Thoughts for April

by Kath Dawson

Brett Kebble Auction

Next month sees the auction by Graham’s of the impressive art collection of Brett Kebble, the mining magnate whose death in 2005 caused headlines around the world. His murder, and the high-profile trial of those accused, has gone on to become one of the world’s most intriguing tales of deception and conspiracy, with twists at every turn, making it certain as prime Hollywood material.

The chequered history of the man will only deepen the interest in what is, by any standards, a rich array of the most valuable South African art. His collection features prominently a number of our most popular names including Walter Battis , Vladimir Tretchikoff and Maggie Laubser

Some 142 pieces will be under the hammer and the gallery, even in this time of cautious economy, is placing a lower estimate of around US$10m on the sale, having attracted a huge amount of interest from collectors all over the world.

Certain to draw attention are further works from Eleanor Esmond-White , William Kentridge and Hugo Naude . Kebble was also known to favour George Pemba , Pierneef , Maud Sumner and Irma Stern , all of whom are represented in this substantial collection.

The whole affair is bound to cause a stir in the art world and it is without doubt that those who still nurse large debts from Kebble’s operations – the banks and the tax men in the first instance – will also be very keen to see the estate and the collection liquidated for the maximum possible amount.

- Mark Hayhurst

Easter Sunday is April 12th

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Following last month’s bold assertions about the dates of Mothering Sunday we figured that dating Easter, though it is commonly known to be somewhat arcane, would at least by now be pinned down with 21st Century standards of accuracy. It turns out however that it is not quite as straightforward as many would have you believe as there several methods for determining the moon cycles – we would have no room for art if we tried to explain it here but if you are inclined then Google will happily help you hoover up the hours in research.

For the rest of you – just take our word for it – it’s the Sunday after next!

Here’s April’s selection of works from our artists with a handful of pieces from the many that deserve your attention:

"After Saturday morning Shopping"
by Hannes Meintjes

Meintjes’ works use just the right amount of shadow to bring the scenes to life and this beautiful work is a prime example. You can feel the heat of the day beating down and the light and texture make this a very collectable item.

Already very popular on the site for his makarabas , Michael is an accomplished artist using bold and bright colours to capture his vision. This great acrylic on canvas work shows a swirling pair of rhinos and has a stylish, modern feel while still showing wisdom, power and an earthy solidity.

by Michael Souter

by Monique Crookes

Monique’s work here is quite literally radiant. Beautifully painted and full of hope and confidence – the dove of peace.

It isn’t clear at first just what a labour of love and what a physical challenge it is for Mynie to pursue her passion (you can find out why on her home page ). All the more poignant then, this work themed around the freedom of expression and movement in the human form.

by Mynie Brits

" There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun. "
- Pablo Picasso

New Artists

We have talented new artists coming on the site all the time and in recent weeks we have welcomed the following who have already listed a number of excellent works:

" What I am looking for is an immobile movement, something which would be the equivalent of what is called the eloquence of silence, or what St. John of the Cross, I think it was, described with the term "mute music". "
- Joan MirĂ³

Tell us how we’re doing!

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Yours in inspiration,

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