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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; Sphinx
9 Nov 2021
Sold for ZAR 125 180
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; Blue and Cream Cat
25 Apr 2022
Sold for ZAR 111 388
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; Two Figural Dishes, one painted with the figure of Jessica and the other with Mary, two
25 Apr 2022
Sold for ZAR 105 525
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; Male and Female Green Cats
9 Nov 2021
Sold for ZAR 96 730
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; Flower Cat
8 Nov 2020
Sold for ZAR 73 970
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; Cream & Blue Cat
25 Apr 2022
Sold for ZAR 70 350
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; Dish, hand painted with a Staffordshire figure
25 Apr 2022
Sold for ZAR 70 350
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; Resting Cat
9 Nov 2021
Sold for ZAR 68 280
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; Democracy 1994-2004
8 Nov 2020
Sold for ZAR 68 280
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; Patchy Yellow Cat
9 Nov 2021
Sold for ZAR 62 590
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; Cat
7 Oct 2019
Sold for ZAR 56 900
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Hylton Nel; Blue Cat
23 Nov 2020
Sold for ZAR 52 763
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT

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