Celebrating Alice Goldin at SA Print Gallery

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Alice Goldin - Rhodes Memorial II, State II. Edition 1 of 20, 1974. Screenprint.
Alice Goldin – Rhodes Memorial II, State II. Edition 1 of 20, 1974. Screenprint.

The SA Print Gallery presents “Celebrating Alice Goldin: A Rythm Of The Seasons” an exhibition of woodcuts and screenprints by South African Printmaker Alice Goldin.

Alice Goldin was born in Vienna in 1922, where she was inspired early on by places of natural beauty such as Schubert Park, close to her family home, and Turkenschanz Park where she spent Sundays walking with her father. When Austria became part of the German Reich, Goldin fled with her family to London, where she trained as a child nurse. While Alice never had a formal art education in the traditional sense, her appreciation for the natural beauty in her immediate environment inspired her everywhere she went, and she soon started painting and producing prints.

CELEBRATING ALICE - An exhibition paying homage to Alice Goldin's diverse body of prints.
CELEBRATING ALICE – An exhibition paying homage to Alice Goldin’s diverse body of prints.

In the 1960’s Goldin studied with a wood engraver in Rome, and on weekends she would explore the countryside surrounding Rome which would become the subject matter of her work. A good example of work from this period is the woodcut Trees Ostia Antica, which illustrates the ancient harbour city of Rome.

Alice Goldin - Treetops II - Artist Proof III. 1977. Woodcut.
Alice Goldin – Treetops II – Artist Proof III. 1977. Woodcut.
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Goldin’s love for representing trees in different times of day and seasons continued when in 1971 Goldin moved to Cape Town. Here she travelled extensively and fell in love with the landscape of trees, mountains and ocean. She settled in Newlands, below Table Mountain, where much of her inspiration comes from. Rhodes Memorial, Below The Mountain and Newlands Forest are all representative of the spectacular landscapes which surrounded her home studio in Newlands, Cape Town.

Alice Goldin - Looking At Signal Hill, edition 3 of 35, 1994. Screenprint.
Alice Goldin – Looking At Signal Hill, edition 3 of 35, 1994. Screenprint.

In 1981 with the help of her stepson she built a house in Arniston, where she could work undisturbed. Dramatic seascapes of Arniston are perhaps some of her most iconic works. A good example of this is High Tide, representing a view of Arniston’s beach from a window. We consider Alice Goldin to be a pioneer of South African Printmaking, an artist who delighted in expressing her appreciation for the landscapes that excited her. Goldin passed away on 23 January 2016, in Newlands, Cape Town at the age of 94. Please join us in Celebrating Alice Goldin: A Rhythm of The Seasons.
The South African Print Gallery, 107 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock

OPENING HOURS: MONDAY – FRIDAY 9:00 – 16:30, SATURDAYS 9:00 – 13:00
EXHIBITION RUNS: 29 OCTOBER – 30 NOVEMBER
EXHIBITION OPENING: 29 OCTOBER at 10:00

For further information please contact the gallery 021 462 6851 or visit www.printgallery.co.za

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