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Auction Description for Russell Kaplan Auctioneers: Art Auction
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Art Auction

(143 Lots)

by Russell Kaplan Auctioneers


143 lots | 140 with images

February 16, 2013

Corner of Garden and Allan Roads

off Jan Smuts Avenue, Bordeaux

Randburg, South Africa

Phone: +27 11 789 7422 / +61 (0)83 675 8468

Email: rka@global.co.za

Shilakoe, Cyprian Mpho (SA 1946 - 1972)  - Follow the footsteps you will find her sleeping

Lot 1: Shilakoe, Cyprian Mpho (SA 1946 - 1972) - Follow the footsteps you will find her sleeping

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Description: Shilakoe, Cyprian Mpho (SA 1946 - 1972) Follow the footsteps you will find her sleeping Etching, signed, 1970, edition 22/25 29 X 40,5cm Cyprian Shilakoe was trained at the famous Rorke's Drift art and Craft Centre in Natal in the 1960's alongside artists including Azaria Mbatha, John Muafangejo and Vuminkosi Zulu. He is generally less well known than his contemporaries mostly because he died tragically in a car accident at the age of 26. Using aquatint and drypoint etching techniques, Shilakoe made dark, but shimmering images of lonely figures in desolate spaces. Unlike Mbatha and Muafangejo, Shilakoe made little reference to religious stories, rather presenting a deeply personal, psychological state drawing on his dreams and his cultural belief systems. In Follow the footsteps you will find her sleeping, the high contrast image seems quite abstract at first, but tracing the odd shapes, one can make out two ungainly figures. A large abstracted character lies horizontally across the centre of the picture plane, with starkly white legs, no arms and a haunting, hollow face. In front of her is a smaller figure standing with its back to us, whose arms are also tightly contained within a cylindrical body. It has been suggested that the "sleeping" figure is Shilakoe's grandmother, with whom he was very close. Made not too long before the artist's death, this print is almost prophetic, Shilakoe's grandmother beckoning him into the afterlife. It also has a deep sense of powerlessness and anxiety, reflecting the socio-political circumstances of the time, but in a remarkably different style. In fact, Shilakoe's style is perhaps more closely related to that of contemporary artists such as Penny Siopis and Robert Hodgins.

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Broadley, Robert (SA 1908 - 1988)  - Coastal scene with figures

Lot 2: Broadley, Robert (SA 1908 - 1988) - Coastal scene with figures

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Description: Broadley, Robert (SA 1908 - 1988) Coastal scene with figures Watercolour, signed, 1963 27,5 x 37,4cm

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Broadley, Robert (SA 1908 - 1988)  - Fishing boats

Lot 3: Broadley, Robert (SA 1908 - 1988) - Fishing boats

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Description: Broadley, Robert (SA 1908 - 1988) Fishing boats Watercolour, signed, 1964 27,5 x 37,2cm

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Hesselbarth, Berhnard Franz (Berne) (SA 1903 - )  - Figures under trees

Lot 4: Hesselbarth, Berhnard Franz (Berne) (SA 1903 - ) - Figures under trees

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Description: Hesselbarth, Berhnard Franz (Berne) (SA 1903 - ) Figures under trees Oil on board, signed 51 x 66cm

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Fielding, Aubrey (SA 1903 - 1981)  - Farmhouse and trees

Lot 5: Fielding, Aubrey (SA 1903 - 1981) - Farmhouse and trees

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Description: Fielding, Aubrey (SA 1903 - 1981) Farmhouse and trees Oil on board, signed 39,5 x 49,5cm

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