Ottilia Nxumalo

Ottilia Nxumalo was born on the 8th April 1962, in Ladysmith.

She did her primary school education at Peacetown in Ladysmith, where she achieved her Standard 5. Ottilia is married, and has four children.

She never worked before starting at Ardmore.

“I heard about Ardmore from my aunt, Agnes Ntshalintshali, Paulina’s mother,” she said. “I came to ask Fée Halsted and she gave me a chance to try painting.”

Ottilia’s favourite animals were the zebra and the giraffe; and her favourite items to paint were dishes and bowls and her favourite colours Chatreuse, pinks and oranges.

A true colourist, her works were covered with design and colour. No white shows. Ottilia used the impressionistic method of stipling on her bowls and dishes, to create depth of colour.

Her drawing is of less importance than colour and the naivety in her art. Her works are vibrant and energetic.

When the Drakensberg Studio closed in 2009 Ottilia retired in the valley of her ancestors.

Her daughter Nonhlanhla has since joined the Caversham Valley studio where she pursues her art and maintains the family’s links with Ardmore.

Exhibitions

1990


Diminicus GalleryJohannesburg

1992


Volkskas ExhibitionDurban

The Natal RouteJohannesburg

1995


The Spirit of our StoriesGrahamstown

1992-1996


Gallery on TyroneJohannesburg

1994


Natal Society of Arts exhibitionDurban

1996


Meklenberg Groote SchuurCape Town

1997


State President's Guest HousePretoria

Catalyst GalleryJohannesburg

1998


Exhibition SA Embassy ResidenceGermany

Marl Concert HallGermany

Germany Exhibition SiegenGermany

Thyssen Forum DusseldorfGermany

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg

1999


Bordeaux St GalleryFranschhoek

Gallery on TyroneJohannesburg

2000


ABSA BankJohannesburg

2001


International Ceramic Arts FestivalWales

Hospice ExhibitionJohannesburg

SA Embassy ExhibitionMalaysia

2002


Charles Greig JewellersJohannesburg

2003


Christie’s exhibitionLondon

2004


Christie’s auctionLondon

City Arts CouncilEdinburgh

‘Men of Ardmore’Johannesbur

2005


Private exhibitionLondon

Christopher GreigHyde Park

2006


Amaridian GalleryNew York

Private exhibitionLondon

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg

2007


Christie’s auctionLondon

‘Cats of the World’Johannesburg

2008


Amaridian GalleryNew York

‘Wonderful World of Ardmore’Cape Town

2009


South Africa HouseLondon