A bird flies from the highveld – this time for good

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A bird flies from the highveld – this time for good

Iconic and prolific painter and graphic artist Cecily Sash (1925-2019) was a product of Africa

Andrew Unsworth

Cecily Sash, who died in the UK in August at the age of 94, was one of the foremost SA artists in the second half of the 20th century and after.

She was a prolific painter and graphic artist, frequently focused on still-life and abstract works in oils, watercolour, gouache, pencil, charcoal and other mediums – she was one of the first SA artists to embrace mosaic as a medium. Her work is represented in all the major galleries in the country, in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Durban, Graaff-Reinet, Port Elizabeth, Polokwane and Kimberley.

She also completed a number of public commissions, including mosaic murals for the Transvaal Provincial Administration building in Pretoria (called Seekoeivlei), Jan Smuts Airport, the Cinerama theatre, the Transvaal Institute of Architects, and the Medical Arts buildings in  Johannesburg. Most were huge: the 1968 “Butterfly mosaic” mural for the new concourse at Jan Smuts was 8.5X8.5m...

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