CECILY SASH: The Blasted Oak, oil pastel and graphite on paper, signed and dated, 2004, 100 x 99cms
Born 1925 in Delmas, the Transvaal, Cecily demonstrated her artist talent ed at an early age a talent for art. She studied under Maurice van Essche at the Witwatersrand art school, and in London at Chelsea Polytechnic under Henry Moore, and Camberwell School of Art with Victor Pasmore.
Cecily lectured for nearly 20 years in the fine art department of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and in the 1970s settled in Britain, feeling threatened by the apartheid regime. After London she lived in Wales continuing to produce and exhibit in the UK, in France, and back in South Africa and teaching children and adults.
Her styles were initially decorative and representational, in mosaic, paint or tapestry, but she began to put more emphasis on semi-abstract qualities. In her native South Africa she completed several mosaic panels still on display in public buildings
Cecily exhibition at the Grosvenor gallery in 1965,had solo show at the Boundary gallery in 1978. And her work was shown at the Sao Paolo, Venice and Florence biennales.
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