FIRELIZARD - James Hartlief - Artist of the Dreaming World by Jeni Couzyn and James Hartlief
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James Hartlief lives in the village of Nieu Bethesda, in the heart of the Great Karoo. In this inspiring book he tells his story, through his stunning lino prints, and scraps of conversation with Jeni Couzyn.





James’s story is funny and moving – his marriage at twenty to a woman who already had six children, his development as an artist as he soaked up the technical skills brought by volunteer artist/teachers to the First People Centre, and his battle with throat cancer that left him unable to speak for two years. Through his quirky narrative there emerges a vivid picture of a man who, still unable to write, began his working life at twelve as a sheep shearer, and became an artist supporting a whole clan with his work.

 



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 James Hartlief - Artist of the Dreaming World - R 285.00

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Anyone reading this book will absorb the colour and texture of Karoo life for the fragmented descendants of the Bushmen who once lived here, now inextricably mixed with the races that persecuted and finally subsumed them. James Hartlief’s unique and powerful talent emerges unscathed from some of South Africa’s darkest history.



about the author - Jeni Couzyn and James Hartlief

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Jeni Couzyn is founder and director of the First People Centre, Nieu Bethesda, South Africa 6286. She is also a poet and psychotherapist. James Hartlief lives in the village of Nieu Bethesda, in the heart of the Great Karoo. James’s story is funny and moving – his marriage at twenty to a woman who already had six children, his development as an artist as he soaked up the technical skills brought by volunteer artist/teachers to the First People Centre, and his battle with throat cancer that left him unable to speak for two years.