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Lived/Active: South Africa/England      Known for: impressionist still life, land-townscape, and marine scene painting, war artist

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Terence McCaw was born in Pilgrems Rest, South Africa in 1913 and died in 1978. 

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Terence McCaw was educated in Johannesburg and was influenced by Sidney Carter in his early work.
1930 to 1933 he studied at Wits Tech Art School under Sidney Carter and Emily Fern. In 1935 he studied art at Central School and Heatherleys School in London.
1935 Won first prize on SAR poster competition; while in London exhibited with the London Group and Royal Watercolour society.-
1936 Travelled in Spain and West Africa.-
1937 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 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.

Berman, E. 1994. Art & Artists of South Africa,  Southern Book Publishers.

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Born Terence John McCaw, 1913 at Pilgrim's Rest, Mpumalanga?Died 1978 at the age of 64, Hout Bay, Western Cape

Terence McCaw's paintings contributed to the Cape Impressionist tradition, with his landscape paintings showing distinct influences by some of its early proponents like Pieter Wenning.

McCaw idolised the work of Paul Cézanne, and his work was strongly influenced by the French Post-Impressionist vision, usually displaying a light paint application with sensitive, linear brushstrokes suggesting detail. McCaw's technique was based on the Impressionist principles advocated by Cézanne, which required the modelling of form to be replaced by colour modulation. This is achieved by juxtaposing patches of colour, typically applied in parallel brushstrokes, and leads to a simplification of form and a more spontaneous handling of the medium.

After his studies at the Wits Technical Art School in the early 1930's, McCaw studied at Heatherly's School and the Central School of Art in London in 1935, with his contemporaries, Freida Lock and Gregoire Boonzaier. The trio participated in exhibitions with the London Group, and, once back in Cape Town, became founding members of the New Group in 1937. They campaigned for a fresh vision in the South African art world that would embrace the new European movements and influences.

Terence McCaw settled in Hout Bay after serving as a war artist during WW2, and continued to paint in the Cape Impressionist idiom. His accomplished paintings of the Cape harbours with fishing boats, the Malay Quarter, and his Boland landscapes are among his signature works.

Lucy Alexander and Evelyn Cohen, 150 South African Paintings - Past and Present, Cape Town, 1990, p 99
Esmé Berman, Art and Artists of South Africa, Cape Town, 1983, pp 281 and 282
Emma Bedford, Paris and South African Artists 1850 - 1965, Cape Town, 1988, p 32

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