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SCHWANECKE & DUARTE (article first published : 2006-01-8)

An exhibition by Ulrich Schwanecke will run until February 6 at the Depictions Gallery in Marina Beach on the KZN South Coast.

Ulrich Schwanecke was born in Halberstadt, Germany, and emigrated to South Africa in 1952 aged 20. Although he always painted, he worked in the mining industry for a while before turning professional artist with an exhibition at Gallery 101 in Johannesburg in 1963.

His art education consisted of evening classes at the Johannesburg Technicon under tutors such as Cecil Skotnes and Jan Buys. In 1989 he obtained a B.A. in Fine Art through UNISA. During this period Bill Ainslie and George Boys took care of his practical tuition.

Ulrich is a prolific painter. Throughout his career he stuck almost exclusively to the medium of watercolour. For ten years of his life (1989 -1999) he devoted much time and energy to the Watercolour Society of South Africa (WSSA). He is a Fellow and a Life Member of that Society and has been Chairman twice. His main subject has always been the rugged and arid Southern African landscapes which he still explores regularly. In 2005, he went on a 8000km safari with four friends in his VW Caravel Syncro to the Epupa Falls at the Kunene. They returned via the Kubu Island in Botswana which is a granite outcrop studded with Baobab trees in the middle of the Maghadighadi Salt Pan. Ulrich Schwanecke is represented in Esme Bermanís South African Art and Artists (1983).

Izidro Duarte will launch his new sculpture at the same time. Born in Ortiga, Portugal, Izidro arrived in South Africa from Mozambique in 1953 and went on to study art at the Witwatersrand School of Art in Johannesburg from 1959, studying under Professor Robert Bain, Phillip Botha, George Boys, Joyce Leonard, Philip Kolbe and Anna Vorster.

In 1962 and 1963 he worked as a freelance illustrator before travelling to the UK and Europe in 1964 for three years. During this time he furthered his own art studies at the Camden Art Institute in London before returning to South Africa to embark on his present art career in 1970.

Duarte has had solo exhibitions in Johannesburg, Durban, Lisbon, Birmingham, Amsterdam, Gaborone and Sydney. He is a member of TAM (Mozambique Artists Group) from 1989 with exhibitions in Johannesburg, Lisbon, Macau and Caracas.

His work is represented in Johannesburg and Durban's CCMA Government Offices, Springs Municipality, SA Chamber of Mines, Ulundi Government House, University of Botswana, Reserve Bank of Botswana and the Margate Art Museum. Duarte works in most media and he has recently turned to sculpture. The work in this exhibition are his first bronze castings.

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