship Exhibition - February,1962 (cat. 53)
Gallery 101, Johannesburg - 1st to 13th October 1962 (solo show in 3 rooms) (opened by John Taylor, President of Transvaal Provincial Institute of Architects)
SA Association of Arts, Pretoria - Oct. 1962 (solo)
Republic Festival Exhibition, Pretoria 1966
"Sculpture SA 1900-1967" Adler Fielding Galleries, Johannesburg - September, 1967 (cat. 39, 40, 41 ill.)
Atlantic Gallery, Cape Town - 25th March, 1975
Edrich Gallery, Stellenbosch - 8th September, 1975 (cat.)
Additional comprehensive list of exhibitions - compiled by Alison Stewart, Sydney (PDF)
Supplementary list of exhibitions - compiled by Linda Johnston, South Africa (PDF)
Selected Museum and Foundation Collections
SA National Gallery, Cape Town
"Fighting cocks", 1959 - welded sheet copper - Coll. SA National Gallery - acq. 59/17 - GJ 081
Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein
"Mask", 1962 - welded sheet copper - 32x20x10 cm (Donation 2006)
The Hester Rupert Art Museum, Graaff-Reinet
"Mater Dolorosa" 1959 - welded copper sheet - 113 cm H (©) - GJ 129 - please click on image for better view!
University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Schlesinger Foundation Donation)
"Nude with scarf", 1960 - copper sheet - 134 cm H - ref. S/60/2 - originally acq. by John Schlesinger
Rembrandt Art Foundation, Stellenbosch
"Waterbird" ("Watervoël") - copper sheet - 39cm H
Rupert Art Foundation, Stellenbosch
"Buffalo" ("Buffel") - copper sheet - 25.4x61x15.2 cm
"Don Quixote" 1960 - copper + wood - State I. ill. on cover of Fontein 1 - 45" H - GJ 151a
"Ecce Homo", 1959 - sheet copper 18" H - GJ 096 - Priv. Coll. USA
"Crying woman", 1962 - sheet copper - 17" H - GJ 148 - Pvt. Coll. FH Johannesburg
"Nun" , 1962 - sheet copper - 23" H - GJ 091 - Priv. Coll. Toronto, Canada
"Nude" pre-1962 sheet copper - meas. n/a - GJ 180
"Oiseau Triste", 1962 - 27" H - commissioned for Brenthurst, Johannesburg, in 1962 - GJ 114
"Monsieur le Coq" 1960 sheet copper 14" H - ex Irma Stern Collection - GJ 086
ill. in "Matieland" (University of Stellenbosch), Dec. 1961, Vol. 5, No.3, p. 24 ("Die Stellenbosse Kunsfees van 1961")
"Waiting on a balcony", 1959, welded sheet copper sculpture 51x51 cm
Additional Images from the artist's Albums kept by his family in Australia
Album 1 revised
Please click on above album link or screen-print for details of 77 additional sculptures on 42 pages
"Waterfowl" GJ 187
Additional Images from the artist's Albums kept by his family in South Africa
Please click on the album link or screen-print for details of 53 additional sculptures on 26 pages
All works illustrated are in welded sheet copper
Works on auction
StraussOnline Auctions, Johannesburg - July, 2015 - Lot 322
"Head" - welded copper sheet - 31cm H excluding base
Stephan Welz & Co., Cape Town - 1st October, 2013 - Lot 68
"Figures" - welded sheet copper - 58cm H
Westgate & Walding Auctioneers, Johannesburg - 28th August, 2013 - Lot 514
"Galetto", 1963 - welded sheet copper - 28cm H - GJ 153
Dallas Auction Gallery DAG, Dallas TX - 24th October, 2012, Lot 28
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Bonham's New Bond Street London - Sale 18962 - 25th October, 2011 - Lot 182, ill.
"Reclining Nude" - welded copper sheet with copper oxide - 30.5x94.5x23 cm incl. base
Bonham's New Bond Street London - 27th October, 2010 - Lot 105 - ill.
„Face“, 1975 – welded sheet copper 26cm H (click on image for better view!)
Welz / Sotheby's Cape Town - 20th/21st October, 2009 - Lot 595 - ill.
"Black Hen" ("Chicken"), 1962 - welded sheet copper - 26cm H excl base - GJ 137 (click on image for better view!)
Ashbey's Cape Town - 15th October, 2009 - Lot 233 - ill.
"Kneeling figure" 1960s - sheet copper - 82cm H
Sotheby's Johannesburg (The Ben and Cecilia Jaffe Collection) - 21st October, 1981 - Lot 212 - not ill. (Standing Figure)
Bronze of George Jaholkowski, 1965, by Nell Kaye (coll. HRAM, Graaff-Reinet (©)
SA Panorama, Pretoria - Dec. 1960
Fontein, Johannesburg, Vol. I, Nr. 3, 1960
Architect & Builder, January 1962
"Art in South Africa since 1900" (FL Alexander) (Balkema), 1962, p. 120, 140
"South African Artists 1900-1962" (Jeppe) (Afrikaanse Pers Boekhandel), 1963, p. 126
"Twentieth Century South African Art" (Human & Rousseau), 1966, p. 78, fig. 53
"South African Art" (James Ambrose Brown) (Macdonald), 1978, p. 16 + 32, not ill.
"Three Centuries of South African Art" (Donker) (H Fransen), 1982, p. 334/5 (coll. SANG)
„The Dictionary of South African Painters and Sculptors including Namibia“ (Ogilvie / Graff) (Everard Read), 1988 – ISBN 0 620 12663 9 – listed on p. 312
Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein "A donation from the PELMAMA Permanent Art Collection" 2007 - PDF ill. on p35, cat. 187
"Talon", copper sheet sculpture", 1962 - 14" H - GJ 105 - ill. in "Sculpture•SA 1900-1967" cat. 41, Adler Fielding Galleries, Johannesburg, 1967 - Priv. Coll. Australia
See also close-up of following image
http://www.thepeerage.com/ - index ref #296412
Central News Johannesburg March 1962 - "Nun" pre-1962 - ill. cover - orig. coll. Lady Lynn Bagnall, Cape Town
The Musical Times - Opera and Concert Notices - March, 1957 p.154
Cape Argus, Cape Town - 18th August, 1959
George Jaholkowski discussing "Fighting Cocks" with Countess Anne-Marie Rozwadowska and Virginia Fortescue (img Cape Argus 18th August, 1959)
The Star, Johannesburg - 26th September, 1962, ill.
S.A. Tatler, Johannesburg - Sept. 1962 - notice
S.A. Stem - 7th October, 1962 - review Zandberg Jansen
Die Vaderland, Johannesburg - 11th October, 1962 - comment + ill. of "Don Quixote" State II
Die Transvaler, Johannesburg - 18th October, 1962 - comment + ill. of "Bird flight"
St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg Florida USA - 28th June, 1964 (SA tuna record)
George Jaholkowski with SA record bluefin tuna catch off Cape Town in June 1964
Rand Daily Mail, Johannesburg - 30th January, 1965 - review + ill. of "Galletto"
ARTLOOK Johannesburg, Vol. 1 No. 2 (December, 1966), p. 5
The Star, Johannesburg - undated review
unknown Afrikaans paper, undated - review of Pretoria exhibition 1962, with ill. of "Horse 1960"
Cape Argus (?), undated - comments and ill. of "Mother and child" donated to the Sarah Fox Convalescent Home, Silvertown
Additional comprehensive list of press references - compiled by Alison Stewart, Sydney (PDF)
www.pelmama.org - do an internal search for "Jaholkowski"!
If you have additional information or images on George JAHOLKOWSKI, please contact the family as this site will not be expanded further:
Linda Johnston or Alison Stewart
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