Fig. 273. Boy Bending Over, 1962
65 x 40 x 36 cm, Yellowwood,
Jack Lugg Art Gallery CC

Fig. 293. Man Dancing,
2010 35 x 17 x 10 cm, Vine wood,
Jack Lugg Art Gallery CC
Fig. 312. Stretching Nude, 1997
97 x 35 x 28 cm, Protea,
Jack Lugg Art Gallery CC
Fig. 321. Man Swinging Stick, 2010
42 x 24 x 14 cm, Vine wood,
Jack Lugg Art Gallery CC


solids in space
Barry Gibb

Jack Lugg is known mainly as a painter with a colourful, uniquely independent style, often with an injection of humour or caricature in his renderings of the rural areas around East London. His sculptures, however, are not as well-known, despite the fact that many consider these to be superior to his paintings. During the years of his art training, Lugg’s focus was on painting. Nevertheless, he was exposed to the influence of important sculptors and experimented with sculpture from a young age. One of Jack’s earliest known sculptures was created as a teenager. A totem-like male figure carved out of wood, it is about a metre in height and an African influence is evident in the simplicity and exaggeration of form.
(Excerpt, The House that Jack Built, p.270)

Finally, Upward Spiral (2013) (Fig. 295) is a rare, completely abstract work by Jack Lugg. It has been made from a found object, a piece of bark that Lugg picked up on a beach in Plettenberg Bay. This is his last sculpture, and it completely breaks away from Lugg’s adherence to traditional techniques and materials. Like a final gesture of freedom, it concludes a life of never-ending creativity and total dedication to the tasks which fate had assigned him.
(Excerpt, The House that Jack Built, p.286)

Fig. 318. Hand Puppet 1 — Gallant Soldier, 2010 48 x 2 x 7 cm, Wood, Jack Lugg Art Gallery CC Fig. 295. Upward Spiral, 2013 19 x 19 x 17 cm, Bark, Jack Lugg Art Gallery CC