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Fred Page

South African 1908-1984 


Fred (Frederick Hutchinson) Page died in 1984 at the age of 76 having produced a body of work which is remarkable for its unique personal imagery and for portraying, with some accuracy, the particular architectural features of the city in which he lived.

Between 1947 and 1980, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, formed the backdrop for his extraordinarily fertile visual imagination. Reclusive by choice, he lived in an area close to the city’s harbour called Central where most of the material he used for the images was gleaned from sketches and photographs.

Apart from a brief formative sojourn at art school for a year, he was largely self-educated. He read widely and had discriminating tastes in classical music.

Unaffected by contemporary world trends in art, Page’s world is the world of the surreal, inhabited by characters who are entirely his own and were evolved from his observation of life on the streets and from niches in his background.

The images are laced with mordant wit, a sense of the ridiculous and an encompassing sense of the enigmatic tragedies of life.

Source: Jeanne Wright and Cecil Kerber (2011) Fred Page: Ringmaster of the Imagination, Port Elizabeth: Cecil Kerbel.

Photograph by Selwyn Leibowitz


121 lots offered      78.51% sold      ZAR 5 285 448
 

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
Fred Page; Untitled
13 Nov 2017
Sold for ZAR 397 880
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Fred Page; All Signs Had Disappeared Without a Trace
8 Nov 2020
Sold for ZAR 284 500
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Fred Page; Mask and Playing Card
4 Jun 2018
Sold for ZAR 227 600
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Fred Page; All the Long Tomorrows
23 May 2016
Sold for ZAR 227 360
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Fred Page; Untitled (Figures with Brooms and Pelicans)
5 Apr 2022
Sold for ZAR 204 840
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Fred Page; Waiting for the Train
4 Jun 2018
Sold for ZAR 204 840
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Fred Page; Najaar
17 Mar 2014
Sold for ZAR 204 624
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Fred Page; The Threat
5 Mar 2018
Sold for ZAR 170 520
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Fred Page; The Summons
13 Nov 2017
Sold for ZAR 170 520
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Fred Page; Ghostly Street Scene
20 May 2019
Sold for ZAR 159 320
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Fred Page; Man with Chicken on Plate
23 May 2016
Sold for ZAR 147 784
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Fred Page; Man with Chicken
21 Oct 2013
Sold for ZAR 147 784
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT

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