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Thursday, March 11, 2021


(Above: “Strange Flower”, oil on board by François Hugo)

The François Hugo: Great Creating Nature Exhibition has opened at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg to run until April 18.

The artist says: “The paintings to be exhibited reflect a lifelong fascination with organic forms. A characteristic painting of mine attempts to bring out the glowing sculptural presence of organic forms.

“To achieve this aim the interplay of line, tone and colour must be carefully considered, and carefully judged.

“Each painting takes months to produce. A remark of Cezanne’s is highly relevant here: ‘I wish to make of Impressionism an art as solid and enduring as the art of the Museums.’

“It is perhaps helpful to add that my paintings show a strong kinship with the work of Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland, Henry Moore and Barbra Hepworth,” adds Hugo.

The artist will conduct a virtual walkabout and a talk The Rise and Fall of Modernism watch the Tatham’s website press for details:

The François Hugo Great Creating Nature Exhibition 2021 runs until April 18, 2021, at 14h00 in the Schreiner Gallery at the Tatham Art Gallery.

The Tatham Art Gallery is situated opposite the Town Hall in Chief Albert Luthuli Street, Pietermaritzburg. It is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 10h00 to 17h00. Café Tatham is open on Saturdays. Safe parking with a car guard available. More information on 033 392 2801 or visit