Terence Mccaw

Born: 1913, Mpumalanga, South Africa Died: 1978, Cape Town, South Africa Terence John McCaw was born in Pilgrims Rest, in Transvaal (now Mpumalanga). McCaw was educated in Johannesburg, where he was influenced by Sydney Carter in his earlier work. He worked in Cape Town for a year and returned to Johannesburg as a commercial artist.

During the two years immediately preceding World War II, McCaw established himself as a conspicuous and active spokesman for the rebellious and younger generation of South African painters. Fresh from the stimulation of the European cultural environment, he helped to find the New Group and energetically supported its campaign. His pictorial account of people, places and events along the battle fronts won him considerable applause and he returned home to an even more secure position in the public’s favour, after he served as an official War Artist in North Africa and Italy. McCaw had the approval of the public and he settled into a popular descriptive style, which, because its general features are shared by so many other painters in the Cape, has come to be known as Cape Impressionism. Terence McCaw died in 1978 in Cape Town.

Artist CV

Art Education

- 1930 to 1933 Terence McCaw studied at Wits Tech Art School under Sydney Carter and Emily Fern.

- 1935 Studied art at Central School and Heatherleys School, London.

Short Artist Biography

- Terence McCaw was educated in Johannesburg; Influenced by Carter in his early work; Worked in Cape Town for a year, returned to Johannesburg as a commercial artist.

- 1935 Won first prize on SAR poster competition; while in London exhibited with the London Group and Royal Watercolour society.

- 1936 Traveled in Spain and West Africa.

- 1937 Terence McCaw returned to South Africa, exhibited in Johannesburg; Settled in Cape Town.

- 1938 Founder member of the New Group.

- 1943 to 1945 Official War Artist with South African forces in North Africa and Italy.

- 1950 Terence McCaw spent a year painting in Zanzibar (Tanzania)

- 1965 Much of his creative energy was devoted to developing the beautiful garden of his recently acquired home at Hout Bay.

- 1974 to 1978 In the four years before his death Terence McCaw seemed to gain renewed incentive to impose greater discipline on his working pattern; Several successful exhibitions in various parts of South Africa.

Art Exhibitions

- 1934 First one-man exhibition, Cape Town.

- 1938 to 1953 New Group Exhibitions.

- 1941 to 1945 South African War Art exhibitions.

- 1948 Overseas Exhibitions of South African Art, Tate Art Gallery.

- 1953 Rhodes Centenary Exhibition Bulawayo.

- 1960 Second Quad of South African Art.

- 1975 Prestige Exhibition William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley.

- 1980 Retrospective Exhibition, Lister Gallery, Johannesburg.

Public Art Collections

South African National Art Gallery, Cape Town; Durban Art Gallery; William Humphreys Art Gallery; Ann Bryant Art Gallery; AC White Gallery, Bloemfontein; Queenstown Art Galleries; South African National War Museum, Johannesburg.

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