Biography

I was born in Johannesburg South Africa, grew up in one of those life-changing eras where the struggle between the oppressed and the rulers, the mine workers and the children of Soweto reached deep into my protected white life. Jewish, white and with an artistic temperament I took the side of the protesters and was jailed in the 1976 uprising as a student protester.

At the same time artistic and with a need to express myself in colour i developed a love for abstraction in my last year of school in 1970. None of my South African art work survives. I came to Australia and sought asylum in my way and have been able to stay but it was not until I left work in 2012 that I went back full time to art and received a Master in Contemporary Art at the VCA in 2014.

My work ranges from video installation, painting and photography. I mostly investigate the personal the political and abstraction making my body of work varied and in a state of ongoing exploration.

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Morris Isaacson School where the 1976 Soweto Uprising began, revisited by me at an International Socialist meeting in 1990, I’m on the right of the photo. Photo Peter Bickle