Tyrrell goes on
Queen of Africa!! - by Jom Somwang
Barbara Tyrrell shares her
latest Safari March
> April 2, 2012
Celebrants of the Grand Occasion
The Boys' Camp
The Tyrrell Camp
Marilee Wood, Zulu beadwork authority, and curator of the 'Zulu Treasures
of Kings and Commoners' 1996 exhibition, celebrated her 70th
birthday with Barbara and friends.
Paul Mikula (Phansi Museum) Tim Maggs (former
curator Natal Museum) Colin Sayers (The Collector - CT)
Tim, Marilee and Marion Ivy (granddaughter of J R Ivy) arrive
'pen in hand' - with copies of Barbara's books.
And what the surprise! Her hilarious signatures celebrate and
affirm her world of fun.
It follows - Barbara Tyrrell remains unwilling to
behave as the average centenarian.
Celebrators finish a meal and hey - check how they cleaned their
Over the hills
and over the dales
Puffing and panting. the Nixie trails -
She puffs "Tot siens!" and pants "Goodbye!"
"Sala Kahle" - and so do I.
but oh no no
On the 5th day of Safari Barbara & Co. set off to visit her
centenary exhibition at the South African National Gallery!
A Centenary Celebration of the Life Work of
Iqholo le Afrika - Her African Pride - SANG
Barbara points to a historic painting titled LIWELUWELU dated
1954. The painting reappears on the cover of 'Tribal Peoples of Southern Africa' in 1968
and thereafter on reprinted editions.
Spot the author -
artist - adventurer. Spot the sparkle. ☺
Spot the privileged...
Barbara returned home after the gallery visit - whereupon friend
and caregiver Louisa Geldenhuys (right) took over.
Amazing Life and Art of Barbara Tyrrell
(in the mean time)
featured Barbara Tyrrell on their cover - April 2012
Historic images contained therein (above and
below) were provided by Gallery Ezakwantu through Cindy Tyrrell.
Artworks courtesy of the Killie Campbell
National Gallery images by Gabriel Clark-Brown
Barbara's hundredth birthday bash - March 15 2012 -
us if you know of another artist who attended
their own retrospective on their 100th birthday at their nations National
Gallery! This Barbara did with her South African pride!
BT is so very cool! Check the image above (middle
right) against another taken twenty years
prior on the occasion of Barbara's 80th celebration (below)
Barbara Tyrrell's 80th Birthday - March 15th 1992
Barbara Tyrrell stood out at another party held in 1996.
Barbara's 90th birthday celebration included her belly dancing
instructors and a Thembu family.
Sure - Barbara must be aging, but it's easier to pick up the
evidence by watching the little ones around her grow.
These wonderful pictures show how Barbara grew up too, now into
her second century of adventure.
Nixie (Barbara's Caravan) / Alfred Martin
Duggan-Cronin / Barbara Tyrrell
Contributions by Barbara Tyrrell and Alfred Duggan-Cronin to the
visual recording of Southern Africa's tribal dress in their time will remain unparalleled,
while their lifework will travel unchallenged through the wrinkles of time.
Happy Birthday Barbara! We are honoured to have shared
moments along a common path.