Hazel Cuthbertson completed her undergraduate studies in History of Art, Fine Art and English at the University of the Witwatersrand and after obtaining a Graphic Design diploma worked as a designer and project manager in the advertising, design and publishing fields. She returned to Wits and completed a Masters in History of Art (awarded with distinction), supervised by Professor Anitra Nettleton and Dr Justine Wintjes, on ‘outsider’ artist Nukain Mabuza’s rock garden at Revolver Creek. Determined to work in the art world after completing her studies, Hazel joined Strauss & Co as a researcher at the beginning of 2018. She has a passionate interest in twentieth century South African art particularly the work of Alexis Preller and women artists Dorothy Kay, Cecily Sash and Maud Sumner. She is currently registered for a PhD under the supervision of Professor Brenda Schmahmann, SARChI Research Chair in South African Art and Visual Culture, at the University of Johannesburg. Her research topic is ‘Ideas of Africanness in Alexis Preller’s mural The Discovery of the Sea Route around Africa’. She has been member of the professional body of South African Visual Art Historians since 2011.
Hazel is qualified to address any enquiries related to Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings, Prints, Sculpture and New Media on behalf of Strauss & Co.