Pauline Gutter receives the Helgaard Steyn prize at the NWU Campus
An artist from the Free State, known for her paintings about the phenomenon of farm murders, is this year’s recipient of the Helgaard Steyn prize of R250 000. This year the prize was handed over to Pauline Gutter at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University.
Pauline Gutter with her work of art,
The Helgaard Steyn Trust is alternately awarded to a composer, painter, writer or sculptor every year. The NWU and the University of the Free State manage the prize that has been awarded since 1987 on the instructions of a bequest in the will of judge JH (Jan) Steyn (1902 – 1983).
Prof John Botha, subject chairman of Art History, together with Prof Suzanne Human from the UFS and Dr Lydia de Waal of the Sasol Art Museum at the University of Stellenbosch, were the judges of this year’s prize.
Gutter’s oil painting, Silenced 1, is part of a series that she did on farm murders in 2008. This painting comes from the collection, Opslag, which was exhibited in the Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Stellenbosch and at the NWU in Potchefstroom. She works in oil paint and charcoal, but is also known for her photo and video art as well as her work in other media.
Two of the trustees, Ms Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg and Mr Carel Gersbach, also attended the event.
A humble Gutter thanked the Trust for its confidence in her and said that the money would give her the freedom to focus on new work. She also thanked her parents for being a pillar of support in her life.
From left are Profs Suzanne Human (judge from the UFS), Herman van Schalkwyk (rector of the Potchefstroom Campus), Dr Lydia de Waal (judge from the Sasol Art Museum), Pauline Gutter, Prof John Botha (judge from the NWU), Ms Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg (trustee) and Mr Carel Gersbach (trustee from Absa Trust).