Elly Holm worked in many media, she was one of the most versatile South African artists using eight techniques or media. Many architects commissioned her work.
Elly Holm did extensive work at the Friedenskirche in Hillbrow, Johannesburg in the 1960’s. Her stained glass windows are particularly noteworthy as is the large esgraffico work in the transept and the painting of the dome in the east entrance.
Elly Helene Holm, nee Pabst, was born in Koblenz, Germany, on April 11th 1911. She died on December 9th 2000 in Hartbeespoort, North West, South Africa. After she had finished schooling she studied/trained for five and a half years at the 'Kunstakademie in Leipzig' - 'Academy of fine Arts, Leipzig'. where she met her future husband, Erich Sidney Holm, a South African.
In 1934 Elly Holm came to South Africa and married Erich Holm. The two eldest children were born here.
In 1939 the Family moved to Germany where Erich took up work at the Afrikaans service of the 'Großdeutscher Rundfunk' the German Broadcasting Corporation. After the war Erich was extradited to South Africa to be tried and convicted for treason.
In 1946 Elly and her children came back to South Africa. Upon Erich’s release from prison in 1948 the family settled at Hartbeespoort where the seventh child was born.
The majority of the seven children chose Fine Arts for their careers. These include architects Albrecht and Dieter HOLM.
In her lifetime Elly Holm donated 292 of her works to the University of Pretoria.
Submitted by Konrad Voges, July 2019.