Tracy Algar - South African Landscape Artist

Hello! I am an artist who mostly paints and sketches.

I live and work in the breathtakingly beautiful village of Stanford in the Overberg region of South Africa.

My tools of choice are a 4B pencil and cartridge paper for sketching, and oil paint and hog bristle brushes for painting.

I love painting outdoors from life.

In my current series I am following the threads that connect me to this landscape, and weaving new ones to solidify the bond.

Art Education

2012: Illustration at Ruth Prowse School of Art, Cape Town

2011: Watercolour painting with John-Clive Dawson-Squibb at Frank Joubert Art Centre, Cape Town

2010: Drawing classes with Alex Downes at Frank Joubert Art Centre, Cape Town


Favourite artists who have taught me things about art, in workshops and collaborations

Janet Botes is a passionate environmentalist, land artist and visual artist based on the Garden Route. I had the pleasure of spending a day with her in 2013 at her Ink and Watercolour Workshop in Cape Town.

Niël Jonker is a sculptor, painter and artisan breadmaker based in Baardscheerdersbos in the Overberg. I went to his plein air oil painting workshop at Stanford Hills in 2018 where I got my first taste of painting with oil and painting outdoors.

Catherine Brennon is an award winning ceramacist and painter, living and working in Hermanus. An 18-month long collaboration with Cathy in 2018 – 2020, painting together in my studio and on the Hermanus Cliff Path and beaches, and making ceramics in her Voëlklip studio on alternating weeks was the most enriching creative experience with a very special friend.

Gillian Hahn is an artist in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley in the Overberg. I had a lot of loose and playful fun at her creativity workshop on the beautiful farm where her studio is situated.

Ed Bredenkamp is an exquisitely skilled wildlife painter. His Lembu Gallery in Hermanus is a local landmark. Ed kindly invited Catherine Brennon and me into his studio and taught us a thing or two about painting with oil paint, and let us try out his paints and mediums. It was wonderful!

Su Wolf is the most multi-faceted creatrix I have ever met. She paints, draws, stitches, collages and stamps in Stanford. Her collage workshops are wonderful. She has all the best ephemera.

Nikki Miles draws and paints beautiful things on real skulls in Baardscheerdersbos. Going to one of her figure drawing workshops was a reviving and energising tonic for my art.

One-Woman Exhibitions

2021: Lifestyle Gallery, Hermanus

2020: Journey, Stanford

2016: Jeanne Retief Studio, Stanford

2015: Outside In Gallery, Stanford

2014: The Millstone, Oude Molen Eco Village

Group Exhibitions

2021: The Egret + Owl, Stanford

2021: Affie 100 Fonds Auction, Pretoria

2021: The Pencil Club, Umhlanga

2021: The Corrie Scribante Gallery, Umhlanga

2020: Stanford Kitchen, Stanford

2019: Spookhuis, Stanford

2019: Sumaridge Wine Estate, Hemel-en-Aarde

2019: FLAG Art Gallery, Hermanus

2019: Winter Salon @ The Art Gallery, Hermanus

2018: Moon + Bird Art House, Stanford

2017: Through The Looking Glass, Stanford

2015: Stanford Local Art Harvest

Other stockists

13 Queen Victoria Street

The Pencil Club
1 Ncondo Pl, Umhlanga Ridge

The Corrie Scribante Gallery