This article explores two relatively unknown areas of Alex La Guma’s
work – his comics and painting. While there is plenty of the former,
information on the latter has come from his family and contemporaries.
It is based on their memories and impressions of paintings that
have not survived or have been lost. La Guma gave them away or left
them with friends to look after when he and his family moved from
Cape Town to London, and then from London to Havana. Necessarily,
this article falls into two parts distinguishable by their respective
emphases. While the first part relies on documentation, the second is
more speculative and draws on the work of analysts associated with
the object relations school of psychoanalytic theory.