Jack Lugg – for many, the name brings back memories of their dynamic art master and mentor who was the Head of the East London Technical College Art School for 35 years. Others are reminded of the art they own by this devoted and passionate artist. In Jack’s own words, “Art is almost like a religion for me. I’m merely the vehicle through which this strong spirit drives.”
Jack and his wife, Rosemary, have left us the legacy of more than seven decades of extraordinary art production. Initially, the Jack Lugg Art Gallery thrived in Knysna for 18 years. Thereafter, it continued to run in Plettenberg Bay through the gallery website and studio appointments until Jack’s passing a few months short of 90 years old. Now run by his children, the Jack Lugg Art Gallery sells artworks through the website and arranges private viewings by appointment in Port Elizabeth. The works on show range from Lugg’s teens in Pretoria where he studied under Walter Battiss, to his service in World War II, through his studies in Durban where he won the Emma Smith scholarship, to Camberwell, London and Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, where he studied under Matisse.
The subject matter reveals Lugg’s deep connection with the landscape, animals, and people of Africa. Jack Lugg held his first exhibition at 17 years old and continued to exhibit in many solo and group exhibitions throughout his expansive career. His art can be found in significant public and private art collections around the world.