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MACNAB EXHIBITION (article first published : 2001-03-3)

Marie Scott-Macnab is probably better known as the founder of the Hermes Academy than as an artist. She will hold an exhibition of the paintings of her artist husband, the late Prof David Scott-Macnab, as well as her own work at the Botanic Gardens' new exhibition centre from June 10 to 21. There will be about 80 works on show with about 50% of each artist's work.

"David trained at the Slade School of Art at London University, UK, and in Florence and Paris over a period of three years. When he returned to South Africa in the late 50's he had many one-man shows as well as group shows and had extremely great success, virtually selling out everything on show," says Marie. "He also won top awards countrywide and for three years in succession at the Natal Society of Arts (NSA)."

Marie received her early training at a convent in Potchefstroom under a German nun. Subsequently, she studied art part time under Bill Beeks and Julia Shum at the Technical College when George How was head of department, and at van Riebeeck Galleries.

"My first success in oils was in my matric year," says Marie, "having a raffle sale of oil paintings in 1949 to help raise funds for a scholar who broke his leg in his matric year. I sold all the works and the funds went to pay for part of his hospitalisation fees." Thereafter, she had a "two man show" at the Durban City Hall in the early 60's and participated in shows in Bloemfontein and P.E. She has appeared on the NSA Women's Members Exhibition twice or three times and had three works on show at The Ithunga Fine Art Calendar exhibition at the Durban Art Gallery. She paints in oils and mixed media and her subject matter is figures of nudes in oilpastel and oils.

"Like David, our careers rather interfered with a full production of art," she adds. "Now I am not quite so busy, having sold Durban Business College, so I am giving a great deal more time to my art which is my great love." More details from Marie on (031) 209-3316.




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