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Sydney Kumalo

South African 1935-1988 


Sydney Kumalo born and grew up in Soweto, Johannesburg. He attended Polly Street Art Centre from 1948 where he studied under Cecil Skotnes. He soon became an assistant to Skotnes and later a teacher at the school. The Centre was forced to close in 1957, but reopened in a new location as the Jubilee Art Centre, where Kumalo continued to teach and mentor students. He worked on two mural commissions for churches with Skotnes and spent time in the studio of Edoardo Villa where he was exposed to the work of modernist sculptors such as Constantin Brâncu?i, Henry Moore and Marino Marini. In 1962, Kumalo had his first solo exhibition at Egon Guenther’s gallery and showed later in the 60s with Guenther’s Amadlozi Group, which included Villa, Skotnes, Cecil Sash, Giuseppe Cattaneo and later Ezrom Legae.

Kumalo was exposed to central and west African sculpture though Guenther’s extensive collection and synthesised his own style from African and Modernist precedents. His bronzes depict human and animal forms, sometimes in combination, using expressive figuration with striated and stippled surface texture. Kumalo had work on numerous local and international exhibitions including at the Grosvenor Gallery, London, in 1965 and 1967, and at the Venice and São Paulo Biennales in 1966 and 1968, respectively. His work is in the collections of the Johannesburg Art Gallery; Rembrandt van Rijn Art Foundation; Iziko South African National Gallery; University of Fort Hare; and Wits Art Museum.


99 lots offered      81.82% sold      ZAR 26 679 130
 

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
Sydney Kumalo; Proud Man
16 May 2022
Sold for ZAR 318 640
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Sydney Kumalo; Head Leaning on Arm
16 May 2022
Sold for ZAR 432 440
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Sydney Kumalo; Mother and Child
5 Apr 2022
Sold for ZAR 102 420
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Sydney Kumalo; Stylised Head
14 Mar 2022
Sold for ZAR 22 278
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Sydney Kumalo; Mother and Child
7 Nov 2021
Sold for ZAR 108 110
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Sydney Kumalo; Horse on Wheels
7 Nov 2021
Unsold
 
Sydney Kumalo; Hugging Nude
7 Nov 2021
Sold for ZAR 250 360
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Sydney Kumalo; Mythological Rider
7 Nov 2021
Unsold
 
Sydney Kumalo; Two Figures
7 Jun 2021
Sold for ZAR 6 449
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Sydney Kumalo; Saint Francis
17 May 2021
Sold for ZAR 3 755 400
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Sydney Kumalo; Reclining Figures and Animals
23 Nov 2020
Sold for ZAR 11 725
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Sydney Kumalo; Mother and Child
8 Nov 2020
Sold for ZAR 28 450
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT

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