Artists who made it big in Fine art and why (exhibited)
Ernst de Jong was the artist behind the sketches of the animals on the South African banknotes.
Trechikoff became famouse whilst still alive due to his prints of realistic figures, portraits, still life and animals which he allowed to be reproduced thus making him one of the most commercially successful artists of all time.
William Kentridge became famous because of his animated films in which he told a story by making erasures and changes and filming it them. It is rumoured that William Kentridge contributed to this short film as it resembles his work.
Gerard Sekoto became famous for his art on black South Africa and is recognised as the pioneer of urban black art.
Irma Stern was run down by her own people as Ugliness as a cult but due to her continued efforts which resulted in one hundred solo exhibitions she became famous in her lifetime.
Martinus Johannes "Tinus" de Jongh those notable Cape landscapes and father of Gabriel de Jongh
Gabriel de Jongh1913 to 2004 France, England, Belgium and the Netherlands countrysides with "boompie-bergie-huisie-thing" style South African scenes.
Norman Catherine 1949 to 1979 comical and nightmarish forms, rendered in brash cartoon colours.
Robert Hodgins (1920 –2010) Ubu character from the play Ubu Roi, was a recurring subject of his art.
Walter Whall Battiss (1906 –1982) creator of the quirky "Fook Island" concept his stick like figures make up a work of daily items such as a map, postage stamps, currency, passports and driver's licences.
Jacobus Hendrik (Henk) Pierneef (1886 to 1957) work reduced and simplify the landscape to geometric structures with flat planes, lines and colour to present the harmony and order in nature. Well known for his 32 panels created for the interior of the 1932 Johannesburg Railway Station,