Eccentric artist Walter Battiss is back with a bang

Times Live | Lin Sampson:


Celebrate South African artist, the late Walter Battiss, is looming large again – on a range of cushion covers and with a new retrospective show. By Lin Sampson.


Walter Battiss, who died in 1982, won acclaim for works that were often inspired by Bushman rock art.
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He comes out of the water, a mammoth, seaweed hanging from his head, a vast shipwreck of a man; if not King Neptune himself, then certainly a self-styled “wild man”. This is how he looked the first – and only – time I met Walter Battiss. It was 1968 on a Greek island. I was to find out later…


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