1934 – 1986
Watercolours, drawings + mountaineering
John E Stapley in 1979 (sketched by Richard Cheales) (img.The Citizen Johannesburg 30th July, 1979)
Born 1934 as John Edward STAPLEY in Johannesburg, he studied at the Witwatersrand Technical Art School. Whilst living in London, he studied further at Hammersmith and Putney Art Schools.
During the 1970s he was owner of a graphic art reproduction business in Johannesburg. Divorced from his wife Romey, he last lived in Galway Road, Parkview, Johannesburg.
John Edward Stapley (img.© MCSA archives)
John Stapley was a keen and experienced mountaineer, climbing in various parts of the world. On 11th January, 1986, he was last seen in the Drakensberg area where his brother Gerald was farming.
Selected Solo shows
1969 Gallery 101, Rand Central, Johannesburg (29th September)
1971 Gallery 101, Rand Central, Johannesburg (13th July)
1972 Gallery 101, Rand Central, Johannesburg (4th to 15th December) (20 watercolours)
1974 Madame Haenggi Gallery, Hollard Street, Johannesburg (August)
1977 Gallery 21, Fox Street, Johannesburg (22nd November to 5th December) (26 watercolours) (opened by Dr Renate Westphal)
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1979 Gallery 21, Fox Street (31st July) (“Nepal and other impressions”) (cat.)
1982 Crake Gallery, Norwood, Johannesburg (15th to 28th March) (watercolours)
1983 Transvaal Museum Foyer, Pretoria (15th March to 15th April) (“watercolours about Animals and the environment”)
The Standard Bank Corporate Art Collection, Johannesburg
"The start of Superblock", 1980 watercolour 76x56 cm (img © The Standard Bank Corporate Art Collection)
ARTLOOK 34 Johannesburg – September, 1969, p. 37, ill.
ARTLOOK 47 Johannesburg – October 1970, p. 48, ill.
“Art and Artists of South Africa” (Berman) (Balkema) 1983, listed p. 488, 543
"The Standard Bank Corporate Art Collection" (Crump) (Standard Bank Centre Art Gallery), 1990 - listed p. 117 - ISBN 0-620-14614-1
Selected Press reviews
The Star, Johannesburg – 26th November, 1977
The Citizen, Johannesburg – 3rd December, 1977 (“one of the rare few”)
Rand Daily Mail, Johannesburg – 1st December, 1977 (“economy and excitement”)
The Citizen, Johannesburg – 30th July, 1977 (“a lost horizon in Nepal”), ill.
Beeld, Johannesburg – 4th August, 1979 (‘n liriese stemming en bruisende lewensdrif”)
The Citizen, Johannesburg – 7th August, 1979 (“Stapley’s unique niche”)
The Star, Johannesburg – 8th August, 1979
Selected news reports about his last days in the Drakensberg
Star, Johannesburg – 22nd January, 1986 (“Missing Berg hiker ‘dead or imprisoned’”)
Beeld, Johannesburg - 23rd January, 1986 (“Twee weke in berg vermis”)
Star, Johannesburg – 23rd January, 1986 (“Berg hiker still missing”), ill.
Citizen, Johannesburg – 24th January, 1986 (“Berg search for missing artist goes on”)
Citizen, Johannesburg – 25th January, 1986 (“Stapley’s friends keep up search”)
An obituary is recorded in the Index MCSA Journals 1979-1989, vols. 82-94, published by the Mountain Club of South Africa - 89: 147, 1986 (info provided by the MCSA)
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