Erik Laubscher is a leading figure in Post-War South African art. He studied in London and Paris and returned to South Africa in 1951 with a strong formalist grounding. Laubscher’s early paintings were influenced by Post-Cubist trends and the School of Paris. His studies under Fernand Léger would prove to be important and influence his work at a later stage.
Laubscher’s oeuvre spans over six decades and his grasp of the fundamental principles underlying Modernist Abstraction, his extraordinary skill as a colourist and his distinctive application thereof to the Cape landscape has secured him a unique place in South Africa’s visual history.
Erik Laubscher has represented South Africa at the São Paulo and Venice Biennale and his work is included in most of the country’s major museum, university and public collections. Besides his artistic legacy and numerous achievements, Laubscher is celebrated for his remarkable contribution to art education. During his illustrious career, Erik Laubscher has left an indelible mark on his students, fellow artists and an appreciative public. SMAC Art Gallery recently presented Erik Laubscher: A Major Retrospective Exhibition, honouring Laubschers prolific creative output. The opening coincided with the launch of the book Erik Laubscher: A Life in Art, written by Dr. Hans Fransen and published by SMAC.