Ennie Coex'ae Bob

Ennie Coex'ae Bob working on her colour lithograph for the artists' book, Qauqaua

Ennie Coex'ae Bob was born in the 1940s. Bob grew up in a family strongly rooted in the traditions and beliefs of the Kalahari San. She never attended formal schooling and is a respected member of her community with people often coming to her for advice (she is a mother to eight). Her knowledge about edible and medicinal plants is well known.

Bob is a skilled craft producer and although she now concentrates on printmaking and painting, she still enjoys making belts, necklaces and bracelets from glass and ostrich eggshell beads. Her love for the designs in traditional San outfits had found an outlet in her art where she often depicts women with colourful clothing and accessories.

Ennie Coex'ae Bob joined the Kuru Art Project in 1994 and her painting style developed rapidly. Her enjoyment of the creative process conveys itself through her work, which is often light-hearted and fun.

The thing that Bob remembers most vividly from her childhood are the trips made with her grandparents into the veld to collect veldfood and to hunt. Like most of the other Kuru artists, she has a need to share some of these memories in her art in order to keep them alive.

Unlike the other women artists at the Kuru Art Project, Bob also likes to depict animals, especially those found in the Kalahari. She passionately loves the Kalahari veld with all its creatures. Thus creatures like wild dogs, with their red tongues and spotted bodies, owls and insects like praying mantises appear in her work. For her, the creative process is more important than the final product. In this way, a bird can easily be transformed into a plant and vice versa.

The Kuru Art Project

Artists A - L

Artists M - X

For orders (with free shipping) or any other enquiries, please contact us.

Abstracted landscape depicting a scene from a San folktale with humans, an antelope and snakes

Title: Pisicoagho bitten by the Puffadder
Medium: Seven colour lithograph
Size: 38 x 50 cm
Edition size: 40
Price: R 3 200 (excl.VAT)

Title: Boots, Beetle and un-named Flower
Medium: Ten colour lithograph
Size: 50 x 38 cm
Edition size: 40

contemprary bushman art

Title: Mother Rhino and Baby
Medium: Two colour lithograph
Size: 38 x 50 cm
Edition size: 40

A purple rhino, colourful bird, small lion and donkey and two-wheel forms

Title: Young lion and donkey looking for their mothers
Medium: Nine colour lithograph
Size: 38 x 50 cm
Edition size: 40
Price: R 3 200 (excl.VAT)

Colourful maginary insects, a lion, plants and birds set on a blank background

Title: Lowveld Insects and Lion
Medium: Seven colour lithograph
Size: 38 x 50 cm
Edition size: 40
Price: R 3 200 (excl.VAT)

Human figures reduced to patterned forms  with birds and insects and surrounded by plant shapes

Title: People, Owls and Insects
Medium: Seven colour lithograph
Size: 40.5 x 64 cm
Edition size: 35
Date: 1997
Published by the Kuru Art Project

New Editions

Other Artists Who Work with Ennie Coe'xae Bob

You might like these

  • Hanneke Benadé

    Limited edition lithographs by Hanneke Benadé, an artist well known for her exquisite pastel drawings.

  • Diane Victor

    Take a look at the limited edition lithographs by Diane Victor done at The Artists' Press.

  • Xaga Tcuixgao

    Monoprints by Xaga Tcuixgao that reflect her view on the world from her home in D'kar, Botswana; where she is a member of the Kuru Art Project.

  • Kg'akg'am Tshabu

    Monoprints by Kg'akg'am Tshabu that reveal her stong sense of form and colour and her vision of the world from the perspective of the first people of the Kalahari.