Walter Edward Westbrook kimberley and kent artist: calm, beauty and pure direct vision
portrait by walter westbrook

Walter Edward Westbrook was a South African artist well known particularly for his watercolour landscapes inspired by the arid plains of the Northern Cape and Namibia. Westbrook was born in Pretoria in 1921 and lived in Kimberley for several decades before emigrating to England in the late 1990s, where he died on 15 January 2015.
Westbrook began to paint at a young age and studied art under Walter Battiss in Pretoria. 
Not recognised officially as war artist, Westbrook nevertheless practised as a painter throughout his war years in North Africa, and in Italy where he was taken under the wing of Italian artist, Francisco Caprioli.
It was when living and working in Kimberley that he began to engage with the arid landscapes of the Northern Cape, the Kalahari and Namibia. He embarked on a full-time career as artist in 1970.
Westbrook was a member of the ‘Bloemfontein Group’, founded in the 1960s by Dr F.P. Scott. Together with artists Marianne and Alexander Podlashuc, Fr Frans Claerhout, Stefan and Iris Ampenberger and Mike Edwards, Westbrook contributed two works to the twenty four pieces making up the F.P. Scott Trust at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfonteain. This collection, with its strongly regional flavour, signaled the Group’s commitment to the establishment of Oliewenhuis gallery.
The William Humphreys Art Gallery in Kimberley, South Africa are caretakers to a large collection of his work spanning seven decades.