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Artist photographer, guest lecturer in photography for students studying Fine Art and Information Design, Department of Visual Arts, University of Pretoria.

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DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: Kroonstad, South Africa, September 15th, 1955 (née Barbara Carla Hartman)

HIGH SCHOOL: Matriculated in 1973 at the Pretoria High School for Art, Music and Ballet, with a distinction in French and first class in all other subjects.


  • 1974 -5 Architecture at the University of Pretoria
  • 1976 -8 Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town, majoring in sculpture and drawing.


  • 1981 –3: Self training in photography in Paris, France
  • 1984 –7: Private tutoring in photography as a medium in Fine Art under guidance of Curt Fors, working part time as Fors’ assistant in the graphic and photographic studios of the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris


  • 1993 -7 Licentiate Member of the (institute of) Professional Photographers of South Africa
  • 1999 - 2005 Guest lecturer in Photography for students of Visual Art and Information Design at the University of Pretoria


  • Preparing for a retrospective exhibition, to be held at Fried Contemporary, Pretoria, on 17th March 2007
  • Digital regeneration of imagery related to the work of various artists, for CD Rom use, exhibition purposes and publication.
  • Various photographic commissions, mostly related to art catalogues and architecture publications


  • Momentarily – Endless, Fried Contemporary Art Gallery, Pretoria, March 2007
  • 1. September 1996 - ”SITES AND STRUCTURES”, an exhibition of photographs and oil paintings to inaugurate the opening of architect Ora Joubert’s Ivy Villa Studio as an exhibition venue in Pretoria. The exhibition dealt with landscape in South Africa, as possible sites for buildings (photography) and with details of abandoned buildings in SA and Mozambique (oil on canvass)
  • 2. June 2000 – “VIP”, an installation of portraits at the Old Arts Gallery, University of Pretoria. The installation contained photographs, slides, video projections, oil paintings, drawings and mixed media.


  • 'Figuration & Negation', Fried Contemporary Gallery, Pretoria, 9 February - 2 March 2013.
  • World Art Day, Arts Association Pretoria, 15 April - 2 May 2012.
  • 'History', Fried Contemporary Gallery, Pretoria, 21 July - 20 August 2011.
  • Recent Work of Full-time And Part-time Visual Arts Staff Of The University Of Pretoria, Fried Contemporary Art Gallery, Pretoria, 2010.
  • 'Religion.org', St Lorient Fashion & Art Gallery, Pretoria, 21 September - 17 October 2008.
  • Karoo Art House, February 2007, Pretoria
  • With Guy du Toit, ABSA Towers, November 2006
  • UP Rector’s Annual Exhibition, University of Pretoria, October 06.
  • With Guy du Toit, Innibos, Nelspruit June 06
  • Celebrating Rembrandt, SA Arts Association Pretoria, April 2006
  • With Guy du Toit, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria.
  • UP Rector’s exhibition, October 2005.
  • ‘For The Record’, gordart Gallery
  • ‘No Agenda’, gordart @ Thompson Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • ‘Lost and Found 3’, Merely Mortal Gallery, Johannesburg
  • ‘Lost and Found 2’, ArtB, Belville, Cape
  • Tina Skukan Gallery, 2002
  • Rector’s dinner exhibition, University of Pretoria, 2002
  • Lecturers’ Exhibition, University of Pretoria, March 2001
  • The Art House, Pretoria, February 2001
  • Pretoria Arts Association, July 2000
  • Miniatures, The Art House, Pretoria, Nov.1999
  • Women’s Institute, Barcelona, June 1998
  • ‘Groundswell’, Mermaid Theatre Gallery, London, July 1996
  • Pro Arte Alphen Park, October 1995
  • SA National Gallery, Cape Town, September 1995 – This exhibition known as the Weekly Mail and Guardian’s PEOPLE’S PORTRAITS, toured various galleries throughout South Africa for a period of two years.
  • Centurion Gallery, June 1995
  • ICA Pre-Biennale, Johannesburg 1994
  • Artists Co-op, Midrand, 1993


  • 1986 - Black and white photographs for the Lund’s Konsthalle (Sweden) retrospective exhibition of artist Curt Fors.
  • 1990 - Colour photographs in WORLD ARCHITECTURE (London) in support of articles on Afro centricity and the term ‘Afropean’, in which the Crafford residence was discussed as a type.
  • 1993 - Numerous photographs in various local and international publications, dealing mostly with fine art, architecture and interiors. Internet, various photographs showing other artist’s work, or gallery installations.



  • Past and present clients include architect Ora Joubert, Headline Interiors, Taljaard Carter Architects, RMV, Crafford & Crafford Architects, Pretoria Ikebana Society, Gazette Properties, Dept. of Visual Arts Pretoria, various artists, stylists and writers – locally and internationally.
  • University of Pretoria Admin building
  • Over 600 private commissions for portraits and other work.


  • Private commissions for portraits, murals, oil painting on canvass and on glass.


  • Guidelines Manual for the SA NATIONAL PARKS. 2001 – 2002 (layout, illustrations, photographs and text)
  • Private commission for 150-page visual family history – completed November 2002.
  • Compilation of digital imagery for the publication of artists’ catalogues and books.


  • University of Pretoria
  • Private collections locally, in Paris, London, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, Stuttgart and Stockholm.

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