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the artist

Bruce Arnott was born in the village of Highflats in the Ixopo district of KwaZulu-Natal. He went to school at Michaelhouse, studied Fine Art at the University of Cape Town and did research at the Courtauld Institute of Art (London).

Having worked as Assistant Director at the SA National Gallery, he taught at the University of Cape Town, where he became a Professor of Fine Art and Director of the Michaelis School of Fine Art. He is now a University Life Fellow and Emeritus Professor.

The artist works primarily in cast bronze. His interest in the dynamics of creativity is reflected in the symbolism that defines the One-man band – the humorous presence of the figure, the rhetorical dialectic or formal playfulness of his musical instruments.

the artwork

Arnott’s sculptures are represented in corporate collections throughout South Africa. These include the Iziko SA National Gallery in Cape Town; the Durban, Pretoria, Johannesburg and Pietermaritzburg (Tatham) municipal collections; and the collections of NAPAC in Durban, and PACOFS in Bloemfontein.

His work is to be found on the campuses of the Universitiy of Cape Town, the University of the Western Cape and the University of the Witwatersrand; as well as in the collections of the 1820 Foundation (Grahamstown), the Rembrandt (Stuyvesant) Foundation, (Stellenbosch) and the Oppenheimer Foundation (Brenthurst Library) in Johannesburg.

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