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Freida Lock

South African 1902-1962  Top Artists


Frieda Lock was born in England but moved to South Africa when her parents established a fruit farm in Stellenbosch in 1921. She studied in London at the Heatherley School of Art and the Central School of Art in the early 1930s, rather conservative institutions at the time, and her work is unlike the early work of artists who were her contemporaries such as Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. At Heatherley, Lock met Gregoire Boonzaier and Terence McCaw, who went on to found the New Group in Cape Town in 1938 with Lock and Lippy Lipshitz.

Lock is best-known for her still lifes and paintings of interiors, but her range of subject matter is much broader. During a lengthy stay in Zanzibar (1947–49), she completed many architectural studies and portraits of Arab sitters. Inevitably, these invite comparison with Irma Stern, who visited Zanzibar earlier than Lock did, in 1939 and again in 1945. The connection between the two artists’ work goes beyond subject matter – like Stern, Lock also framed her paintings using repurposed Zanzibari carved wooded window and door frames. Her portraits and figure studies nevertheless hold their own against Stern’s as they exhibit a gentler sensibility. There is great vitality in the manner in which Lock portrays her figures and in her use of colour. She clearly found physical delight in the touch of the brush on canvas and often her canvases are crusty with the application of thick oil paint impasto, resulting in a highly textured surface.


54 lots offered      75.93% sold      R 10 692 568
 

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
Freida Lock; Flowers in a Vase
8 Nov 2020
Sold for R 51 210
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Freida Lock; Still Life with Hydrangeas and Bowl
8 Nov 2020
Unsold
 
Freida Lock; Still Life with Flowers
26 Jul 2020
Sold for R 125 180
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Freida Lock; A White Hyacinth on a Chair
10 May 2020
Sold for R 216 220
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Freida Lock; Spring Flowers and Apples
18 Nov 2019
Sold for R 102 420
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Freida Lock; Cleves; and Hop Poles, Sussex, two
15 Jul 2019
Sold for R 4 690
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Freida Lock; Still Life with Flowers
20 May 2019
Unsold
 
Freida Lock; Fishing Boats on the Beach
18 Mar 2019
Sold for R 136 560
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Freida Lock; Still Life with Pawpaw
18 Mar 2019
Sold for R 79 660
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Freida Lock; Nakhoda from Kutoh
18 Mar 2019
Sold for R 227 600
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Freida Lock; Kitchen Interior
15 Oct 2018
Sold for R 284 500
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Freida Lock; Still Life with Daisies
16 Jul 2018
Sold for R 46 900
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT

Results in green indicate post sales.


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