Michael Sarjeant
The work of Michael Sarjeant (19 May 1933 - 11 Oct 2014), shown for the first time, posthumously. 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, often bearing a gift of flowers, sometimes with a long and stretched-out arm, trying to reach the unreachable.
A giant hand giving a tiny flower to a wavery blue female figure, wishful couples floating in interiors with flowers and cats and furniture and windows, a hopeful interior seen across two small, solitary feet at the bottom of the frame. A mythical sheep with a tiny human head, two disembodied arms stretching from the edge of the painting to stroke it, two pairs of tiny legs floating out of the frame at the top, a man and a woman. The human figures often portrayed as giants lost in a doll's house world too small for them, and yet too large.
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 Mirů, the manipulated scale of Yves Tanguy. Could Sarjeant have been familiar with the work of Gertrude Abercrombie?
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 - Doll_s house 1
Michael Sarjeant
"Doll's house 1"
Oil on board
65cm x 70cm
Unframed
R 2 900
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Michael Sarjeant - After Eden
Michael Sarjeant
"After Eden"
Oil on canvas
75cm x 60cm
Unframed
R 2 400
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Michael Sarjeant - Doll_s house 3
Michael Sarjeant
"Doll's house 3"
Oil on board
65cm x 70cm
Unframed
R 2 200
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Michael Sarjeant - Doll_s house 5
Michael Sarjeant
"Doll's house 5"
Oil on board
65cm x 70cm
Framed
R 3 100
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Michael Sarjeant - Doll_s house 4
Michael Sarjeant
"Doll's house 4"
Oil on board
65cm x 70cm
Framed
R 3 300
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Michael Sarjeant - Doll_s house-The marriage
Michael Sarjeant
"Doll's house - The marriage"
Oil on canvas
75cm x 60cm
Unframed
R 2 400
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Michael Sarjeant - Garden nudes
Michael Sarjeant
"Garden nudes"
Oil on board
93cm x 78cm
Unframed
R 3 200
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Michael Sarjeant - Wedding
Michael Sarjeant
"Wedding"
Oil on board
70cm x 60cm
Unframed
R 2 600
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Michael Sarjeant - Holding on
Michael Sarjeant
"Holding on"
Oil on canvas
77cm x 77cm
Unframed
R 3 200
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Michael Sarjeant - Floating away
Michael Sarjeant
"Floating away"
Oil on canvas
60cm x 45cm
Unframed
R 1 800
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Michael Sarjeant - Nude with stockings
Michael Sarjeant
"Nude with stockings"
Oil on board
91cm x 122cm
Unframed
R 3 800
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Michael Sarjeant - Red nude
Michael Sarjeant
"Red nude"
Oil on board
107cm x 91cm
Unframed
R 3 600
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Michael Sarjeant - Selfportrait with suit
Michael Sarjeant
"Selfportrait with suit"
Oil on canvas R 810,00 0,6 R 1 350
50cm x 40cm
Unframed
R 1 350
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Michael Sarjeant - Room
Michael Sarjeant
"Room"
Oil on canvas
60cm x 50cm
Unframed
R 1 250
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Michael Sarjeant - Drawing 1
Michael Sarjeant
"Drawing 1"
Ink on paper
59.4cm x 42cm
Unframed
R 950
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Michael Sarjeant - Drawing 2
Michael Sarjeant
"Drawing 2"
Ink on paper
59.4cm x 42cm
Unframed
R 950
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Michael Sarjeant - Drawing 7
Michael Sarjeant
"Drawing 7"
Ink on paper
59.4cm x 42cm
Unframed
R 950
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Michael Sarjeant - Drawing 8
Michael Sarjeant
"Drawing 8"
Ink on paper
59.4cm x 42cm
Unframed
R 950
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