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Alan Grobler

Alan Basil Grobler

Artist / Printmaker

Currently resides in: Eastern Cape, South Africa

Born 18-04-1954 in Port Elizabeth South Africa

Alan Basil Grobler was born 18 April 1954, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. He studied printmaking and book illustration at the Port Elizabeth Technicon in 1976 and graduated with an HND with distinction in 1980. He worked briefly in advertising and was later commissioned as a freelance book illustrator for Heinemann and Macmillan Educational Publishers. In 2008, he presented a printmaking workshop at the KV Art School, Gothenburg, Sweden. His research article Frank Pickford Marriott, a post Pre-Raphaelite, appeared in the 2008 issue of Looking Back, a publication of the Port Elizabeth Historical society. He is featured in Art and Artists of the Eastern Cape, published by the Mandela Bay Development Agency in 2011.

Alan works in the medium of woodcut and linocut printmaking as well as acrylic on canvas. He has exhibited in numerous regional and overseas group exhibitions, and has held five successful solo exhibitions to date. He is represented in public collections of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth, the William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth. His poster design based on one of his linocut prints depicting the four corner stones of the life of Nelson Mandela, was included in the Official 95 International Mandela Poster Project and traveling exhibition. His poster design was published in Tributes to a Global Icon, edited by Toyin Falola, Carolina Academic Press, 2014 and Bible Mission in Africa, by Bob Wielenga, Interpak Books, 2014. In 2014, he was recipient of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Sponsor Choice Award as well as the Radison Blu Sponsor Award for his woodcut entry towards the Wish You Were Here Selector’s traveling exhibition -

Work represented by: Art It Is Gallery, Parkwood Johannesburg and Art It Is Gallery, Woodstock Cape Town -
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Eastern Cape, South Africa

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Current Position(s)

Promotions coordinator, NMBM Libraries | Libraries | Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality
Port Elizabeth, South Africa | 1984 - present

Arts, Culture and Entertainment

Creating visual displays focusing on literacy and books

Previous Position(s)

Museum Display Technician | Visual Displays | Port Elizabeth Museum (Bayworld)
Port Elizabeth, South Africa | 1982 - 1984

Arts, Culture and Entertainment

Design and maintain museum visual displays.

Commercial Artist | Advertising | Don Bell Design Studio
Port Elizabeth, South Africa | 1975 - 1975

Publishing, Printing and Print Media

Design and paste-up.

Educational history


Port Elizabeth Technikon

Port Elizabeth, South Africa | 1976 - 1980

HND, Graphic Fine Art (with distinction) - Printmaking and Book Illustration



Best artwork on show | 2017

Awarded for best work on show by the Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Eastern Cape for works submitted towards an exhibition 'TRUTH BE TOLD' held at ARTEC Gallery, Port Elizabeth.

Shortlist and nomination

Lovell Gallery Artist's Competition | 2011

Work shortlisted, but not finally selected.

Spier Contemporary | 2009

Work shortlisted, but not finally selected.

media exposure

RISE e-Newsletter | 2017

Official in-house online publication of the NELSON MANDELA BAY MUNICIPALITY, Vol. 12.3, December 2017

Interpak Books | 2014

Bible Mission in Africa’, by Bob Wielenga

The Herald | 2011

Exhibition looks at people and their relationship with Urban Freeways.

The Herald | 2007

'Powerful exhibition of contemporary artists', February 2

The Herald | 2013

'Artist casts spotlight on Bay architecture', a Solo exhibition held at the Ron Belling Art Gallery ( now the GIF Gallery), February 4.

INFOCOM | 2014

Q&A arist's profile, Wish You Werre Here exhibition, Quarter Two 2014

Die Burger | 2015

'Humphreys-galery koop werke van Grobler aan', Willemien Green, Kuns & Vermaak, bl. 14, 16 Oktober 2015

Tributes To A Global Icon, edited by Toyin Falola | 2014

Poster design for the Mandela Poster Project included in the book published by Carolina Academic Press, USA.

SA Art Times | 2012

Printmaking Feature

Elle Decoration | 2013


Algoa Sun Newspaper, Jonnic Publishers | 2000

Freelance writer and illustrator, 'Sunbeam Corner for the Younger Set, story and Illustration by Alan Grobler'.

208 East Cape Artists | 2011

An illustrated compilation of artists representing the Eastern Cape by Gallerist, Helene Theron and published under the auspices of the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), Port Elizabeth.

South African Select Arts Diary, 2012 | 2012

This publication is composed of "invite only" work /galleries and is cosponsored by ABSA / PPC CEMENT. Contemporary art with a bite from artists/galleries that sidestep the mainstream.

Port Elizabeth Historical Society | Frank Pickford Marriott, A Post Pre-Raphaelite, 1871-1935 | 2008

Research article on the life and work of artist, Frank Pickford Marriott.

Academic Achievements

Higher National Diploma (Graphic Fine Art, Book Illustration) with distinction | 1980

National Higher Diploma (NHD) in graphic book illustration.

Other Achievements

Selectors Choice, Wish You Were Here exhibition | 2014

Work chosen as part of a travelling exhibition as well as to feature in the exhibition catalogue

Sponsors Award, Wish You Were Here exhibition from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University | 2014

Wish You Were Here exhibition, Athenaeum, Port Elizabeth

Visiting lecturer | 2008

Presented a printmaking workshop by the governing body of the KV Art School, Goteborg, Sweden.

Selected Exhibitions and Representations - local and international | 1986

1986-1991, Annual International Exhibition of Miniature Art, Del Bello Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1993. People, Places and Perspectives, King George V1 Art Gallery (re-named Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum), Port Elizabeth
2008. South African Exhibition, selected artists from the Eastern Cape, Frolunda Kulturhus, Goteborg, Sweden
2009. Who’s New and What’s New, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum
2010. Creative Diversity (selected artists from the Eastern Cape), William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley
2011. Art and Artists of the Eastern Cape, Athenaeum, Port Elizabeth
2012. Large Works Exhibition, Athenaeum, Port Elizabeth
2012. Big Cape Rollers, selected artist/printmakers from the Western and Eastern Cape, Rust en Vrede Gallery, Cape Town
2012. Printmaking 2012, an exhibition of Contemporary Art Prints, Sandton Art Gallery, Nelson Mandela Square, Johannesburg (to co-inside with the FNB Joburg Art Fair).
2012. Catpals Exhibition, Trent Gallery, Pretoria
2013. Fourth Solo Exhibition, Ron Belling Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth
2013. Botanical Prints 2013, SA Print Gallery, Cape Town
2013. Poster design included in the official 95 International Mandela Poster Collective travelling exhibition - an initiative of the Mandela Poster Project.
2013. Big Enough to be Small, William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley.
2013. Alice in Wonderland, an exhibition curated by Gordon Froud, Art Lovers Gallery, Pretoria.
2013. Art4U, ART Gallery, Port Elizabeth.
2014. Wish You Were Here (Selector's) exhibition, Athenaeum, Port Elizabeth
2015. Wish You Were Here (Selector's) exhibition, Standard Bank Arts Festival, Grahamstown.
2015. EPSAC/ARTEC 96th Annual Exhibition, ARTEC Gallery, Port Elizabeth.
2015. 21 Years of Democracy, Athenaeum, Port Elizabeth.
2016. Mustrise group exhibition, ARTec Gallery, Grahamstown Arts Festival
2017. Solo exhibition, Longstreet Art Lovers Gallery, Pretoria

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth
William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley
ArtEC, formally Eastern Province Society of Arts and Crafts, EPSAC
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth

1982. The Port Elizabeth School of Art: a history, 1882 to 1982, Hunter Nesbit,
Port Elizabeth Technicon
2008. FRANK PICKFORD MARRIOTT, a post Pre-Raphaelite, 1871 to 1935’,
Looking Back, a publication of the Port Elizabeth Historical Society.
2011. Art and Artists of the Eastern Cape, Mandela Bay Development Agency,
Port Elizabeth
2012. South African Art Times, SA Printmaking feature, May edition.
2014. Bob wielenga, Bible Mission in Africa, Interpak Books
2014. Prof. Toyin Falola, Tributes to a Global Icon, University of Texas at Austin, Carolina Academic Press, Durham NC
2014. Q&A artist’s feature, INFOCOM, Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, Quarter Two.
2015. Die Burger, Kuns & Vermaak, Julie 21.
2015. Die Burger, Kuns & Vermaak, Humphreys galery koop werke van Grobler aan, 16 Oktober.

Book illustration | 1995

Freelance book illustrator for Heinemann Educational Publishers in 1995.
Freelance book illustrator for Macmillan Educational Publishers in 2000.



Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum

Life Member, 1976 - present


Diane Victor Benefit Auction

Donor, 2013 - November 2013

The University of Johannesburg through the UJ Art Gallery and the FADA Gallery hosted the second art auction in aid of one of South Africa’s most prominent artists, Diane Victor, who is awaiting an urgent kidney transplant.


Donor, 2013 - present

TAFTA (the Association for the Aged) Celebrity Art Auction in order to raise funds for the development of Langeler Towers in Addington Beach


Donor, 2012 - present

An annual charity art exhibition in support of the feeding and careing of stray and feral cats in Pretoria.

The Lions Club of Potchefstroom

Donor, 2012 - present

“BrightlyColouredSight” project to raise funds by selling visual art to aid the South African Guide Dog Association (SAGA)

School Feeding Trust

Donor, 1970 - 2000

Cat Care

Donor, 2011 - 2011


Lord David Michael Prosser

"“Alan is an exceptional man. Apart from being a friend whom you know you can rely on and share with he is also a gifted artist whose work should b and will be displayed in every major gallery throughout the world. Though he never forgets his dedication to his work he also never forgets his dedication as an artist and leaves a work with a 'That'll do' attitude. He works to standars of perfection. I would never have qualms about recommending Alan for anything as it would always be done to exacting standards.” July 13, 2011" - 2011

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