“Abstract composition” 1987 – mixed media – 58x83 cm – Lot 326 - 0135 - sold





Private Collections included


Helen G Beatty, London – (see letter 18th April, 1985) acquired from Gallery 101 in 1973

Lord Brooke, Perth WA (3 works by donation Helen G Beatty)







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Updated on 29th June, 2019

 “Abstract composition” 1986 – mixed media – meas. n/a – Lot 326 - 0134 - sold

“South African Art” - Exhibition of Contemporary South African Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture (at the Tate) (Long) (SAAA Cape Town) 1948, listed p. 18 (cat. 36 “Figuration” – watercolour – 17”x13”, loaned by artist), p. 31


S.A. Art News, Johannesburg – July 6, 1961, reviewed on p 12


Artlook 47 Johannesburg – Oct. 1970 p. 30, listed under Gallery 101’s full-page advert


“Bibliografie Suid-Afrikaanse Kunstenaars”, 1976, 1986 Vol. 1 + 2


South African Association of Arts, Pretoria – Address List 1981, p. 26


“Art & Artists of South Africa” (Berman) (Balkema), 1983, pp 514, 522, 536

ISBN 0 86961 144 5


“The Dictionary of South African Painters and Sculptors” (Ogilvie) (Read) (1988) p. 276 – ISBN 0 620 12663 9


A Donation from the PELMAMA Permanent Art Collection - Oliewenhuis Art Museum”, 2007 - Cat. 316 + 317







Press cuttings


Citizen, Johannesburg – 23rd February, 1985


The Star, Johannesburg - 23rd February, 1985

Citizen, Johannesburg – 2nd March, 1985 + 13th March, 1985

Vaderland, Johannesburg – 12th March, 1985 (reviewed by Marilyn Martin)


Die Beeld, Johannesburg - 15th March, 1985 (reviewed by Elza Miles)

Citizen, Johannesburg – 8th February, 1986






Works on auction



Bernardi Pretoria – 30th September 2017

"Cleavage” – oil/board – 45.7 x 45.7 cm




Next 6 images: no further data available – works exhibited at Gallery 21, Johannesburg, in 1985 - catalogued

"Images", 1985 - Pastel - 63x92 cm (G21 1985 cat X14)acquired 1993






Unidentified other works in private collections

"Flow down", 1984 - Pastel - 44x58 cm (G21 1985 cat X2)





Other Public Collections




Mondeor High School, Johannesburg

"Beyond", 1983 - Pastel - 52x70 cm (G21 1985 cat X1)

„Infinite Curve” 1971/1972 – painting - meas. n/a






Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein (PELMAMA Permanent Art Collection)



1910 – 1995(?)


Paintings, water-colours, crayon, pastel drawings






No photo of the artist could be traced as yet






Brief curriculum vitae



Born 1910 in Lancaster, Lancastershire, U.K., his father a wood carver, lived in London from the late 1920s, visiting regularly in his free time museums, later most of the galleries in London. Frank Harling began to paint in pen & ink, water colour and drawing. The International Surrealist Exhibition at the New Burlington Galleries in 1936 left an impression.


In 1934 Frank Harling married Elizabeth Ann Ashcroft at St John the Divine Church, Coppull, Lancashire.


In 1937, he became a member of the “Artist International Association” AIA, London, meeting regularly in Great Newport Street. From November 1937, Frank Harling often met important people at these meetings - Herbert Read, Julian Trevelyan at Durham Wharf, Stanley William (Bill) Hayter (Atelier 17, Paris).


In April, 1939, he was unexpectedly offered a job in Cape Town as a designer for a store fitting firm. By this time, Frank Harling was painting mainly in oils, influenced by the constructivists including Ben Nicholson and John Tunnard. However, very little work from the 1937 to 1947 period survived.


One of the two drawings he submitted for the 1948 Overseas Exhibition of South African Art at the Tate was accepted. The following 10 years were a difficult period in his private life; he also withdrew from any public showings being dissatisfied with his work in spite of repeated invitations by Frank Spears, then President of the SA Association of Arts, Cape Town, to exhibit. Frank Harling worked in isolation on abstract and near abstract compositions and figure studies, sculptural in concept.


In 1957, he was transferred by the Cape Town firm where he had been working as a store designer, to the Transvaal. Extensive travels on business throughout Rhodesia and South Africa followed, limiting his output of art work.


Frank Harling spent his later years living with his daughter near the Florida Lake.








1948 The Tate Gallery, London – included in “Overseas Exhibition of South African Art” organised by the SA Association of Arts, Cape Town – 21st September to 31st October


1961 Gallery 101, Johannesburg (Group Show) (8 artists)


1962 Gallery 101, Johannesburg (solo)


1984 Gallery 21, Johannesburg (“Miniature Exhibition”) (11th to 26th November) (3 works)


1985 Gallery 21, Johannesburg “The World of Frank Harling” (3rd – 19th March) - solo show (15 pastels) - (invitation card) + (exhibition cat)


1990 Oliewenhuis Art Museum Bloemfontein - PELMAMA Collection of Contemporary SA Art - January/February







Public Collections




Beaufort West Museum



Willem Annandale Art Gallery, Lichtenburg / Ditsobotla