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Bill Ainslie

South African 1934-1989 


Bill Ainslie’s artwork moved from an early expressionism of monumental figures to colourful, gestural abstraction later in his career. He obtained an Honours degree from the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, and taught art at high school level before starting the Johannesburg Art Foundation, informally, in 1972. In 1977 after buying a large double-storey house in Saxonwold, Johannesburg, the foundation provided art education more formally, although there was no prescribed curriculum, it did not adhere to the directives of any governmental department of education, and it awarded no degrees or diplomas. Its teaching was tolerant, flexible and inclusive, and its philosophy encompassed social justice and political activism in the oppressive climate of apartheid-era South Africa. Ainslie was instrumental in the Thupelo Project of the mid-1980s which introduced many black South African artists to Abstract Expressionism, to the chagrin of the political opposition of the time which demanded socio-realistic art criticising the ruling apartheid regime. Ainslie was sadly killed in a car accident on his way home from a Pachipamwe Art Workshop at Cyrene Mission in Zimbabwe in 1989.


14 lots offered      35.71% sold      ZAR 128 348
 

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
Bill Ainslie; Abstract in Blue and Green
25 Jul 2022
Unsold
 
Bill Ainslie; Reclining Figure
13 Jun 2022
Sold for ZAR 3 518
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Bill Ainslie; Mother and Child
13 Jun 2022
Unsold
 
Bill Ainslie; Mother and Child
13 Jun 2022
Sold for ZAR 2 345
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Bill Ainslie; Abstract Composition with Figures
13 Jun 2022
Unsold
 
Bill Ainslie; Pachipamwe No 5
23 Aug 2021
Unsold
 
Bill Ainslie; Pachipamwe No. 5
1 Jun 2020
Unsold
 
Bill Ainslie; Pachipamwe No. 5
19 Oct 2019
Unsold
 
Bill Ainslie; Abstract, Untitled
20 May 2019
Unsold
 
Bill Ainslie; Pachipamwe No. 5
12 Nov 2018
Sold for ZAR 56 900
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Bill Ainslie; Abstract Composition
9 Apr 2018
Sold for ZAR 7 035
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Bill Ainslie; Two Boys
20 Apr 2015
Sold for ZAR 58 550
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT

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