June 01, 2014

On this day June 1st

DARC Ethiophile Chronicles 

On this day

1 June, 1937 Ezrom Kgobokanyo Sebata Legae, one of South Africa's foremost artists who managed to pursue a career as an artist throughout the apartheid years, was born in Vrededorp, Johannesburg.


He studied at the Polly Street Art Center and Jubilee Art Centre in Johannesburg under Cecil Skotnes and Sydney Kumalo. He went on to teach art and was an active member of the Amadlozi 69 group. When Kumalo retired in 1964, Legae became the art instructor at Jubilee Art Centre. In 1970 he was awarded a travel scholarship sponsored by United States/South Africa Leadership Exchange Programme and visited the United States America. From 1972 to 1974 he was director of the art programme at African Music and Drama Association. In 1980 and 1981 he was instructor at FUBA. Between 1966 and 1987 he exhibited numerously in SA and abroad.

Ezrom is perhaps best known for his powerful and emotive 1977-78 Chicken series and the 1979 Freedom is Dead series. His work has been shown all over Europe, and was part of the groundbreaking Ricky Burnett-curated 'Tributaries' exhibition in 1985, shown first in West Germany. Awards received include the 1967 Oppenheimer Sculpture Prize and Art SA Today, and the artist is represented in most major museum collections in South Africa

He exhibited extensively in South Africa and held solo exhibitions with The Goodman Gallery amongst others. Ezrom Legae also participated in many international group exhibitions, winning the Honourable Mention for Drawing at the Valparaiso Biennale in Chile in 1979. In 1969 he won the Oppenheimer Sculpture Prize.

Towards the end of his career, Legae had a studio at The Fordsburg Artists Studios (The Bag Factory) and this is where met with Mark Attwood. Ezrom Legae did this print at the Artists Press shortly before his death. It exemplifies Legae's mastery of the drawing technique and his ability to combine lyricism and strength in a small image. A single colour stone lithograph with chin colle.




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