Painting out of the Being of Colour – Talk & Workshop in June

Cyril Coetzee presents:

‘Painting out of the Being of Colour: Twelve Keys to a Deepened Experience of Colour in Painting’

Lecture- Friday night 30 June 2023

Rudolf Steiner’s approach to the arts in general and to painting in particular, has exerted a major influence on a large number of historically important artistic pioneers, including Wassily Kandinsky, Hilma Af Klint, Gabriella Muenther and Joseph Beuys. Steiner’s initiative to use painting both as an educational and therapeutic practice has also been widely influential throughout the world.

In this richly slide-illustrated lecture, the painter and art historian Cyril Coetzee offers a fresh perspective on Steiner’s painting impulse, highlighting both its underlying concerns and its ongoing relevance for the future of painting as an art.

In the course of many years of grappling with Steiner’s indications to painters, Cyril has distilled twelve ways of seeing deeper into the mysteries of colour which potentially also become keys to a practical working approach for painters.

Cyril argues that Steiner crucially identified the ‘creative power of colour’ as THE enabling inspiration for Romantics, Impressionists, and Modernists alike, thus allowing him to formulate a comprehensive colour aesthetics for painters of the future.

Workshop – Saturday 1st July

In the related workshop on the following day participants will be given the opportunity to practice the various techniques that Cyril discusses in the lecture.

There are places for twelve people to participate in the workshop. Art materials and lunch will be provided, and included in the fee.

Participants need have no prior experience of painting. Enthusiasm and a little Courage are the only requirements.

Book directly with Cyril on WhatsApp 084 760 2092. Fee R 550.
Registration for the workshop is by POP (Proof of payment) to Cyril.




Date: Friday 30th June 2023
Time: 19h00 to 20h30
Venue: Venue: Steiner Centre, at Michael Mount Waldorf School, 40 Culross Road, Bryanston.
Donations appreciated.


Date: Saturday 1st July 2023
Time: 10h00 to 15h00
Venue: Venue: Steiner Centre, at Michael Mount Waldorf School, 40 Culross Road, Bryanston.
Cost: R550pp (includes lunch and art materials) – booking essential as limited to 12 participants.
Bookings: Whatsapp Cyril on 084 760 2092

About Cyril Coetzee:

Formerly an art historian at Wits university Cyril has published several scholarly articles about J, W. von Goethe, Rudolf Steiner, Wassily Kandinsky and Joseph Beuys. He has also authored a pictorial monograph on the work of Harold Voigt entitled ‘ The poetry of Sight’.

Since 1990 Cyril has worked as a painter, freelance lecturer and painting teacher. He has held solo shows of his paintings at various venues and is also well known as a portrait painter having twice been commissioned to paint Nelson Mandela during his presidency. Many well known South African personalities have sat for him: Advocatec George Bizos, Judge Edwin Cameron, Judge Richard Goldstone, Anton Rupert, Graça Machel to name a few.

For the 75th anniversary of Wits University Cyril was commissioned to paint a 28 square metre commemorative canvas for the William Cullen Library ( See the publication: T’kama- Adamastor: ‘ Inventions of Africa in a South African Painting’ , Ed: Ivan Vladislavic)

Cyril has exhibited his paintings throughout South Africa as well as in the USA, Canada, India and Switzerland and has won several awards. He has works in many public collections in South Africa and abroad. He has also worked as a Curator of several major exhibitions and as a design advisor to the S. A Mint. He has been invited to lecture locally and internationally.

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