City’s beloved artist Alice Elahi, 93, dies
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.