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10 May 2019

Rustenburg – Internationally acclaimed artist Bill McGill will be celebrating his 85th birthday on 17 May, by hosting his annual art exhibition. 

The exhibition, held in collaboration with AfriForum, will be held at Bushwillows on the R24 just outside Rustenburg. 

Art connoisseurs describe McGill’s annual exhibition as Rustenburg’s event of the year.
A percentage of the proceeds from the event will be donated to AfriForum Rustenburg for the great work they do at the municipal flats.

The exhibition will start at 18:30 and feature scenes from across South Africa. Each of Bill McGill’s paintings reflect his inspiration – each painting tells a unique story, true to the context of the object depicted in detail. McGill’s book, Groot Marico, also portray many of his paintings. 

At the exhibition, Bill’s well-known guineafowl dish will be served alongside locally produced wines.
For more information and bookings, contact Bill on 082 680 5890, Chris Trytsman on 082 469 2221 or Carin Botha on 082 853 4176.

Bill has painted in watercolours for over fifty years and has taught art for forty-five years, first at Rustenburg Technical College and later at his own studio. From 1978 until 1995 he was the owner of the well-known art gallery, Studio 5, in Rustenburg.

A portion of the world famous Madikwe Game Reserve once belonged to the McGill family and Bill’s love of nature and animals is reflected in his wildlife paintings and drawings.

During the period 1990 to 1992, Bill was a procurement agent for many of the art works for the Lost City and Entertainment Centre at the Sun City resort and sixteen of his own paintings grace the bedrooms of the resort’s hotels.  

Several of the illustrations of the book Rustenburg Romance were done by Bill and, inspired by the stories of Herman Charles Bosman, he sketched and painted the people and old buildings of Groot Marico.

His lovely watercolours are to be found in homes and corporate buildings throughout South Africa, in the United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, France, America and Canada. Bill also supplies some of the leading galleries in South Africa with his work.

Bill was voted ‘artist of the year’ by the North West Vroue Landbou Unie in 2012.

Zebra at Pilanesberg after the storm by Bill McGill.
Leadwood trees Mdikwe by Bill McGill.
Placid Stream by Bill McGill.
Paternoster by Bill McGill.


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