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Born in Zimbabwe

I am an artist who likes to paint in oil or work in crayon.  Painting still life pictures of treasured objects or painting the rich colours and symbols of different people across the world is what I do best.  I was trained in Zimbabwe as a graphic designer and have since developed my artistic skills in the UK, South Africa and Denmark.  I have had two art exhibitions here in Cape Town and exhibited in the Cape Gallery and more recently in Denmark.  In Denmark whilst on a yearlong writing sabbatical I took advantage of being in Europe to move into a more abstract phase of expression painting the rich scenery that surrounded me in Copenhagen.  I am now a selling artist in Denmark. 

My art draws on my anthropology – I hold a Doctoral Degree in Anthropology and Psychiatry and was trained as an Anthropologist in the UK (MSc Anthropology; The London School of Economics, UK).  At present I lecture in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town.  My research has looked at local amaXhosa circumcision practices, mental health and critical care for children.  This work has been published in a number of national and international journals. 

My mother encouraged me from a small child to draw everything around me and I owe much of my artistic expression to her fostering my talent and creating an environment in which I could imagine and paint.  This passion has been passed onto my sons, Mark and Sean McLaughlin who had stories told in drawings and now, themselves are artists.  We are a family who learn and teach about the world through observation, drawing and art. 


Continuum, annual Winter Solstice exhibitio at The Cape Gallery

Lauraine Vivian
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Title: View from Boyes Drive
Size: 100 x 100 cm
Media: Oil on canvas
Price: R 12 000 Unframed

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