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DIS­TIN­GUISHED Cape im­pres­sion­ist artist Con­rad Theys will re­ceive an hon­orary doctorate from the Cape Penin­sula Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy (CPUT) on Mon­day.

Speak­ing from his home in Bel­lville South, Theys ex­pressed his pride at be­ing a re­cip­i­ent of a doctorate in arts and de­sign.

“It wasn’t that I doubted it, but I was think­ing there are so many peo­ple who should have got this, didn’t they know about them? Then I thought, well, I ac­cept it be­cause I thought, why shouldn’t I?” said Theys.

The 78-year-old also ex­pressed his pride at the ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties in the area.

“We’ve got the Univer­sity of the Western Cape and now we’ve got CPUT. This is an ed­u­ca­tional hub and the (Cape Penin­sula) Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy is the big­gest in the Western Cape.”

Theys turned to art full-time in 1974, hav­ing been one of Ge­orge Boon­zaier’s last stu­dents.

He stud­ied graphic art un­der Ed­wine Si­mon at the Ruth Prowse School of Art be­tween 1981 and 1982.

“I de­cided to go into art is it gave me ful­fil­ment which I didn’t get from teach­ing. In teach­ing, you have to wait so long to see your re­sults. But, when you make a work of art you see the re­sult and it pleases you. I didn’t choose art to be my ca­reer; art chose me,” said Theys.

One of the orig­i­nal Cape im­pres­sion­ists, he paints land­scape, por­trait and still life. His works fea­ture in gal­leries and col­lec­tions around the world. |

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