Bruce Murray Arnott – sculptor, researcher, educator, curator and designer – was born in Highflats, KwaZulu-Natal. He studied at the Michaelis School of Fine Art (University of Cape Town) and the Courtauld Institute of Art (London).
He worked at the South African National Gallery as Assistant Director and taught at the University of Cape Town where he was a Professor of Fine Art, Director of the Michaelis School of Fine Art, and was a University Life Fellow and Emeritus Professor.
He was interested in Western and African art and published and exhibited mainly in South Africa.
Bruce Murray Arnott: Into the Megatext opened on 22 April 2023 at the Villa-Legodi Centre for Sculpture providing the first comprehensive overview of Arnott's life and work.
In partnership with TAF'23, artist Bruce Arnott presented a scaled-down iteration of the exhibition at the Villa-Legodi Centre for Sculpture.
Bruce Murray Arnott: Into the Megatext, was launched at an intimate gathering of about 50 people in Irma Stern's lounge on 20 July.
Work on Bruce Arnott's book has begun. Edited by Mari Lecanides-Arnott and with Sven Christian assisting with design and production, the book aims to paint a rich, varied and complex picture of Bruce's life and work. There will be a section in the Bruce Arnott book that will include Bruce’s own writings about his artwork.