Painting, Visual Artist
1906 – 1982
Who was Walter Battiss?
Walter Whall Battiss was a South African artist, who is generally considered to be the foremost South African abstract painter and known as the creator of the quirky "Fook Island" concept.
Born into English Methodist family in the Karoo town of Somerset East, Battiss first became interested in archaeology and tribal art as a young boy after moving to Koffiefontein in 1917. In 1919 the Battiss family settled in Fauresmith where he completed his education, matriculating in 1923. In 1924 he became a clerk in the Magistrates Court in Rustenburg. His formal art studies started in 1929 at the Witwatersrand Technical College, followed by the Johannesburg Training College and etching lessons. Battiss continued his studies while working as a magistrate’s clerk, and finally obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts at University of South Africa at the age of 35.
We need you!
Help us build the largest biographies collection on the web!
Use the citation below to add to a bibliography:
"Walter Battiss." Biographies.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 5 Jun 2023. <https://www.biographies.net/people/en/walter_battiss>.
Discuss this Walter Battiss biography with the community:
We're doing our best to make sure our content is useful, accurate and safe.
If by any chance you spot an inappropriate comment while navigating through our website please use this form to let us know, and we'll take care of it shortly.
You need to be logged in to favorite.