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Normand Dunn

South African 1917-1988 


After winning a scholarship to the Edinburgh College of Art and serving with distinction in the Burmese campaign during WWII, Normand Dunn took up the position of art master at Hilton College in 1947. In addition to his teaching duties he wrote a weekly column for the Natal Witness and, under the pseudonym Falk, provided satirical cartoons for the newspaper. Appropriately, and having already committed himself to an African aesthetic, Dunn held a joint exhibition with Walter Battiss at the Neil Sackler Gallery in Pietermartizburg in 1961. Then, and throughout that decade, his work might be seen as a unique, decorative, startlingly-coloured conflation of bold Zulu motifs, classical Aegean friezes and a European Gothic spirit. The work Paw-paw Tree with Shields, purchased for the nation by the then South African National Gallery in 1969, is a fine, rare example from this period. Dunn had a dramatic shift in style and scale after moving to his Swellendam cottage in 1975 and beginning his professional relationship with Everard Read. The work from this latter period of the artist’s career, typified by everyday views from the surrounding towns and nearby coastal villages, is memorable for its folksy subjects, intense, whimsical colour, close, humorous observation, and warm, moral anecdotes.


13 lots offered      23.08% sold      ZAR 32 800
 

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
Normand Dunn; Landscape with Figures and Dwellings
28 Nov 2021
Unsold
 
Normand Dunn; Basotho Scene
23 Aug 2021
Sold for ZAR 9 380
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Normand Dunn; African Trident
26 Jul 2020
Unsold
 
Normand Dunn; Shiva and the Bishop
26 Jul 2020
Unsold
 
Normand Dunn; Shrine with Medallions
26 Jul 2020
Unsold
 
Normand Dunn; The Conducted Tour at Waenhuiskrans
16 Mar 2020
Unsold
 
Normand Dunn; Courting Couples
16 Mar 2020
Unsold
 
Normand Dunn; Portrait of Lily
16 Mar 2020
Unsold
 
Normand Dunn; The Courting of the Widow October
16 Mar 2020
Unsold
 
Normand Dunn; Shrine with Medallions
13 Nov 2017
Unsold
 
Normand Dunn; African Trident
13 Nov 2017
Unsold
 
Normand Dunn; Five 'Basuto Gothic' Figures
13 Nov 2017
Sold for ZAR 11 710
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT

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