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 collectors. Famous South African artists like William Kentridge, JH Pierneef, Alexis Preller and Irma Stern are introduced with helpful biographies along with the best contemporary artists.



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Keith Alexander

South African 1946-1998 


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.'


56 lots offered      76.79% sold      ZAR 18 091 760
 

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
Keith Alexander; Mine
27 Nov 2023
Unsold
 
Keith Alexander; The Newel Post
19 Sep 2023
Sold for ZAR 293 125
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Keith Alexander; Mine
19 Sep 2023
Unsold
 
Keith Alexander; Bucket
14 Aug 2023
Unsold
 
Keith Alexander; Truck in the Mud
16 May 2023
Sold for ZAR 234 500
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Keith Alexander; Beached Boat
11 Apr 2023
Sold for ZAR 111 388
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Keith Alexander; Desert Landscape
7 Nov 2022
Unsold
 
Keith Alexander; Stack of Boulders
3 Nov 2022
Sold for ZAR 136 560
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Keith Alexander; The Iron Mask
3 Nov 2022
Unsold
 
Keith Alexander; Bucket
3 Nov 2022
Unsold
 
Keith Alexander; Drum in Rocky Riverbed
3 Oct 2022
Sold for ZAR 58 625
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Keith Alexander; Farm Buildings
21 Sep 2022
Unsold