Perla Siedle Gibson - South African Artist, Paintings 1888 - 1971
Perla Siedle Gibson was born in Durban, South Africa 1888 - 1971
- 1907 Perla Gibson studied music and singing in Europe; also later in the United States of America.
- 1909 Perla Gibson studied portraiture under Prof Linde-Walther, Berlin; pottery and crafts under John Adams. Painting under Gwelo Goodman.
Short Artist Biography
- Daughter of Otto Siedle, first President of NSA, related through her mother to Thomas Bainers, who died in their family home. Began her career in Europe as a musician.
- 1917 Perla Gibson studied married Jack Gibson.
- 1923 Perla Gibson studied returned to South Africa and a full life divided between domestic activities, painting and singing. Member of South African Society of Artists and NSA, with whom she exhibited regularly; won the Gundelfinger Award of the NSA (for African subjects) in 1932.
- 1939 An accomplished musician and dramatic soprano of extensive experience, Perla Gibson gained an international reputation as “The Lady in White” during World War 2, when she became known to thousands of troops passing through Durban by serenading them from the quayside, clad always in white. In the course of this practice, which she continued after the war, she amassed a vast circle of friends throughout the world, with whom she corresponded regularly.
- 1968 Lost an eye in a household accident, but, with customary spirit, soon took up her active life.
- 1936 Empire Art Exhibition, Johannesburg. Group shows in Durban; Paris Salon; Hibernian Academy; one-man art exhibition, London, opened by Roy Campbell; few one-man art exhibitions in South Africa.
Public Art collections
Durban Art Gallery
Berman, E. 1994. Art & Artists of South Africa . Southern Book Publishers.
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