Portrait of Barbara Tyrrell: in celebration of her 100th birthday


 Barbara Tyrell portrait

Portrait of Barbara Tyrrell, 2012.  Artist: Carlos Carvalho.

Background: Barbara Tyrrell portrait

In 2011 the Campbell Collections commissioned Carlos Carvalho to paint a portrait of Barbara Tyrrell.  The portrait was presented to her on her 100th birthday, on the 15th March 2012, at the opening of the Barbara Tyrrell exhibition at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town. 

Barbara Tyrrell passed away at her retirement home in Fish Hoek, Cape Town, on the 23 September 2015 at the age of 103 years.  Due to her close ties to Campbell Collections over many years, it was fitting that her memorial service was held at the Campbell Collections on the 27 October 2015.  This portrait was displayed prominently with her artworks at the service, as family and friends celebrated her remarkable life.  The portrait is now housed at the Campbell Collections, the home of her late patron and friend Killie Campbell.

Carlos Carvalho

Carlos Carvalho is an artist who has had a number of exhibitions at art galleries in South Africa and Portugal.  He has known Barbara Tyrrell since 2002 when he met her at one of his exhibitions. Carvalho has also worked as an illustrator.  He illustrated the Barry Ronge column in the Sunday Times in 1983, and had two of his graphic novel (comics) stories serialized in the Weekly Mail and Drum magazine.