Tracy Algar

084 584 3757

PO Box 1225, Stanford, 7210, South Africa


Tracy Algar is an abstract expressionist painter.

To her 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.


Tracy has no formal art education and considers herself a self-taught painter.

She took a drawing class for adult beginners with Alex Downes at Frank Joubert in Cape Town in 2009, and a watercolour class with John-Clive Dawson-Squibb in 2010.

In 2011, she took a year long part-time illustration course at Ruth Prowse School of Art.

In 2012, Tracy bought herself some acrylic paints and canvasses for her birthday and created her first five acrylic paintings while on holiday with her family at their mountain retreat near Ceres. This was when she discovered the process that she uses to create her artworks today, and teaches in her popular intuitive art workshops.


6 July: Moon & Bird Art House opening pop-up exhibition, Stanford

15-16 July: Bastille Day Stanford Art Stroll open studio
Through The Looking Glass Gallery, 21 Queen Victoria Street, Stanford

Mother Nature exhibition @ Jeanne Retief Hair Studio, Stanford, Overberg
Pop-up exhibitions @ Moon & Bird studio: June, October & December 2016
With Hugo Prinsloo, Jean Jonker, Val Myburgh, Sanette du Toit, Su Wolf and Charmaine Lacock.
Okkie Smuts Primary School Art & Wine Auction, Stanford Valley Guest Lodge, Stanford
Through The Looking Glass Gallery, 21 Queen Victoria Street, Stanford

The Stanford Local Art Harvest, Stanford Harvest, Stanford,

Untitled exhibition, Millstone Farmstall & Cafe, Pinelands, Cape Town

South African TV travel series Mooiloop! visits Stanford.

Interview with Maria Greene of Greene Earth

Stanford River Talk Cover, October 2018

SRT cover October 2018

Stanford River Talk feature, November 2017

Stanford River Talk 2017 - feature on Tracy Algar

Stanford River Talk 2016

Stanford River Talk Article Tracy Algar