After Eden
by
Michael Sarjeant
30 October 2020
The work of Michael Sarjeant (19 May 1933 - 11 Oct 2014), shown for the first time, posthumously, in 2019. Wistful and moving work, and full of longing. The recurring female form filling his vision and the canvas. His hesitant and prodigious odalisques, attempting to fill the rent in his world. Voluptuous and alluring, yet distant and pensive, sometimes with long and enormous cloud-like legs, sometimes undulating like water. Thin little arms unable to hold on. The persistent presence of a diminutive male figure in a suit, trying to reach the unreachable. Wishful and nostalgic couples floating in interiors with flowers and cats and furniture and windows. Fruitless angel wings and furious lines. Human figures often portrayed as giants lost in a doll's house world too small for them, and yet too large. Tiny figures and furniture and buildings floating out of the frame, adrift and mowed down by the giant, merciless lawnmower in the sky.  
Sarjeant experimented with a variety of approaches, the brushstrokes often richly applied, but occasionally delicate and clean, many works strongly reminiscent of Chagall and the interiors of Van Gogh. On occasion suggesting a secret surrealist, perhaps an early Miró, the manipulated scale of Yves Tanguy.
The exhibition is but a fraction of Sarjeant's prolific artistic output, due simply to the limits of the gallery's wall space. Two hundred and twenty-four paintings left behind and fifty-eight drawings, the only remaining record of his thoughts and yearnings, his solitary and reclusive epilogue, his loneliness complete after the passing of his wife.
As Gustav Klimt said: 'Whoever wants to know something about me... ought to look carefully at my pictures.'
"Hodgins managed to get a grant of £20 a year from the Walls Sausage Trust, which was sufficient to supply paint and equipment for both himself and his friend, Michael Sarjeant, a young student considered by (John) Mansbridge the most brilliant at Goldsmith since Graham Sutherland."
Elizabeth Rankin (1986) 'Biographical Notes Based on Reminiscences of the Artist,' in Robert Hodgins: Images 1953-1986
Michael (Kirkman) Sarjeant was born in London, which is also where he studied at the School of Art at the University of London. He received his National Diploma in Design, with painting, special level, in 1953. According to John Mansbridge, his senior lecturer, 'he proved himself an artist of exceptional ability and achievement'.
It was also in London where he met his South African wife, Mary Gabrielle - Gaby, Gaye or Gub Gub to Michael - a fellow student of the arts. After their marriage they returned to Waterkloof in Pretoria, where Gaby hailed from, and where they remained for the rest of their lives.
Michael lectured at the University of Pretoria for a period of time, 'fully capable of teaching classes in Drawing, Painting, Modelling, The History of Art and Architecture, and allied subjects', as his senior lecturer commended.
Etna Foxcroft met Michael and Gaby Sarjeant in her capacity as financial advisor, and by this time Michael has already become reclusive and agoraphobic, and Etna had to consult with them at their house instead of in her office. When Gaby, still Michael's muse and anchor, his beloved and friend, passed away, he called Etna early in the morning and said: 'I don't know who to call. I don't know what to do.' Etna, with the help of Michael's neighbour, Flip Klopper, became his lifeline to the world outside. She did his shopping and everything else required beyond his hermitic existence. He never left his house again until he died alone and childless in 2014, leaving all his artworks to Etna.
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Michael Sarjeant - Blue sky
Michael Sarjeant
"Blue sky"
Oil on canvas
60cm x 75cm
Unframed
R 2 900
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Michael Sarjeant - Dreamers
Michael Sarjeant
"Dreamers"
Oil on canvas
60cm x 70cm
Unframed
R 3 700
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Michael Sarjeant - Doll's house with pale nude
Michael Sarjeant
"Doll's house with pale nude"
Oil on Board
65cm x 70cm
Framed
R 3 900
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Michael Sarjeant - Blue couple
Michael Sarjeant
"Blue couple"
Oil on canvas
60cm x 70cm
Unframed
R 3 600
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Michael Sarjeant - Portrait with green fez
Michael Sarjeant
"Portrait with green fez"
Oil on Canvas
50cm x 50cm
Unframed
R 2 100
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Michael Sarjeant - Gaby's funeral
Michael Sarjeant
"Gaby's funeral"
Oil on board
78cm x 92cm
Unframed
R 4 200
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Michael Sarjeant - Doll's house tableau with dog and Charlie Bananas
Michael Sarjeant
"Doll's house tableau with dog and Charlie Bananas"
Oil on board
90cm x 75cm
Framed
R 3 700
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Michael Sarjeant - Michael as a red angel
Michael Sarjeant
"Michael as a red angel"
Oil on board
53cm x 72cm
Unframed
R 2 100
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Michael Sarjeant - The fall
Michael Sarjeant
"The fall"
Oil on canvas
70cm x 60cm
Unframed
R 2 300
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Michael Sarjeant - Dangerous fish
Michael Sarjeant
"Dangerous fish"
Oil on board
70cm x 60cm
Unframed
R 2 400
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Michael Sarjeant - Boutonnière
Michael Sarjeant
"Boutonnière"
Oil on board
60cm x 60cm
Unframed
R 2 900
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Michael Sarjeant - Time unravelling
Michael Sarjeant
"Time unravelling"
Oil on canvas
50cm x 50cm
Unframed
R 1 900
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Michael Sarjeant - Beast and the danger
Michael Sarjeant
"Beast and the danger"
Oil on canvas
50cm x 50cm
Unframed
R 1 500
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Michael Sarjeant - Four terrible dogs
Michael Sarjeant
"Four terrible dogs"
Oil on canvas
50cm x 50cm
Unframed
R 1 300
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