Louis STEYN

1934 - 2011

batik work

 

Short CV - Solo Shows - Group Shows

Images

Works sold on auction - Other references and links

 

Louis STEYN in 1967 with one of his batiks

Louis STEYN, master batik artist, in 1967

 

 

Short CV to 1967

Louis STEYN was born in Pretoria 1934, he grew up in the Kruger National Park where his father was a game warden; he was educated in Pretoria and studied at the Pretoria Art School under Robert Hodgins and Esias Bosch.

His close association with wild life gave him an intimate knowledge of the subject matter of his work, of insects, plants, fish, animals and abstract patterns of nature.

Louis Steyn worked at Marble Hall at first, later in Pretoria.

He held his first one-man exhibition at Gallery 101, Johannesburg, in 1961. By 1967, he had held 10 one-man exhibitions of batik tapestries in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town, by 1975 he had held 31 one-man exhibitions throughout South Africa and one in New York.

Public commissions include:

Standard Bank of SA Ltd., Durban - 7m x 3m

Provincial Administration Building, Pretoria - 6 panels each 3m x 1.5 m

National Zoo and Aquarium, Pretoria

Transvaal Museum, Pretoria

South African National War Memorial, Delville Wood

Other works are in private collections in the U.S.A., Europe, Japan, South Africa and Canada, including a panel commissioned by the Californian writer Mrs Thomas Raeburn White.

Museum tours

38 of his batik works toured Canada under the sponsorship of The Art Gallery, Memorial University, St. Johnís, Newfoundland, during 1967/1968. Another similar exhibition toured Canadian museums again in 1969.

Museum Collections

Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein

 

 

Selected solo shows

SA Association of Arts, Cape Town - July, 1962

Gallery 101, Johannesburg - 11th May + 30th November, 1964

Walter Schwitter Gallery, Pretoria - 1st June, 1966

Gallery 101, Johannesburg - 25th November, 1967

Canadian touring exhibition through museums - November 1967/June 1968

Gallery 101, Johannesburg - 4th November, 1968

SA Association of Arts, Pretoria - 4th September, 1973

Gallery 101, Johannesburg - 15th October, 1975

Hoffer Art Gallery, Pretoria - 29th August, 1978

Gallery 21 Fox St Johannesburg - 27th March, 1979

Nedbank gallery Fox St Johannesburg - 18th February, 1983

Participated in

"Art and Religion" The Gallery 101 - U.A.T. 1962 Scholarship Competition (awarded Honorary Mention)

 

 

Some images

Louis STEYN batik 1973

ill. on invitation - SA Association of Arts, Pretoria, 4th September, 1973

Louis STEYN batik 1978

ill. on invitation - Hoffer Art Gallery, Pretoria, 29th August, 1978

Louis STEYN "Africa" - batik mid 60s

Louis Steyn "Africa" - batik (ill. in ARTLOOK 13, Dec. 1967)

Works sold on auction

Louis STEYN batik early 60s

Sotheby's Online Houston TX - November 2001 (Rex Grey Family Collection), cat. 38YTB

 

 

Other references

"Art and Religion" The Gallery 101 - U.A.T. 1962 Scholarship Competition, cat. 67+68 ill.

South African Artists 1900-1962 (Jeppe) (Afrikaanse Pers-Boekhandel), 1963, p. 154, ill.

South African Scope, SA Embassy, Ottawa - October 1967, article + ill. on cover + p. 6+7

>>>> South African Panorama, Pretoria - July 1968 ill. cover and pp. 8+9 <<<

Louis Steyn illustrated the publication "Fishes of the Transvaal", published by the SA Breweries Institute, Johannesburg, in 1968, co-authored with Pieter le Roux

"The South African Art Market 1971/72" (Berman) (Art Institute), 1972, listed p.84

"South African Art" (JA Brown) (Macdonald SA), 1978, listed p. 18

"Creative Hands - Hornbill" (L Steyn) (Dan Retief, 1982, Pretoria - ISBN 0868 14579 3

"Art & Artists of South Africa" (Berman) (Balkema), 1983, ill. p. 505

See also images of Louis STEYN making a batik

Newspaper reviews:

Vaderland, Johannesburg - 26th April, 1961 - review

Die Burger, Cape Town - 6th July, 1962 - review with ill.

Die Vaderland, Johannesburg - 5th December, 1963, review with ill.

unknown Afrikaans newspaper - 6th December, 1963, announcement

Die Transvaler, Johannesburg - 5th May, 1964 - review with ill.

Ster, Pretoria (?) - 25th September, 1964 - long article with var. ill.

Rand Daily Mail - 2nd December, 1964 - ill. of artist and opener

Dagbreek en Sondagnuus, Pretoria - 13th December, 1964 - review

Die Transvaler, Johannesburg - 2nd June, 1966 - review with ill.

The Star, Johannesburg - 28th November, 1966 - review

ARTLOOK 2, Johannesburg - December, 1966, p. 14, ill.

ARTLOOK 3, Johannesburg - January, 1967, p. 3, ill.

The Star, Johannesburg (?) - 10th February, 1967 - article

ARTLOOK 6, Johannesburg - April, 1967, p. 21, ill.

The Star, Johannesburg - 24th November, 1967 - article with ill.

ARTLOOK 13, Johannesburg - December, 1967 - article with ill.

Farmer's Weekly, Bloemfontein - 17th July, 1968 - article with var. ill.

The Star, Johannesburg - 31st October, 1968, review with ill.

ARTLOOK 24, Johannesburg - November 1968 - comment with ill.

ARTLOOK 30, Johannesburg - May 1969, p. 15 - comment with ill.

The Star, Johannesburg - 24th November, 1969, announcement with ill.

Die Transvaler, Johannesburg - 25th November, 1969, review with ill.

The Star, Johannesburg - 4th December, 1969, review

Rand Daily Mail, Johannesburg - 5th December, 1969, review

ARTLOOK 37, Johannesburg - December, 1969 - article with ill.

Die Transvaler, Johannesburg - 16th April, 1971 - review

SA Association of Arts, Pretoria - Arts Calendar Sept. 1973 - ill.

The Star, Johannesburg - 24th April, 1975 - ill. of "Birds"

The Star, Johannesburg - 14th October, 1975 - article with col. ill.

Beeld, Johannesburg - 20th October, 1975 - image of artist's mother

The Star, Johannesburg - 24th October, 1975 - review

Die Vaderland, Johannesburg - 24th October, 1975 - article with many ill.

South African Financial Gazette, Johannesburg - 24th October, 1975 - review

ARTLOOK, Johannesburg, July 1976 - announcing Canadian tour

The Star, Johannesburg - 24th November, 1976 - review

The Citizen, Johannesburg - 19th April, 1979, review

There are many more undated cuttings and illustrations on Louis STEYN in our archives!

Louis STEYN in 1982 (pic. Fair Lady 7.4.1982)

Louis Steyn in 1982

 

 

Additional Links and Information

http://www.za-ch-art-kunst.ch/ARTLinks/PrivateCollection/STEYN_Louis.htm

http://www.pelmama.org/Johannesburg_artscene_Gallery101_galleryimages.htm#C

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Last update of this page - 26th April, 2017

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