Bettie Cilliers-Barnard - Face Study
SKU : 2890

Artist: Bettie Cilliers-Barnard

Title: Face Study

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 90cm x 90cm

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Born in Rustenburg, Transvaal on November 18, 1914. Since 1946 Dr Bettie Cilliers-Barnard’s works have been shown in seventy solo exhibitions in South Africa as well as in Paris (paintings 1956), London (graphic art 1971), and at the Prestiges Invitation Exhibition at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taiwan (painting and graphic art 1987).

She has represented South Africa at a number of international exhibitions some of which include the Xie Grand Prix International d’Art Contemporian de Monte Carlo in Monaco, 1977, the 5th International Biennale for Graphic Art in Italy, the Gulbennkaian Exhibition in Portugal, 1968, the Venice Biennale, 1956 and 1964, and the Sao Paulo Biennale, 1957, 1959, 1961 and 1963.

Her South African graphic art exhibitions abroad have included Austria, Germany, Spain, Greece and Israel to name a few. Her tapestries, paintings, and murals in oils have been commissioned both for public collections and for museum- and private collections in South Africa and abroad. In 1992, she painted "Vision" for the Pretoria Eye Institute and some of her other commissions including the painting "Flight" for South African Airways, 1983, the tapestry "Guardian Angel of the Arts" for the State Theatre of Pretoria, 1981, and her mural in oils "Mensa sana corpore sano" for the Department of Health in Pretoria, 1980.



Dr Cilliers-Barnard received her first artistic award when she was presented a Gold Medal for Painting from the Transvaal Academy.


An Honorary Award for Painting from the South African Academy for Science and Art


The State President’s Decoration for Meritorious Service


A Chancellor’s Medal from the University of Pretoria


A Commemorative Medal of Honour from the American Biographical Institute


Was granted a full membership in the South African Academy for Science and Arts


Receive a Prestige Award for Painting from the Federation of South African Culture.


An Honorary Doctorate (D Phil) was awarded by the University of Potchefstroom


An Honorary Doctorate (D Litt et Phil) from RAU University


"Art is the stored honey of the human soul."
Theodore Dreiser

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