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Friday, December 5, 2014



(Barry Truter)

The visual arts world is saddened at the death of artist and printmaker Barry Truter who passed away on December 3 after a short period of ill health.

“This is a terrible shock,” says Tony Starkey, former Head of the Fine Arts & Jewellery Design Department at the Durban University of Technology where Truter lectured for over 30 years before his retirement two years ago.

“He was an absolutely brilliant printmaking lecturer,” adds Starkey. “He lectured first years and generations of first year students benefited from his skills. In his own right, he was a highly accomplished printmaker but he shunned publicity and exhibitions. He was incredibly fastidious and always well-prepared. His sense of discipline, which is so critical in printmaking, in turn rubbed off onto the students. There are piles of his work that have never been seen. The artists community now needs to hold an exhibition of his work as a tribute to his contribution to arts and artists in Kwa-Zulu-Natal.”