Cecile Elstein

Cecile Elstein is a sculptor, printmaker and environmental artist. She was born and brought up in Cape Town, South Africa where she was influenced by her environment; spaciousness, sharp light, deep shades, mountains, forests, sand, sun and sea. Her deep rapport with nature lead to a passionate interst in making things with found materials.

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In 1961 she emigrated from Apartheid South Africa, with her husband and daughter, to live in England, UK. She developed her skills in ceramics, sculpture, drawing and printmaking, whilst continuing to pursue her interest in environmental art issues.

In 1976 Cecile designed and built a pine play structure for disabled children. In 1996 she made a temporary rope and metal installation for Wimpole Hall Gardens in Cambridgeshire and in 2010 she made a sundial for the Marie Louise Garden in Manchester.

Her work was regularly exhibited at the Pitcairn Galleries in Knutsford and later at the Wendy Levy Gallery in Didsbury, Manchester.