The Knysna forest has been exploited for valuable timber since the 18th century, and the Amatole forests since the 20th century. Since 1939 the forests have mostly been within protected areas and are recovering well, although managed timber harvesting is allowed.
Lucy Wiles managed to capture such an iconic forest to canvas, beautifully, as shown in our featured piece. Ms Wiles was born in Johannesburg in 1918, and before her marriage in 1953, she mainly focused on capturing the Xhosa people in the Transkei, signed Lucy Mullins.
After her marriage to Brian Wiles, and living in Knysna, Eastern Cape, Ms Wiles practiced a conventional style that ranged between landscape and portraiture along with the artistic members of the WIles family, to great public acclaim.
We are fortunate to be able to display such an iconic piece of Ms Wiles work and look forward to sharing it with you in our gallery.
90 x 60 cm