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Hylton Nel

South African 1941- 


Hylton Nel was born in Zambia but grew up on a cattle farm in the Karoo, and is now based in Calitzdorp. As a Fine Art student at Rhodes University, he was enthralled by the ‘beautiful things’ in the cabinet of curiosities assembled by the then head of the department, Brian Bradshaw. It included Greek terracotta figures and Chinese ceramics including a Tang dynasty horse and a Song brush pot. Nel experimented with techniques and glazes the studio of Jürgen Hamberger, a well-known ceramist who ran a studio in Grahamstown, and later completed a diploma in ceramics at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, in Belgium.

Nel went on to assemble his own collection of ‘beautiful things’, and developed an extensive knowledge of Chinese ceramics and art history more broadly, and this seems to have promoted his unique experimentation and sense of adventure with ceramic sculpture.

At the age of 80, he continues to produce a riotous miscellany of wonky vases, inscrutable felines, and higgledy-piggledy houses that hark back to eclectic sources in historical ceramic traditions, literature and popular culture. He is also the influential mentor of a new generation of talented young sculptors, including the late Nico Masemola.


126 lots offered      88.10% sold      R 1 889 509
 

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
Hylton Nel; The Mocking Eyes are Bright Like Stars
29 Nov 2021
Sold for R 6 449
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; White-Eyed Green Cat
9 Nov 2021
Sold for R 31 864
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; A Pair of Turquoise Vases with Text, two
9 Nov 2021
Sold for R 28 450
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; Vase with Checked Pattern
9 Nov 2021
Sold for R 11 725
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; Blue Philomela Vase
9 Nov 2021
Sold for R 25 036
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; Yellow Vase with Bumps
9 Nov 2021
Sold for R 16 415
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; Buddha Vase
9 Nov 2021
Sold for R 10 553
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; Two-Handled Yellow Vase
9 Nov 2021
Sold for R 11 725
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; Two-Handled Turquoise Vase
9 Nov 2021
Sold for R 8 794
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; Slender Vase with Text
9 Nov 2021
Sold for R 10 553
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; Ribbed Vase with Text
9 Nov 2021
Sold for R 17 588
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; Male and Female Green Cats
9 Nov 2021
Sold for R 96 730
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT

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