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William Lottering

Visual Artist

This site shows portfolios of works by William Lottering from 1975 to the present. It provides information about events, exhibitions and images of past projects, how to commission an artwork, as well as information about the visual arts in general. William Lottering's LookingGlass Studio is located in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. Copyright of all images and written work is held by the artist and may not be used or reproduced without permission.

 
 

Biography

William Lottering, Artist

William Lottering has been living and working in Newmarket and Aurora since 1991.

He was born in the diamond mining town of Kimberley, South Africa in 1956 and grew up outside of Johannesburg. As a young artist, Lottering developed a passion for earthy, knotty organic content. This was reflected in his early works known as Parchment Pieces, which investigate forms through organic graphic lines, earthy colours and textures.  These artworks, spread over his African period to the Canadian present, often remind of historical artefacts or documents, essentially communicating ideas.

Lottering's career as art educator spanned four decades, starting in the 1980's as sculpture teacher at the Pretoria Art, Ballet and Music School, after which he lectured at the University of Pretoria and Technikon Pretoria in South Africa.


In 1984, William joined the broadcasting world as radio announcer and producer at the SABC where he produced programmes on art, wrote scripts, read news on radio, conducted interviews, did voice work for TV, produced documentaries and directed more than 200 radio dramas for Radio Suid-Afrika. He wrote four dramas and countless radio scripts.  In this period William was also an art critic for INSIG (INSIGHT), a South African news magazine, as well as on radio.


As executive member of the South African Arts Association in the 1980’s, Lottering juried art shows and helped organize prominent national art competitions in South Africa, such as the Volkskas Atelier Exhibition and the New Signatures Exhibition (both still in place). His involvement in curating and organizing art shows over decades became a lifelong mission.


In 1991 Lottering immigrated to Canada with his family to settle in York Region, where he resumed his role as art educator and art department head at the York Region District School Board. In 1997 he directed a year-long Totem Pole project in Sutton, Ontario, in collaboration with the first nation people on Georgina Island, Sutton District High School students and the local Georgina community. Many secondary projects resulted from this collaboration.

His work in the 1990's includes coordinating art events and festivals, as well as chairing school arts committees. William was co-director of ArtFun and Fantasy Daycamp in Aurora in the late 1990’s and instructor at the York Region Arts Camp, from 1992-2016. He taught at the Haliburton School of the Arts every summer from 1998-2004. Until 2010, Lottering was a set designer and technical director of high school plays and musicals.   

In the town of Aurora, Ontario, Lottering co-organized, for many years, an annual volunteer graffiti clean-up effort as a collaboration between York Region Police, the Town of Aurora and AHS students.

In 2014 Lottering became Arts Curriculum consultant at YRDSB, where he collaborated with school administrations to plan arts programs, write curriculum, support and instruct arts teachers in Visual Arts, Dance and Drama. In 2015/16 he chaired a YRDSB arts committee which organized large scale region-wide integrated arts events to commemorate the centenary of the Great War (the Visual Arts event was held at the York Region Administration Centre). As arts consultant, William was also responsible for region-wide YRDSB student involvement in the annual Quest conference.


Lottering's career as educator and arts consultant concluded in 2016 when he decided to work full-time in his studio in Newmarket, Ontario. This is where he reads, writes, travels and researches the contemporary arts. William Lottering's work is displayed annually on studio tours and other shows, such as the Images Studio Tour and the Newmarket Art Walk. Currently, he also teaches classes, presents workshops to arts instructors, facilitates and consults on arts projects, and speaks on contemporary art.  William regularly travels to Africa, Europe and the USA.  


Lottering's work is represented in public collections in South Africa and he has executed commissions in South Africa and Canada. William Lottering's Afrikaans novel Emigrant Immigrant was published in South Africa in 2020.

 

List of Exhibitions and Other Works

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021 Pretoria Art Museum - canceled due to Covid-19 Lockdown

2017 Images Studio Tour, Oro-Medonte, Ontario

2016 Images Studio Tour, Oro-Medonte, Ontario

2015 InnIsfil Studio Tour, Ontario

2014 Innisfil Studio Tour, Ontario

2014 Parchment Pieces, Aurora Cultural Centre Ontario

2004 University of Pretoria Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa

1998 Red Barn Theatre, Sutton, Ontario, Canada

1996 Resurrections, Rosenbaum Wagner Gallery Toronto

1986 SA Arts Association Pretoria, South Africa

1984 Ernst de Jong Gallery Pretoria, South Africa

1984 SA Arts Association Pretoria, South Africa

1983 Ernst de Jong Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa

1982 Ernst de Jong Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022 Newmarket Artists Juried exhibition, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

2022 Newmarket Artwalk, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

2022 All of a Sudden, Propeller Gallery Toronto, Canada

2021 Covid Bubble public installation, York Region, Canada

2021 Love in the time of Covid, Georgina Arts Centre Online Exhibition, Canada

2021 Being a Creative in the New Normal, Online Exhibition and conversation, South Africa

2017 Images Studio Tour, Oro-Medonte, Ontario

2016 Images Studio Tour, Oro-Medonte, Ontario

2016 WWI Centenary Exhibition, York Region Administration Centre, Newmarket, Ontario

2015 International Artists Exhibition, Alliance Francaise South Africa

2011 York Region Art Instructors Exhibition, Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora, Ontario

2009 Work in the Pelmama Collection at Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria South Africa

2009 Meeting People, with Frank Smith, Georgina Arts Centre, Ontario

2008 2 Portraits, Mount Albert, Ontario

2007 Peck House, Newmarket Ontario with Gavin Lottering and Julienne Lottering

2007 Portrait Exhibition, Georgina Arts Centre, Ontario

2003 Instructors Show, Rail Gallery, Haliburton, Ontario

2002 Instructors Show Rail Gallery, Haliburton, Ontario

2000 Instructors Show Rail Gallery, Haliburton, Ontario

1999 Peck House, Newmarket Ontario with Deline de Klerk

1998 York Region Artists, Varley Gallery, Unionville Ontario

1997 Toronto Artists, The Candy Factory, Toronto, Ontario

1997 Ten Boxes, Angell Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

1997 Contact ‘97 Exhibition - Xcavations, Dufferin Mall, Toronto, Ontario

1997 YRBE show, Aurora, Ontario

1996 World Aids Day: A World without Art, McMichael Gallery, Kleinburg, Ontario

1995 YRBE show, Aurora, Ontario

1991 South African Artists, SA Arts Association Pretoria, South Africa

1990 South African Artists, Gallery 21 Johannesburg

1990 Works on Loan at SA Arts Association Pretoria, South Africa

1990 WOMAN by South African Artists, SA Arts Association Pretoria

1989 Arts Alive, WHPS Pretoria, South Africa

1989 Innes Aab Tamsen Bursary Exhibition, University of Pretoria Gallery, South Africa

1989 Pretoria Artists, Café Riche Gallery Pretoria, South Africa

1989 Gallery 21 with Deline de Klerk, Pretoria, South Africa

1988 Mysticism, Aleta Micheletos Gallery, Pretoria South Africa

1988 South African Art, The Art House, Johannesburg, South Africa

1987 Art lecturers’ Exhibition, University of Pretoria, South Africa

1987 Arts Alive, WHPS Pretoria, South Africa

1987 Gildehuys Gallery Pretoria, South Africa, with Deline de Klerk

1986 Arts Alive, WHPS Pretoria, South Africa

1986 Pretoria Artists, University of Pretoria Gallery, South Africa

1986 Past Lecturers, Technikon Pretoria Gallery, South Africa

1986 Nudes, Aleta Micheletos Gallery Pretoria, South Africa

1986 Festival of Pretoria Artists, SA Arts Association Pretoria, South Africa

1986 Finalist, Volkskas National Atelier Exhibition, Pretoria, South Africa

1986 Gallery 21 Johannesburg, South Africa, with Isak de Villiers and Pieter Roux

1985 Arts Alive, WHPS Pretoria, South Africa

1985 University of Pretoria Festival Exhibition, South Africa

1985 Gallery Artists, Aleta Micheletos Gallery Pretoria, South Africa

1985 Gallery 21 with Deline de Klerk, Pretoria, South Africa

1985 South African Artists, Ateljee Cabo Cape Town, South Africa

1985 SAAA Group, SA Arts Association Gallery Pretoria, South Africa

1985 SAAA, Christmas Exhibition, Pretoria, South Africa

1984 South African Art, Aleta Micheletos Gallery Pretoria, South Africa

1984 Ex-students, University of Pretoria Gallery, South Africa

1984 University of Potchefstroom Gallery, South Africa, with Deline de Klerk

1984 South African Artists, City Hall Gallery Klerksdorp, South Africa

1984 Transvaal Artists, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa

1984 Gallery artists Ernst de Jong Gallery Pretoria, South Africa

1984 Finalist Cape Town Triennial, South Africa

1983 Pretoria Group SA Arts Association Pretoria, South Africa

1983 SA Artists, Gallery 21 Johannesburg

1983 Pretoria Artists, Aleta Micheletos Gallery Pretoria, South Africa

1982 University of Pretoria Group Show, University Gallery

1982 South African Art, Ernst de Jong Gallery Pretoria, South Africa

1981 Ernst de Jong Gallery Pretoria, South Africa, with Deline de Klerk and Balthi du Plessis

1981 American and South African Art, Ernst de Jong Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa

1980 University of Pretoria Student Exhibition, Anton van Wouw House Gallery, Pretoria, SA

1980 Alumni work, Merensky Library Gallery, University of Pretoria, South Africa

1978 New Signatures Exhibition, SA Arts Association Pretoria, South Africa

1977 New Signatures Exhibition, SA Arts Association Pretoria, South Africa

AWARDS

2011 Gold, York Region Art Instructors Exhibition, Aurora, Ontario

1984 Finalist, Cape Town Triennial

1986 Finalist, Volkskas Atelier Exhibition, Pretoria, South Africa

2000 Applaud award, YRDSB, Ontario


PUBLIC COMMISSIONS/PAINTINGS

2004 DISCOVER, Mural for Aurora HS Auditorium

2003 Mural for Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket – with students

2002 Mural for Villa Risi, Newmarket, Ontario

1989 Waiting room murals, Germiston Hospital, Germiston City Council, South Africa

1989 Mural - Reception Hall, Hatfield Christian Community Centre, South Africa

1989 Tree of Life Mural - Chapel, Hatfield Christian Community Centre, South Africa

PUBLIC SCULPTURES

2002 Dr. John Denison Bust, Newmarket, Ontario

2001 The Millennium Site Project, Aurora, Ontario

1998,99 The Totem Project, Sutton, Ontario

1996 Siegfried Mynhardt Bust for Adcock Ingram Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa

REPRESENTED IN THE FOLLOWING SOUTH AFRICAN COLLECTIONS:

DEVCON, Development Bank of South Africa, Wits Theatre, TOTAL and PELMAMA

REPRESENTED IN THE FOLLOWING SOUTH AFRICAN PUBLIC ART GALLERIES:

Pretoria Art Museum and Bloemfontein Art Museum

REFERENCES

2021 Youtube interview with Thea Van Schalkwyk in South Africa on Being a Creative in the New

           Normal

2021 Youtube interview on novel "Emigrant Immigrant"

2021 Interview on RSG with Hennie Maas on Immigration, 2020

2019 10 interviews with Martin Jansen on Radio Pretoria FM

2018, Interview on Millennium 2001 Sculpture - on Channel 10 Rogers Cable Newmarket, Ontario

1990 Radio Interview with Tinus de Villiers on Radio Suid-Afrika

1986 Interview, Arts Calendar on TV1 South Africa

1983 Articles in South African Arts Calendar

         Articles in Huisgenoot, Insig,

         Dictionary of South African Painters and Sculptors (Ogilvy),

        Art and Artists in South Africa (Berman)


HAPPENINGS

1996 Provincial Pow Wow at inauguration of the Totem Project, Sutton, Ontario

1990 The Message, Pretoria, South Africa

1989 Human Ecology, Pretoria, South Africa

1989 Sound Expression, Johannesburg, South Africa

1984 Archeological Find, Johannesburg, South Africa

1982 Colour Field, Johannesburg, South Africa


SET DESIGN

2008 The Boy friend, AHS

2006 Anything Goes! AHS

2004 Oliver! AHS

1997 Servant of two masters, SDHS

1996 Guernica, SDHS

1995 Brigadoon, SDHS

1994 A Midsummer Night’s Dream, SDHS

1993 The Wiz, SDHS

AUTHOR

Novel:

2020 Emigrant Immigrant (Afrikaans)

Plays:

1986 Die Dam (The Dam)

1987 Halte Een-en-Veertig (Bus Stop)

1988 Die Graf van Abie Tobias

2020 Friday 13