The Jazz Band by Gerard Sekoto

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The Jazz Band by Gerard Sekoto The Jazz Band by Gerard Sekoto

Artist: Gerard Sekoto (1913 – 1993)

Nationality: South African

Completion Date: 1961

Style: Expressionism

Genre: Genre painting

Media: Oil on board and canvas


Sekoto’s first love was music, and after receiving a harmonium as gift from his father he taught himself to read music, and composed his own tunes from a very young age. The discovery of a whole collection of these self-composed songs in an old suitcase after Sekoto’s death, led to the production of a musical CD titled ‘The Blue Heads’ by The Sekoto Foundation under the guidance of Barbara Lindop. Paris, the “City of Light”, was a beacon of artistic freedom from the early 1920’s and lured thousands of artists, musicians and writers, many of whom were political or cultural exiles, to experience its cordial racial and artistic climate. Sekoto was one of these cultural asylum-seekers having left South Africa…

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About Jez Farmer

I am a freelance writer and poet and started writing after raising my two boys as a way of discovering just who Jez is. That is still very much an on-going project but the journey so far has introduced me to many wonderful friends and fellow writers through an ever growing love of poetry.
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