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 Enslin Hercules Du Plessis  (1894 - 1978)

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Mecklenburgh Square, 1965
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Please note: Artists not classified as American in our database may have limited biographical data compared to the extensive information about American artists.

Enslin Du Plessis was born in Standerton, Transvaal.  He became a journalist in the years before the first world war.  Du Plessis settled in London in 1922.  He began painting seriously in 1928, but never received formal training.  He became a well known painter in London, and exhibited with the New Group on occasional visits to South Africa after 1938.  Enslin Du Plessis was awarded the SA Academy medal of honour for painting in 1972.

Selected Exhibitions:
1929 First exhibitions with the London Group
1936 Empire exhibition, Johannesburg
1938 First of participation in the New Group exhibitions
1947 First of his solo exhibitions in South Africa
1948 Traveling exhibition of SA Art, Tate Gallery, London et al.
1970 Prestige exhibition, Pretoria Art Museum

Important Public Collections:
Bristol Art Gallery
Cardiff Art Gallery
Manchester Art Gallery
British Council Art Collection
SA National Gallery, Cape Town
Johannesburg Art Gallery
William Humphreys Gallery, Kimberley
AC White Gallery, Bloemfontein
Pretoria Art Museum
King George VI Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth
Rembrandt Art Foundation
Unisa Art Collection
University of the Witwatersrand Galleries
University of Pretoria Art Collection

Selected Bibliography
Berman, E, 1983. Art and Artists of South Africa, AA Balkema, Cape Town Nilant, FGE, Schoonraad, M, Duffey, AE etc, 1976-86. Bibliografie: Suid-Afrikaanse Kunstenaars, volumes 1 & 2, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, for an extensive bibliography.

He is represented in all the major South African Art Galleries including, Durban, Johannesburg. Port Elizabeth and the S.A. National Gallery, Cape Town. In the United Kingdom, He is represented in the collections of the Arts Council, British Council, and the Art Galleries of Bristol, Cardiff and Manchester.

The Strutt Family Trust, The Mayfair Collection (Suisse) SA, The Mayfair Collection (Pty) Ltd, The Mayfair Collection Limited

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