Tracy Algar

084 584 3757

PO Box 1225, Stanford, 7210, South Africa


Tracy Algar is a self-taught mixed media painter who creates contemporary primitive intuitive art.

To Tracy, making art is a quest to know more and look deeper.  Each painting is part of the visual journal of her quest.

Her painting process is spontaneous.  Thoughts and feelings follow one another onto the canvas in the form of symbols, marks and colours.  She paints with no preconceived idea and allows freedom to the idea to develop of its own accord.  Tracy works intuitively with colour and line in a range of mediums, including acrylic paint, oil based pencil, ink and oil pastel. She thinks of her paintings as talismans, imbued with the power and meaning of the marks they bear.  Each one contains a lesson, a message or a map from her unconscious, an opportunity to grow and develop in her understanding of herself and the world.

Becoming an artist in her forties allowed Tracy to make a longed-for move from the city to the country in 2014.


I am self-taught with no formal art education.  I started drawing in 2009, and painting in 2012 at the age of 40.  I have painted over 100 paintings in the past three years.

South African TV travel series Mooiloop! visits Stanford.

Interview with Maria Greene of Greene Earth

SRT cover October 2018

Stanford River Talk, October 2018

SRT 2017

Stanford River Talk, November 2017

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Stanford River Talk, August 2016