In this overview of Jack Lugg’s development
as an artist,
I discuss the evolution of his work alongside some of the trends in avant-garde art that occurred both in South Africa and abroad during his life and before. Lugg lived most of his adult life in East London in the Eastern Cape. Located outside of the large artistic centres, he was removed from and was not affiliated to any particular artistic group or movement. While he was acutely aware of developments in the art world, he often chose his own path. External factors did, however, have some influence on Lugg’s approach to his art. This text aims to provide the reader with a view of Lugg’s art in context, and an understanding of the artist in his world.
(Excerpt, The House that Jack Built, p.74)
Jack Lugg deserves far more recognition than his remote location has allowed. At exhibition openings, it was always a pleasure to see his lively Transkei and rural Eastern Cape scenes on the walls.
(Excerpt, The House that Jack Built, p.94)