Craig Ivor is an award winning and renowned South African pencil graphite realism artist. Portraits, birds and wildlife are his passions and graphite his medium of choice. He achieves astonishing contrast and enormous depth whilst introducing a new intensity to graphite pencil artistry.
Craig was born in South Africa and his artistic ability was recognised at the early age of 12. His entry into a West Rand School art competition resulted in first prize and his work exhibited at Pretoria’s State Theatre. This experience combined with his parents’ frequent visits to the Kruger National Park, fuelled Craigs interest in wildlife, bird watching and sketching nature. After matriculating in 1995, Craig worked for the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa, reinforcing his passion for wildlife and birds whilst growing his artistic talents. He completed a 2-year Art Diploma at the Roodepoort College in Johannesburg and entered the world of graphic design.
In 2012 Craig was commissioned by Penguin Books to illustrate Marguerite Poland’s memoir, ‘Taken Captive by Birds’. The book was selected by radio personality Jenny Crwys-Williams as her non-fiction book of the year in 2012 and short-listed for the Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice Award 2013. In 2013 Craig entered the portrait ‘Marty Whitman’ in the Sanlam National Portrait Competition. This piece was selected in the top 5% of over 1 800 entries. It led to the commission of the portrait ‘Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’. These limited edition prints have been selling successfully in renowned art galleries throughout South Africa.
The Collector’s Guide to Art and Artists in South Africa
The Collector’s Guide to Art & Artists in South Africa is published by the South African Institute of Artists and Designers. Craig Ivor’s portraits and other works feature in the 3rd edition of this beautiful coffee table book published in November 2014. The Collector’s Guide is available in Exclusive Books and other bookstores nationally.