Leng Dixon

Born: 1916, Cape Town, South Africa Died: 1968, Cape Town, South Africa Dixon was primarily an illustrator, one whose sharp eye observed the telling detail and whose lively draftsmanship captured the animation of the scenes which he recorded. While he worked in Europe, Dixon’s approach was more subtle and interpretive. In his hometown he was captivated by the gaiety and humour of the Cape Malays and he translated these into light-hearted cameos of local colour. His sketches were very much in demand for brochures and booklets dealing with the Cape and its attractions.
His keen observation, translated into elemental, yet animated line combined with washes of water colour and in-fillings of guache, have seen him defined as "primarily an illustrator". Even though his reputation was such, he was considered important enough to be included on the large exhibition of South African art held at London's Tate Gallery in 1948. His work appeared in many publications and he held many solo exhibitions This view of the Bo-Kaap in Cape Town typifies his picturesque renderings of this area and what Berman calls his "light-hearted cameos of local colour". Leng Dixon Leng Dixon Leng Dixon Leng Dixon