Accolades & Achievements

Battiss wrote and published ten books and numerous articles in both local and international publications; and participated in countless solo and group exhibitions. His work has been honoured repeatedly:

1944: awarded the bronze medal and diploma for painting and woodcut at the International Olympiad Exhibition

1952: invited to lecture on South African art at the University of London

1953: appointed as the Principal of the Pretoria Art Centre

1954: elected as a Member of the Executive Commission of the International Association of Plastic Arts; and as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

1954: printing of Battiss’ first serigraph

1956: awarded the Pro Arte Medal by the University of Pretoria

1960: elected a Fellow of the International Institute of Art and Letters

1964: awarded the Medal of Honour by the South African Academy

1965: appointed Professor of Fine Arts at UNISA

1965: elected as an Honorary Member of the Academy of Florence

1965: founded the art periodical, ‘De Arte’, which was published by UNISA

1973: awarded an Honorary D. Litt. et Phil. from UNISA

2005-2006: Standard Bank’s retrospective and posthumous exhibition “Walter Battiss: Gentle Anarchist” accords Battiss much recognition

2009/ 2010: included in major survey shows such as Dada South on view at the South African National Gallery from late 2009 to early 2010

This history was adapted from the book “Art and Artists of South Africa” (1983), by Esmé Berman.