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Monday, July 21, 2014


(Work by Barbara Siedle)

The Elizabeth Gordon Gallery will host an exhibition by Durban wildlife artist Barbara Siedle as well as the launch of her book, Breathe the Dust.

Durban born Barbara Siedle first studied at the Michaelis School of Art, UCT, for one year. She then attended the Munich Academy of Fine Art in West Germany for three years, where she studied painting and sculpture under Professor Kirchner.

She later attended the Natal Technical College (now Durban University of Technology) where she studied sculpture for one year under Mary Stainbank. She continued to broaden her experience in acrylic portrait painting, pottery, stained glass and mosaics in Durban, Salzburg, London and Munich.

Siedle has today established herself as a major watercolour artist, especially in the field of wildlife. Her first solo exhibition in 1982 was sold out within a week. Since then she has had many solo and group exhibitions with consistent success all over SA and the UK.

In 1995, she was commissioned to do the two-metre bronze statue of The Lady in White which is situated on T Jetty, Durban Harbour. She was also commissioned to do a bust of Vasco da Gama, for the Portuguese Government, to commemorate da Gama’s arrival off the coast of Natal. Her love of the bush and interest in environmental issues takes her on many journeys throughout Southern Africa to capture subject matter for her work.

Breathe The Dust, for art lovers and travellers alike, is a personal journey of Barbara’s travels through some of the remotest parts of South Africa. Enhanced with  Barbara’s original watercolour paintings and drawings, the book offers an understanding and humorous insight into the distant regions of our country.

The exhibition and launch will take place on July 30 at 18h00 and the exhibition runs through until August 9. On exhibition will be a selection of the original watercolours and drawings used in the book. Books will be available for sale and Siedle will be on hand to sign copies.

The Elizabeth Gordon Gallery is situated at 120 Florida Road. For further information phone 031 303 8133, fax 031 303 8136, email: or visit