Jack Lugg, The Artist
South African Artist
2010 – 2013 Jack and his wife, Rosemary, closed the physical Jack Lugg Art Gallery in Knysna when they moved into a retirement village in Plettenberg Bay. Jack continued to create his paintings and sculptures in his new studio and his artworks were sold through the website and by appointment in his home
2013 Died in Plettenberg Bay on 16 September
1952 Taught at Rhodes University, Grahamstown
1951 Studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris
1949 Studied at the Camberwell School of Art, London
1948 Won the Emma Smith Scholarship to study overseas
1946 - 1948 Studied at the Durban School of Art
1942 - 1945 Served during World War II in Egypt and Italy
1924 Born in Pretoria. Father Charles Bernard Lugg (Architect - Pretoria)
Studied under Walter Battiss at Pretoria Boys’ High School

For 35 years, Head of the School of Art, Technical College, East London ( since 1953 ). Has devoted most of his life to teaching art, and many of his past students have been acclaimed nationally and internationally, eg. Norman Catherine, Michael Costello, Raymond Andrews, Valerie Green, Peter Krummeck, Tina Burlock, Graham Lamont, Derek Bauer and Sharland East. National Moderator for Art exams for Diploma in Art. The House of Assembly appointed him as National Moderator for Art for all Technical Colleges in South Africa. Founder member of the Joint Standing Committee on Design Education.

Art critic and journalist on art. Judge for International Salon of Photography for 25 years. Municipal representative on Ann Bryant Art Gallery Advisory Board.

1941 – 2009 Exhibited Nationally and abroad (view exhibition details)
1987 Awarded a Silver Medal for Contribution to Art in South Africa
1993 – 2009 Jack Lugg Art Gallery, 2 Queen Street, Knysna

  • Panels on Volkskas Building
  • Mural at S.A. Phillips Factory, East London
  • Six brick sculptures at the East London Municipal Swimming Pools
  • Large panels at East London Schools
  • Sculptures on buildings in Durban
  • Stain glass window design for chapel, East London
  • Habitat Magazine - The Art of Living, July/August Issue 2009, Feature Artist in Gallery Editorial.
  • Artists of South Africa by Harold Jeppe, Artists of South Africa by Esme Berman, South African Artist by Alexander and the 20th Century South African Art by Rembrandt
  • American Art and Architecture, and at Art Publication (refer Human Sciences Research Council)
  • Special features in Panorama - March 1976, Lantern-June 1969, Buurman-December 1973 and Brickor- February 1974
  • Presented in the Dictionary of Artists who studied at the Camberwell School of Art in London
  • Featured in book published by the S.A. National Gallery on South Africa Artists who studied in Paris (Huguenot 300 year Celebrations)
  • Featured in the Dictionary of South African Painters and Sculptors by Grania Ogilvie, Everard Read
Jack Lugg South African Artist
Jack Lugg
Featured Work
Colourful Rhythm
Other Media
Surrounded by Africa’s space and colour
Oil Painting