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Wednesday, September 25, 2019


(“Sunbird” – high quality canvas print by Jeff Huntly – the image was used as the outside cover of his book “Veld Sketchbook”)

Blue Caterpillar Gallery in Pietermaritzburg has a unique opportunity of showcasing Jeff Huntly’s canvas prints of his original works taken from his published book Veld Sketchbook.

Jeff Huntly was a professional artist and author whose paintings have been exhibited in South Africa and internationally.  For 23 years, from 1983 to 2006, he had a weekly Veld Sketchbook column in The Witness newspaper which featured his illustrations and paintings. His love and knowledge of the African bushveld made him a popular and well-loved household name. His articles were published periodically in The Sunday Times, The Star, The Pretoria News, and The Rhodesian Herald.

Huntly was commissioned to design post-independence coins for Zimbabwe as well as postage stamps for Rhodesia, Ciskei and Transkei. His contribution towards raising public awareness of wildlife and conservation resulted in his receiving a Rotary Vocational Award and being appointed an honorary associate of the Natal Museum.

(“Starry..Starry night” – high quality canvas print)

Huntly’s daughter, Phillipa, has selected a number of his paintings (many of which are featured in the hardcover publication of Veld Sketchbook) which have been beautifully reproduced as canvas prints. This collection of prints is testament to Huntly’s artistic prowess and his knowledge and love of South African nature.

The exhibition will be running until the end of October, 2019.

The Blue Caterpillar Gallery is situated at the Butterflies for Africa complex at 37 Willowton Road in Pietermaritzburg. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday from 09h00 to 15h30, Saturdays 09h30 to 15h30 and Sundays 10h30 to 15h30.

More information from Jeni Cramer on 033 387 1356 or email or visit