Durban born Barbara Siedle first studied at the Michaelis School of Art, UTC for one year. She then attended the Munich Academy of Fine Art in West Germany for three years, where she studied painting and sculpture under Prof. Kirchner.
She later attended the Natal Technical College where she studied sculpture for one year under Mary Stainbank. Barbara continued to broaden her experience in acrylic portrait painting, pottery, stained glass and mosaics in Durban, Salzberg, London and Munich.
Barbara has today established herself as a major watercolour artist, especially in the field of wildlife. Her first solo exhibition in 1982 was sold out within a week. Since then she has had many solo and group exhibitions with consistent success all over SA and the UK.
In 1995 Barbara was commissioned to do the 2 metre bronze statue of The Lady in White which is situated on T Jetty, Durban Harbour. She was also commissioned to do a bust of Vasco Da Gama, for the Portuguese Government, to commemorate da Gama’s arrival off the coast of Natal.
Barbara’s love of the bush and interest in environmental issues takes her on many journeys throughout Southern Africa to capture subject matter for her work.
Her work is currently on display at the Elizabeth Gordon Gallery: 120 Florida Road, Durban.
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