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Walter Whall Battiss (6 January 1906 – 20 August 1982) was a South African artist, generally considered 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 primitive 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 (drawing and painting), followed by the Johannesburg Training College (a Teacher’s Diploma) 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..I do not have provenance on this specific work other than it comes from a large collection with provenance.These Paintings and antiques come from collectors who have been collecting SA and Irish Art for over 25years.This large collection of top artists includes many items purchased at both local and international auctions.Some of the works are being sold on behalf of other people, and the sale price that you pay will include any commissions fees charges or other sundry costs that they may apply.....so what you bid is what you pay !!! Many of the works include items that have provenances from Sothebys ,Bonhams, Major and Minor estate sales, and letters and receipts from many previous owners. ,so you are bidding on that basis, as not all have this. You are welcome to enquire regarding individual pieces if you like, and you must do this prior to your bid being placed, because once you bid, you are accepting this as a condition of the sale, should you be the successful bidder. All of the Art that I am advertising has either been personally purchased by myself, either at auctions land or on line, or acquired at sales or taken on consignment .All work is entered in the opinion of the owner, as being from the artist listed as signed on the piece ,but may also be deemed in the style of that artist, attributed to that artist or in the manner of the artist. It is being sold as purchased, acquired, consigned, inherited and you are accepting it as this , and that it is sold to you As IS.