City’s beloved artist Alice Elahi, 93, dies

Pretoria News - - METRO - STAFF RE­PORTER

PRE­TO­RIA’S much-loved sub­tle land­scape artist Alice Elahi died this week, on the ever of her 94th birth­day.

Her fam­ily said although she had be­come frail, and had stopped paint­ing af­ter she left her stu­dio home in Waterk­loof, she never lost her lov­ing na­ture nor her in­ter­est in oth­ers.

Her pas­sion for art was well known and she loved to sit out­side and find the per­fect spot to be at one with na­ture as she painted, said her daugh­ter Nushin.

The Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria held a ret­ro­spec­tive of her work in 1988 and owns much of her ar­chive. Elahi had lived in the city since the late 1950s. She has lived in Cape Town and stud­ied in Lon­don, UK.

Her ca­reer was kick-started af­ter win­ning the 1968 New Sig­na­tures Award. Although trained to paint in oil, she be­came a mas­ter in us­ing wa­ter­colour to cap­ture chang­ing light and shade as she painted out­doors. Her plein-air stud­ies at times have sea spray, rain­drops or desert sand em­bed­ded in them.

A me­mo­rial will be held at Pre­to­ria Art Mu­seum at 11am on March 20.


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