Sarah van Niekerk was born in London in 1934, and trained at the Central School and the Slade. She was tutor in wood engraving at the Royal Academy Schools and taught at the City and Guilds of London School of Art. Her engravings have been widely exhibited in England and abroad.
Sarah Van Niekerk was educated at Bedales School and studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts under Gertrude Hermes and at the Slade under William Coldstream, Anthony Gross and Lynton Lamb. She took over from Gertrude Hermes the teaching of wood engraving at the RA schools and from 1978 taught at the City and Guilds Art School. Her work has been widely exhibited in Britain and at the RA between 1971 and 1986. Her style was greatly influenced by Hermes and the resulting designs bold and full of movement. She has illustrated a number of books for the Folio Society. She died in 2018.
Victoria & Albert Museum, Reading Museum, London Institute, UCLA, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Ashmoleon Museum, Oxford, Bristol Polytechnic (UWE), Freemantle Arts Centre, National Library of Wales, National Engravers Society, Russia, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, Hereford Museum & Art Gallery, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, National Museum of Wales, Central St Martins Gallery and the Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada.