Active Art

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‘Active Art’ is the company name for all the work I did before I became a full-time artist.

I studied fine art and graphic design in Germany and England and have worked mainly as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer for more than 35 years in Europe and Africa. I lived for 14 years in Southern Africa and have travelled widely through Europe, America, South America, Asia, the Middle East, India and Africa.  Living in Africa started my interest in working with community groups for health, development and education. During my nine years in Botswana, I started and managed a silkscreen printing workshop for women, have been a trainer and design adviser for small businesses and taught art at a squatter camp school and at a secondary school. I also started the first art school for children and adults in Botswana.

After moving to the UK  I have facilitated visual aids workshops, mostly as a member of Health Images, mainly in African countries. have designed about 50 book covers, illustrated more than 80 educational books and 14 children’s books, numerous posters, educational comic strips, leaflets, logos, postage stamps, greeting cards and T-shirts for book publishers, charities and NGO’s. For more details look at the publication list (which I still need to update). I also started my own T-shirt company called ‘Active Art’.

Workshops in the UK focused on race relations, community work and conflict resolution and more recently on art workshops, demonstrations and art appraisals.

Cover finalIn addition, I have been designing thousands of simple line drawings for a great number of development organisations,  some of them were used in my book ‘Where there is no Artist’. This book contains 1200 of my development drawings which can be used copyright free, it also gives an introduction to how to make and use different kinds of participatory visual aids.

Only from 2010 onwards did I concentrate fully on my own paintings and started to do sculptures.