Debbie Field is South African, and a graduate, majoring in Art, of Wits University, Gauteng.
She has studied oil painting with Greg Kerr, Ryno Swart and Gill Trappler. Together with Ryno Swart, Gavin Calf and other artists, Debbie was a founder member of “The Artists Co-Operative”, now based in Simonstown.
She has studied ceramics with Wilma Cruise and Barbara Jackson. She ran the children’s ceramic school at Barbara’s studio for several years.
Her ceramic work and paintings have been shown in several group exhibitions in Cape Town and Jhb, with work in private collections both locally and abroad.
Most recently, her deep interest in the power of the creative impulse has led to her collaboration with dancer Balu Nivison in the development and facilitation of the “MovingArts” programme, which has been running successfully for the past 11 years.
She is ever aware of the essential need of an artist to keep herself alive with new input and inspiration (especially as a teacher herself), and to this end attends workshops and programmes offered here and abroad as often as possible. Most recently, she has been working with Gill Aldermann and Mary Visser.
In 2014, she started a collaboration with UK artist Emily Ball, and brought Emily to Cape Town to offer workshops in Cape Town . She has since attended a further Summer School course with Emily at her studio in UK 2015.
In April 2016, 2017 and 2018, Debbie once again hosted and organized for Emily to be a guest teacher in Cape Town and Cintsa.
In 2015, she began to teach art to the students of Indoni Arts Academy in Gugulethu.
In March 2018, she attended a workshop in UK given by Simon Carter, UK landscape artist.
In 2018 and 2019, she taught painting workshops for UCT Summer School.
Her current work, in oils and wax encaustic is to be seen at Infin Art, Cape Town, The Gallery and RK Contemporary in Riebeek Kasteel. She is a contributor to the Yellowwoods foundation in Cape Town.
She is currently teaching and working from her own studio in Cape Town, , and by invitation at various venues throughout the country. In action to COVID19 constraints, she has begun teaching painting classes online.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
1987 “Cats and other Animals” The Art Scene, Cape Town
1989 “The Rites of Spring” Helen de Leeuw Gallery, Jhb
1990 “Pairs” The Art Scene, Cape Town
1991 Ceramics The Art Scene, Cape Town
1991 Collections Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch
1991 Group Exhibition of Ceramics Twist Niet Gallery, Wellington
1992 River Day Project Desire Resnick Gallery
1993 Jugs and Bowls Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch
1997 Group Work Constantia Village Gallery
1997 “Woman’s Work” Groot Constantia Art Gallery
1998 Group Ceramics Gallery 68 Church Street, Cape Town
1999 “Man – Woman” Chelsea Gallery, Wynberg
2009 Opening exhibition The Cedar Tree , Saint James
2009 “The Palette and the Palate” The Cedar Tree, Saint James
2009 “She is the Masterpiece” Samsara
2010 “Interesting Places” Nova Constantia
2011 “30 X 30” Gill Aldermann Gallery
2011 “Light of Life” The Cedar Tree Gallery
2014 “Bottles” takes on a still life Gallery Space, Farriers, Cape Town
2017 ‘4’ The space, Woodstock
2019 ’Now’ Pop up Gallery, Observatory
2020 Turbine Art Fair
2021 Rupert Museum, Graaf Reinett
2021 “Inside Out”, Alliance Francais du Cap, Cape Town
WORK SHOWN IN THE FOLLOWING GALLERIES
Christies in Franschoek and Cape Town
Groot Constantia Art Gallery, Cape Town
Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch
Helen de Leeuw, Jhb
Peter Visser, Cape Town
Chelsea Gallery, Cape Town
The Art Scene, Sea Point
Desre Resnick, Cape Town
The Cedar Tree, Saint James
Gill Aldermann, Kennilworth
The Yellow Door, Cape Town
The Village Studio, Constantia
Hout Bay Gallery
Artvark, Kalk Bay
InfinArt, Winberg, Cape Town
The Gallery, Riebeek Kasteel
Work featured in:
House and Leisure
House and Garden
SELECTED CREATIVE PROJECTS
* Worked with a team of artists, painting outsize posters for movies,
Ster-Kinekor offices, Jhb
* Illustrations and animations for Rainbow Rhythm children’s show, SATV
* Designed and presented series of children’s creative activities for
SchoolTV “Boredom Blasters”
* Ongoing facilitation of “TouchDrawing” Workshops
* On-going facilitation of “MovingArt” workshop with Balu Nivison
* Performance collaborations with Italian musician and performance artist Francesca Krnjak “The Colour and The Motion of Music” live show at Zula and Tagore Cape Town. you tube Link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2CEAS85Go0
* Designed a series of wallpaper designes for ORMS, Cape Town.
* Currently running painting classes online. Find contact details on the contact page on website.
* 2018 and 2019 , taught painting workshops for UCT Summer School , and was scheduled to do so again in 2021, but cancelled due to
* Scheduled to run painting workshop at Seawhite School , UK. Also cancelled due to COVID19
* “Osho” painting workshops
* Louis Jantzen Van Vuuren workshops
* Ellen Norbu “Painting Inside Out”
* “The Working Artist” Workshop by Crista Cloutier
* Attended summer school programme at Slade School of Art, London, 2012
* Attended Summer School, UCT 2013 by Paul Birchell on portraiture.
* Hosted UK artist Emily Ball for a 4 day workshop given to students in Cape Town 2014 , focusing contemporary painting techniques. “The Language of Paint”
* Attended Summer School programme in UK 2015 at Emily Ball at Seawhite.
* 2017 Attended workshop at Seawhite , UK with Simon Carter, landscape artist
* 2018 Participated in follow up workshop to be hosted, again by Emily Ball, once again invited, this time an outdoors programme to be held in Cintsa.