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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.


154 lots offered      88.96% sold      ZAR 2 468 607
 

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
Hylton Nel; Ant Dish
25 Apr 2022
Sold for ZAR 23 450
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; Green Plate with Hand Painted Dot Motif
25 Apr 2022
Sold for ZAR 5 277
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; A group of Green Plates and a Bowl, with various hand painted motifs, fourteen
25 Apr 2022
Sold for ZAR 46 900
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; Two Dishes, one hand painted with a flower and with flowerhead prunts, the other with a green glaze, two
25 Apr 2022
Sold for ZAR 2 580
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; Dish with hand painted Flower and Flowerhead Prunts
25 Apr 2022
Sold for ZAR 6 449
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; Plaque and stand, hand painted with a nude and a poem by Táng Yin
25 Apr 2022
Sold for ZAR 14 070
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; May this Glaze be Good Dish
25 Apr 2022
Sold for ZAR 7 035
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; Autumn Days Like Heaven Dish
25 Apr 2022
Sold for ZAR 8 794
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; A Vase, painted with flowerheads and ribbons
25 Apr 2022
Sold for ZAR 14 070
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; Baluster Vase, hand painted medallion with nude against a yellow and manganese ground
25 Apr 2022
Sold for ZAR 6 449
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; Seated Nude
5 Apr 2022
Unsold
 
Hylton Nel; Seated Woman with Red Hair
5 Apr 2022
Unsold
 

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