Zakkie Eloff was born in 1925 on a farm in Bechuanaland in Botswana. He studied art at Pretoria Boys’ High School under Walter Battiss and at Wits Tech Art School under Maurice van Essche and Phyllis Gardner. In 1957 he moved to London and studied at the Central School, graphic techniques in various European centres. Eloff was a man of the veld, and he was at his most comfortable in wide-open spaces. He was a lecture at Pretoria tech, where he married art student Renee van Zyl. He later moved to Etosha Pan in Namibia, to become a game warden, to escape from the city. The content of Zakkie Eloff’s paintings and etchings reflects his absorption in wild-life and veld. The work of Zakkie Eloff was not often seen on Exhibition during his 7 year retreat into the Namibian bush, but even during the decade following his first show, his output of his painting was receding before his increased interest in graphic technique. Where his canvases presented boldly stated views of animals and plants within the landscape, in his etchings and aqua tints he tended to concentrate on a single motif. His style was to bring out the maximum effect in conveying the stance, the character, and movement of a particular animal or beast.