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.
Colleagues and friends remember Bruce Arnott and share how he had touched their lives professionally or personally; and sometimes even both.
Bruce has authored three books about artists Lippy Lipshitz, John Muafangejo and Claude Bouscharain and has curated SANG catalogues for African Art in Metal and Art of Rorke's Drift during the 1970s.