was born in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape in 1946, and under guidance
and encouragement from his parents, Les and Molly Elliott, he started
painting and exhibiting on group exhibitions from an early age.
commenced his junior education at Queens College, Queenstown, he
followed the family tradition and went on to complete high school
at St Andrew's College, Grahamstown. He studied
B.A.(Law) and L.L.B. degrees at Stellenbosch University before practising
as an Attorney and Conveyancer for 10 years with the family firm
Elliott Brothers in Queenstown. His professional
and business life, which included a busy general legal practice,
as well as auctioneering and livestock marketing for the vibrant
farming communities of the North-Eastern Cape, exposed him to much
travel in the wide open Border grasslands, and this warmth soon
started showing in his early paintings the "sunscapes"
which have become so much part of his portfolio.
Parallel with his profession he and his wife Janny became active
in Art circles, and for many years Janny ran 'Penny Lane Art Studio'
the early 80's Dale sold his 100-year old family practice and Company,
and turned to professional painting. He and Janny,
together with their 4 children moved to Knysna along the Garden
Route in the Western Cape. There they established their
home and Art Studio on the shores of the famous Bollard Bay Beach,
on Leisure Island. "in Africa's most beautiful setting",
as their brochure reads..... They also opened the 'Dale Elliott
Exclusive Art' gallery in the leading downtown Mall in Knysna, Woodmill
Lane, to serve as a shop window and main distribution outlet for
has over the years exhibited widely on a National scale, and he
has completed in excess of 10000 oils and watercolours which are
included in prominent Public, Corporate and Private Collections
in South Africa and overseas, including the collections of the SABC,
Sasol, Distell, Bertrams, SAB, Sun International, Hoskins, and Malbak,
to mention some. His work has been chosen for
the touring R.S.A. Exhibition, and he has served on selection panels
for major exhibitions, many of which he has been invited to officially
open. He is well-known for the many commissioned
works he undertakes, including major commissions for the Sun International
Casino at Grand West in Cape Town in 2001 (9 paintings), and the
Garden Route Casino in Mossel Bay in 2002 (6 paintings).
has held more than 30 group and one?man exhibitions in most centres
in South Africa, as well as at the Grahamstown Festival, where he
was one of the pioneer artists conducting daily painting demonstrations.
He has also exhibited as the sole guest artist at the Nederburg
International Wine auction in 1997,1999 and 2001, where he presented
one-man exhibitions in the Nederburg Manor House.
1999 he was selected to present a one-man exhibition on the 'Main'
visual arts programme of two major Arts Festivals, the Klein Karoo
National Arts Festival, in Oudtshoorn, and the Nederburg Knysna
will exhibit at Greshams' school, Norfolk, in the United Kingdom,
over a fortnight at Easter, 2003, where he has been invited to be
Artist-in-residence as part of the international art programme of
has also frequently appeared on National T.V., and on national and
regional radio many times. He has also had a wide press exposure
on a local, regional and national scale.
of the more prominent milestones:
was a main feature on the national morning TV show 'Good Morning
South Africa' with Dorrianne Berry and Paul Ehlers on 12 July 1991,
when he painted a painting from start to finish.
appeared on the national TV2 morning programme AM2Day on 29 September
1999 with Martin Baillie and Shado Twala, where he completed a painting
from start to finish, and which was auctioned on the air during
the show to fetch R55000.00 in aid of tornado relief on the Cape
1992 and 1993 he was featured on the TV1 '50/50' programme and the
TV2 'Uit en Tuis' programme respectively, and in 1998 on the TV
1 'Mamepe' programme.
also had a feature presented on his art on the British 'Peakviewing'
programme in 2001.
has featured on National and Regional Radio on many occasions, including
main features on his art on well-known National programmes like
'Down your way' with Dewar Mc Cormack, 'In Town Tonight' with Dennis
O'Donell, 'Womans' World' with Monica Fairall, 'Out to Lunch' with
Diane Barnard, and the John Robbie Show, to name a few.
20 August 1997 Dale appeared in the Extravaganza Theatre at Sun
City to give a major demonstration on painting to a World dental
conference. He has also travelled widely in the
country to give demonstrations to interest groups.
AND APPOINTMENTS, ETC.
of these are the following:
obtained his Ba degree at Stellenbosch in 1968, and his LLB at the
same University in 1970. In 1972 he became a qualified Attorney
1979 Dale was selected to the Rotary Group Study Exchange team to
visit Australasia for 7 weeks. This was an important time to focus
and analyse his road ahead in the world of art.
1986 he was selected as an Associate of the Watercolour Society
of South Africa.
In 1994 Dale received the 'Business of the Year' award by the Knysna
Publicity Association, for promotion of the arts in the region.
November 1996 the Knysna Chamber of Business presented Dale with
the Presidents Award for outstanding service to the Business Community.
In September 2000 Dale and Janny were appointed Honorary Foundation
Patrons of the Nederburg Knysna Arts Experience.
2003 Dale was invited to spend a fortnight at Gresham School in
Holt, Norfolk as the artist-in-residence as part of their ongoing
international art education programme.
publications which include information and features on Dale:
Ogilvies 'The Dictionary of South African Painters and Sculptors',
published by Everard Read.
and Artists in South Africa', published by the S.A. Institute of
Artists and Designers.
Paradise Coast', by Patricia Storrar.
Zebra register of South African Artists and Galleries.
Dale Elliott Art Course,' published in 2003.
GRAPHICS, PRINTS AND PUBLISHING
Some notes on this section:
Dale has his own Publishing business, and more than 25 full-colour
Lithographic reproductions of his work have been published to date,
including his very popular 'Elim' series, and a major Millennium
1995 Dale, in conjunction with the 'Eyezone production company'
released two instructional videos, one on oils and acrylics, and
one on watercolour painting.
2003 Dale launched his largest work to date with the release of
the 'Dale Elliott Art Course' on CD ROM, with sponsors Winsor &
Newton and Faber-Castell. This multi-media inter-active
production, with more than 2000 colour images, contains his full
art programme in 15 different sections, and is available in either
the watercolour, or the oils and acrylics versions.
KNYSNA PAINTING HOLIDAYS
and Janny were co-leaders of South Africa's largest annual 'Painting
Holidays' at Mont-Aux-Sources in the Drakensberg and at San Lameer
in Natal for a number of years before they decided, in 1989, to
initiate their own special 'Knysna Painting Holidays' from their
Leisure Isle Art Complex - combining comfort and relaxation with
a stimulating programme in Oils or Watercolours in their famous
week-long workshops, held 12 times per year. To
date more than 1500 Artists have participated in their courses.
Dale attends to the tuition whilst Janny handles
all the admin and organises the catering - "We
have three aims" they say. "to allow participants to relax
in comfortable and stimulating surroundings; to afford participants
the benefit of using the creative side of their brain; and to hopefully
enkindle the spark of Art which exists in everyone ...."
courses cater for 12 persons only, and run from Monday evening until
the following Saturday noon. For a detailed brochure
and dates contact Janny at 044-3825646 or write to 105 Bayswater
Drive, Leisure Isle, Knysna. 6570.
KNYSNA ARTS EXPERIENCE
1993 Dale and Janny created the annual Elliotts' Knysna Festival
of the Arts, - a Visual Arts Festival with a diversity and quality
equalled by few, if any, Festivals in the Country. Over
the years the Festival became a prominent event on the National
Arts Calendar, and in 1995 Nederburg Wines generously agreed to
be the main Sponsors, taking on a new name, the "Nederburg
Knysna Arts Experience." It included the
Performing Arts along with the Visual Arts. In 2002 the Nederburg
sponsorship ceased, and the Festival became the 'Knysna Arts Experience',
continuing to present a wide array of different Arts disciplines.
and Janny have a framing and Artist materials manufacturing facility,
and are actively involved in Art promotions.
They also have an active Outreach programme, where they offer courses
and ongoing assistance to disadvantaged promising artists.
2002 Dale commenced his 'Master Series' of paintings. This is an
ongoing collection of paintings which have involved him in additional
research, preparation and execution time, in moments of exceptional
inspiration. The paintings often require special techniques from
the artist, and the subject-matter is selectively collected and
analysed to form a unique image. The series has proved to be very
popular, and the Master paintings by Dale are much sought-after
works of art in collections locally and around the world.
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