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Thoughts for July – Sleuthing a Constable

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Sleuthing a Constable

Last month in the UK a rather grubby and understated painting of a cloudy sky was listed for auction (which takes place today, as it happens – at Sotheby’s in London – so you had better be quick if you want to snap it up!). The work, from a "follower of Constable" had sold for a respectable $40,000 around a year previously at a well-known provincial auctioneers – not bad considering its guide price had been just over $1,000.

Whether it was gut feel or a rather more studied expertise that inspired its purchase, the buyer certainly is looking to make a handsome profit on the deal – Sotheby’s own experts have since confirmed that the work is in fact a genuine Constable and there is speculation that the price could easily breach $750,000 when the hammer falls on it this time around.

Constable, like many other great artists, has been much copied both as tribute and as forgery and cataloguing the works of any prodigious artist who died nearly 200 years ago is never an easy task. Anyone with an interest in the art (!) and science of such detective work may be interested in Philip Mould’s latest book "Sleuth" Mould, resident art expert on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, has had more than his fair share of discerning "finds" during his career and has some interesting tales to tell. Some may find his slightly flowery prose grating but it tends to go with the territory in certain art circles. It’s worth a read to help understand the traumas some paintings go through over the course of a century or three and some of the attention they need before they can grace the walls of the leading museums and public galleries.

- Mark Hayhurst


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Thankfully such detective work is rarely needed when selecting works on SouthAfricanArtists.com – this month we’ve picked a crop of really excellent talent that you should check out:


"Faun"
by Pieter Vermaak

This work from Pieter’s portfolio is one of a number that share the same ethereal quality. Wispy in nature and depicting spiritual themes, they are soft and dreamlike, inspiring and imaginative.

Andi has great skill in her use of bold, bright colours and her techniques of applying paint to canvas. She can adapt herself to various styles and her works are upbeat and lively.


"Red Fairies "
by Andi Hirschson


"Strelitzia 1″
by Arlene McDade

These vivid studies of tropical flora are Arlene’s stock in trade. Enormous, yet alive with colour – they have a wonderful depth and she has a superb eye for detail and form.

This is a great example of the sensitive work that Jana brings to you. She is a very capable artist and has clearly applied a great deal of care and thought to the pieces she produces.


"Africa"
by Jana Reinecke


"Moon Spirit"
by Dulcie Robinson

With an extensive repertoire of ethnic scenes and large abstract canvasses, Dulcie’s passion for art is clearly evident in this bold work. An experienced art teacher, she has a detailed understanding of technique which she employs without losing an ounce of sensitivity.

Gavin’s skill and traditional style in his portraiture is simply superb and the structure and composition of pieces such as this are exemplary. His pieces are in high demand and his commission work rightly held in the highest regard.


"The Bride in Nikitain Park Moscow "
by Gavin Calf


" Art is either plagiarism or revolution. "
- Paul Gauguin

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:

" Abstract art places a new world, which on the surface has nothing to do with ‘reality,’ next to the ‘real’ world. "
- Wassily Kandinsky


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Thursday, June 12th, 2008

As we reach the mid-year point and a long holiday period let’s take our minds off work for moment, away from our daily humdrum and take a look around our beautiful planet. Even though Mother Earth can be a hard taskmaster sometimes and we can never take her for granted, there is so much around to inspire us – even in the heart of the city you will find a small dandelion shoot pushing its way up through the cracks in the pavement.

With an increasing awareness of ecological issues we should never neglect to remember that it is we humans who are truly vulnerable. If we do not respect nature and look after our environment, it is very likely we who will pay the ultimate price; history, long and true, can teach us many lessons about the power of nature to correct "problems"!

This month’s trio of interesting South African art works might provoke some thought, stir the memory and the imagination.


"Fig Tree, Klein Tierfontein"
by Amanda Jephson

There’s something wonderful about the fig tree, ficus carica , and this respresentation by Amanda Jephson, one of our recently listed artists captures it beautifully.

The twisting members of tree in the foreground, itself a witness to the scene, tell us of its life in the wild – in the elements, bearing fruit, drinking in the rainwater when it comes and soaking up the sun.

There are nearly 100 different strands to the ficus family, its ancestry stretching back an estimated 80 million years, one of the most truly ancient to be found in the countryside. As a symbol, the fig tree and its fruit crops up in a number of religions and mythologies but don’t get hung up on those meanings – what does it say to you?


"Not Coming Back III"
by Ilko Alexandrov

Following this theme of desertion, the artist creates a scene of profound mood and emotion. The figure of a child stares into the empty room where a curtain blows in the breeze from an open window. Has the loved one jumped? It’s a haunting work that stays with you long after, as it resonates with feelings we all have of being left and alone. The enhancement of the light on the curtain contrasted with the subdued tones of the room all create a work of huge atmosphere and drama.


"Theatre Of The Mind"
by Hester Correia

Another work that has only recently completed, Hester Correia’s Theatre of the Mind was inspired by one of the soccer stadiums under construction for the 2010 World Cup. That theatre is where dreams will be played out as they are in our minds, here’s the stage, what is the play today? Does it run the same every day or does the curtain rise for you on a new production?

" My hands were too soft.. I had to find some special occupation, some kind of work that would not force me to turn away from the sky and the stars, that would allow me to discover the meaning of life. "
- Marc Chagall

New ArtistsWe 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:

" The problem with the youth of today’ is that one is no longer part of it. "
- Salvador Dali