Namibia Loses Iconic Artist

INTERNATIONALLY renowned visual artist Susan Mitchinson passed away last Monday, 21 July.

One of Namibia’s icons of art, conservation and humanities, Mitchinson (61) died at Swakopmund after battling cancer. She lived on a smallholding in the Namib desert outside Swakopmund, with her horses. She leaves behind two daughters, Abigail Guerier (34) and Rebecca Mitchinson (22).

Born and raised in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England, Mitchinson received her Master’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Caen in France. She was largely autodidactic with her artwork and skilled in various mediums.

Mitchinson fell in love with Namibia in 1984 and decided that this is where she would be spending the rest of her life. During the past 30 years, her art grew to include the influence Africa and Namibians had on her life.

Mitchinson has exhibited her artwork extensively throughout the years in the United Kingdom and various countries in Africa, Europe and Asia. Her works are in numerous private and public collections around the world. In addition, her art has been represented in various public institutions in Namibia and around the world including the National Gallery of Namibia, the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia and the United States, and the Oslo Teaching Hospital.

The funeral and memorial service will be held in Swakopmund on Saturday, 2 August. Further details will be announced in the press. For more information her daughters Abigail Guerier or Rebecca Mitchinson can be contacted on: 0812630149 or sus@iway.na.

Source : The Namibian

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