Galleries are owned and operated by an extended family
possessing an eclectic range of talents and qualifications:
David Lincoln-Lewis is the senior partner in the family
business. He received his training in art by natural absorption
from his mother, Barbara White. Although having a strong
inclination to professional sport he trained in the hospitality
industry. He cast that aside when, together with his wife, he
took over the Sembach Gallery in Hout Bay in 1996, but still
finds time to indulge his interest in golf as a almost scratch
Jack White is a South African photographer who first
worked in the photographic supply industry. He was artistically
and technically educated in the U.K. during the 1970’s and
specialised in architectural and industrial photography. Jack
returned to Southern Africa and settled in Rhodesia (now
Zimbabwe) during 1979-97 when he was a photographer for a
national newspaper in the Cape Argus group and experienced the
stark horror of the bush war, as well as the beginning of
Zimbabwe’s dramatic decline. Jack is still active as a
photographer while the Studio permits.
Barbara White, married to Jack, is a Briton who grew up
in Liverpool and rubbed shoulders with the Beatles! She went on
to the Royal College of Art, as a contemporary of David Hockney
and Mick Jagger, and earned a 1st Class Honours degree under Sir
Hugh and Lady Casson. Barbara eventually came to Southern Africa
with Jack, leaving a trail of notable work in interior design,
such as that of the Mbale Cathedral in Uganda. She has worked as
a buyer of artifacts for Belgium’s Museum of African Arts and as
a valuer/buyer of sculpture, ethnic jewellery, and artifacts for
Zimbabwe’s National Gallery. She founded the Sembach Studio
together with Jack.
Michelle Lincoln-Lewis is David’s wife who trained in the
hospitality and advertising industry. She gained her
considerable knowledge of the art business from the family into
which she married.
Emma White is the daughter of Jack and Barbara and has a
degree in Sociology. Apart from her pedigree dictating a natural
interest in the arts, Emma has immersed herself in the cultures
of the Orient, thereby reinforcing her artistic interests.
Emma has have 2 degrees, one in Sociology BA Hons and a BA in
Media Communication and Culture.
As they say in England, “It takes all sorts!”