South African Artist, Harvey Rotschild

Following his matriculation and an undistinguished nine month military ‘career’ spent soaking up the awe-inspiring landscape of the Namib desert, Harvey headed for England in 1969 to further his studies in Art and Design and to be part of the creative explosion in art, fashion and music that blasted London in the Swinging Sixties. With a foundation course completed at the Blackpool School of Art behind him, he was admitted to the prestigious St Martins School of Art and Design in London where he spent three years specialising in fashion and textiles. Fashionista extraordinaire following his stint at St Martins, Harvey returned to South Africa where he immediately made a huge impression on the emerging local fashion scene. He was one of the founding partners of the legendary Goophees label, and later created acclaimed collections for designer labels Rich Rags and Ronald Sassoon. In 1982 he won the South Africa Designer of the Year Award as well as the Coty International Menswear Design Award. Harvey was offered a freelance assignment to design for Ralph Lauren in the USA. In 1984 he returned to the UK and established his own design studio and the Harvey Rothschild label. Together with an English friend they purchased an old farmhouse and animal outbuildings in St Ives, Cornwall and set about restoring them. Efforts were rewarded in 1987 when they won the Prince of Wales Award for Innovation and Architecture. In 1995 he won the BBC Clothes Show award for menswear. It was at this time, as an escape from the relentless, high pressure fashion world, Harvey began applying his sketching skills to the picturesque countryside surrounding his home in Cornwall. The area, which is renowned for its magical light quality, soon had him reaching for his watercolours.