Barbara Tyrrell


This first of several installments from an interview Liane Greeff (EcoDocs Africa) and I had conducted with legendary South African artist, Barbara Tyrrell. It was autumn of 2009 and the location Fish Hoek, a suburb of Cape Town.

I’m mesmerised by her voice and the delight she takes in telling her story. Even after reviewing the interview, drawing up a rough shot log and editing this down I’ve watched it a dozen times since. I never tire of listening to Barbara. She’ll turn 100 in 2012.

Barbara Tyrrell and her beloved caravan

Barbara Tyrrell and her beloved caravan.

5 thoughts on “Barbara Tyrrell

  1. Lisa kitney

    An amazing lady. I purchased a 1940’s painting of hers from an auction in Natal about 18 years ago. From then on I have interested in her life and journeys. Happy 100th birthday

  2. rodg

    keep imagining breaking her off and asking her something about what she just said – but then not wanting to miss anything – a hard interview subject, that way, you might have found. wonder if she has a relation to G. N. M. Tyrrell who wrote “The Personality Of Man” in the 1940s, it went popular in Penguin, not long before he died, young.

    • I’ve not idea of the connection with G.N.M Tyrrell, but if he were some how connected to the Tyrrell’s in South Africa, highly likely. There’s a whole lot more I’ve yet to massage into a view-able interview. Have chunked it into topics, but got stuck trying to find a narrative thread.

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