George Boys

Born in 1930 in Johannesburg, George Boys is one of the most well-known abstract and modern artist, not only in our country but worldwide.  His abstract creations of seascapes, landscapes, figures and organic shapes are of oil, acrylic, and pencil and charcoal mediums.  George studied art at the Witwatersrand Technical College from 1949 to 1953 and also taught there for many years.

 

He held his first exhibition at the age of 32 at the Guenther Gallery in Johannesburg. It was the first show of abstract painting ever to be sold-out in South Africa. Boys' skill allowed him to use a highly reduced palette without danger of monotony. This continued through into his later works but with less intensity to gentler tints of blues and mauves, the romantic appeal of which attracted additional viewers to his extensive public following.

His works are to be seen in the Durban Art Gallery, Hester Rupert Art Museum, Graaff-Reinet, Johannesburg Art Museum, National Art Museum, Victoria, Australia, Portchefstroom Art Museum  and Pretoria Art Museum .

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