Artists

From Albert Adams to Portia Zvavahera, Strauss & Co maintains a detailed database of every artist sold at auction since 2009. Whether it is painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, ceramics or new media, this searchable database lists by artist every lot offered and provides aggregated data useful to seasoned collectors. Important blue-chip artists like William Kentridge, JH Pierneef, Alexis Preller and Irma Stern are introduced with helpful biographies.


Keith Alexander

South African 1946-1998  Top Artists


Over a relatively short career of 25 years, the artist created an impressive oeuvre of over 500 immediately recognisable photorealist and surrealist paintings. Specific memories from his life experiences were used as motifs in his work throughout his career, beginning with the memories of the 10 000-acre farm his family owned in his country of birth, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). He attended boarding school in London where the damage sustained during war-time bombing raids still lingered, and upon returning to Southern Africa, he became increasingly aware of the contradictions inherent in his deeply colonial and political fraught upbringing. His decision to study art at the University of Natal was based on the affordability of the books for the course, and he majored in sculpture in his undergraduate Fine Arts degree. In his Honour's thesis, he explored Surrealism and studied the work of Salvador Dali, Joan Miró, Max Ernst and Rene Magritte. After university, he attempted to make a living as a sculptor with minimal success. In 1974, he started painting instead. 'My perception of what art should be had begun to change. In fact, I came to the realisation that I wasn't a sculptor at all. Gradually, my thoughts turned towards putting paint on canvas, and also to the Surrealism I had researched for my honours thesis.' 


31 lots offered      77.42% sold      R 8 684 282
 

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
Keith Alexander; The Distinguished Guest
17 May 2021
Keith Alexander; Epitaph
17 May 2021
Keith Alexander; The Pier
17 May 2021
Keith Alexander; Kolmanskop, Namibia
17 May 2021
Keith Alexander; Scenes from the Old and New Testaments, six
26 Jul 2020
Sold for R 682 800
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Keith Alexander; The Boulder
26 Jul 2020
Sold for R 967 300
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Keith Alexander; Panic
11 Nov 2019
Sold for R 284 500
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Keith Alexander; Pomona by Moonlight
7 Oct 2019
Sold for R 125 180
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Keith Alexander; The Gourmet
8 Jun 2019
Sold for R 341 400
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Keith Alexander; Thorn Tree
18 Mar 2019
Sold for R 52 917
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Keith Alexander; Reflections
18 Mar 2019
Sold for R 625 900
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Keith Alexander; Detritus
18 Mar 2019
Sold for R 432 440
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT

Results in green indicate post sales.


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