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“I grew up in the African bush with no worldly influences to direct my artistic endeavour; exploring as chance allowed. Then, as now, I would paint everything that interested and excited me. Despite working in London through the “Brit Art” era, I have continued to explore those paths ever since, simply trying to capture that which appeals to my senses.

I paint and draw everything that interests or excites me. There have been many who have suggested that I should specialize in one genre or another but there is no critical consensus and as my work is essentially reactive to the diverse world around me, there is nothing to push me in any one direction.

Cape Town and its people, the surrounding countryside and especially the sea have been a new experience for me over the past five years. I have fallen in love all over again!”


I was born and brought up in Southern Africa i.e. what was then Northern and Southern Rhodesia (now Zambia and Zimbabwe). For the first 16 years of my life our family lived on mines firstly on the copper belt in Northern Rhodesia and then on gold mines in the bushveld of Southern Rhodesia. I have been drawing and painting since childhood.

I studied art and architecture in London, first at the Hornsey College of Art and subsequently at Westminster University (Regent Street Polytechnic) before returning to Africa for some years.

In Bulawayo, I taught art at the Adult Education Centre and also exhibited my work in the National Galleries of Salisbury (Harare) and Bulawayo.

Since returning to Britain in 1975, I have continued working in many different mediums and have exhibited widely, mostly with other artists.

My work is exhibited at the Royal Free Hospital, London, where there is a permanent showcase of some of my prints. I have also exhibited work at The University College Hospital, in several shows in Highgate, in Hertfordshire, in the annual shows of Lloyd’s Art Group, with The Camden Printmakers and in well-known London Galleries including:

The Mall Galleries (annual open exhibitions of the Royal Society of Oil Painters, The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and the National Print Exhibitions).

The Bankside Gallery (open exhibition of the Royal Watercolour Society)

The Royal Academy (Summer Exhibitions)

Llewellyn-Alexander Gallery W1

W.H. Patterson Gallery Albermarle Street W1 (Venice in Peril Exhibition)

I regularly exhibit my work in France at various galleries.

I am a member of the South African Society of Artists and have had work included in several of their Annual and Merit Exhibitions.

My work hangs in many private collections around the world.


Beside the seaside, The Cape Gallery, Cape Town

“La flore et faune”, Beaumont du Perigord, France

“For the Love of London”, the gallery of the Highgate institute of Science and Literature, London

Bergerac, France

The Royal College of Pathology in Carlton House Terrace, London


Wildlife, adventure and narrative, annual wildlife exhibition at The Cape Gallery

Pause; the annual wildlife exhibition at The Cape Gallery
A point of view; group exhibition at The Cape Gallery

Encounters; annual wildlife exhibition at The Cape Gallery

The world we live in; annual wildlife exhibition at The Cape Gallery

Annual wild life exhibition at The Cape Gallery

Exhibition with Jenny Nothard at The Cape Gallery


2012 - SASA  Trophy for Best Print Media
2010 - SASA  Trophy for Best Print Media
2011 - SASA  Highly commended certificate in the medium of Print
2011 - SASA  Highly commended certificate in the medium of Print
2010 - SASA  Highly commended certificate in the medium of Print

marilyn southey
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Title: Near Franschoek 15/50
Size: 12 x 28 cm
Media: Etching
Price: R 1 000 Unframed
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