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Tuesday, November 13, 2018


The Jack Lugg Art Gallery cc has published an immense work on the life of revered South African artist and educator Jack Lugg entitled The House That Jack Built. The foreword is written by Norman Catherine who studied under Jack Lugg for his only formal art training. Catherine is recognised as one of South Africa’s leading contemporary artists. His work is included in most South African art museums and corporate collections as well as in MOMA (the museum of Modern Art) and the Brooklyn Museum in New York.

The House that Jack Built is a magnificent and highly informative biography of Jack Lugg. This substantial and entertaining art book is unique in many ways. It is a touching tribute to a man who made an enormous impact on many lives. It is a valuable historical record of seven decades of exceptional art production by a seminal South African artist in a changing international landscape. It is an inspiring record of the versatile career of an artist and educator. Above all, it is the fascinating life story of a man with formidable talent, extraordinary tenacity, creativity, and captivating wit.” by Sandy Shoolman (Excerpt, Art Times, Dec 2017/Jan 2018 Edition, p.18)

Jack Lugg – for many, the name brings back memories of their dynamic art master and mentor who was the Head of the East London Technical College Art School for 35 years. Others are reminded of the art they own by this devoted and passionate artist. In Jack’s own words, “Art is almost like a religion for me. I’m merely the vehicle through which this strong spirit drives.”

Jack and his wife, Rosemary, have left a legacy of more than seven decades of extraordinary art production. Initially, the Jack Lugg Art Gallery thrived in Knysna for 18 years. Thereafter, it continued to run in Plettenberg Bay through the gallery website and studio appointments until Jack’s passing a few months short of 90 years old. Now run by his children, the Jack Lugg Art Gallery sells artworks through the website and arranges private viewings by appointment in Port Elizabeth. The works on show range from Lugg’s teens in Pretoria where he studied under Walter Battiss, to his service in World War II, through his studies in Durban where he won the Emma Smith scholarship, to Camberwell, London and Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, where he studied under Matisse.

The subject matter reveals Lugg’s deep connection with the landscape, animals, and people of Africa. Lugg held his first exhibition at 17 years old and continued to exhibit in many solo and group exhibitions throughout his expansive career. His art can be found in significant public and private art collections around the world.

Whether you know of Jack Lugg and his art or not, the story and artwork within the pages of The House that Jack Built will inspire you.

“Inevitably Jack’s genius and love for art and humanity like a diamond in the rough cannot escape the attention of real art lovers everywhere, and should be cherished and enjoyed. Every time one opens Jack’s book - one is seduced by a great sense of love, colour, adventure and music!” Gabriel Clark-Brown, Art Times Editor (Excerpt, Art Times, Feb 2018 Edition, p.122)

The House That Jack Built is published in hardcover (312 pages) by Jack Lugg Art Gallery cc Price R1500.00. ISBN: 978-0-620-76456-8

For more information visit LUGG