Artists (Live Auctions)

Gladys Mgudlandlu

South African 1925-1979Online Works 


Trained in the traditional Fingo and Xhosa mural painting traditions by her grandmother, Gladys Mgudlandlu was largely otherwise self-taught although she was mentored by fellow artists Katrine Harries and Marjorie Wallace at times. She responded to Maggie Laubser’s work and made a point of visiting the older artist’s exhibitions in the Cape. Mgudlandlu often painted birds, especially those species found in the Eastern Cape, and called herself ‘unantaka,’ the bird lady. Another favourite subject was township scenes of the Cape Flats. She worked as a nurse and as a teacher in and around Cape Town before taking up painting seriously from 1957 onwards and after that exhibited regularly in the Cape and, in 1964, in Johannesburg. She sometimes used several viewpoints in one work, a practice possibly stemming from Xhosa mysticism where folktales typically present multiple views of an issue. A retrospective exhibition of her work toured South Africa in 2002.

  Live Auctions     12 lots offered     91.67% sold     R 824 895

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8 Jun 2019
Sold for R 28 450
18 Mar 2019
Sold for R 91 040
18 Mar 2019
Sold for R 85 350
5 Mar 2018
Sold for R 181 888
13 Nov 2017
Sold for R 56 840
16 Oct 2017
Sold for R 88 671
5 Jun 2017
Sold for R 136 416
12 Oct 2015
Sold for R 56 840
1 Jun 2015
Sold for R 45 472
20 May 2013
Sold for R 22 736
11 Jun 2012
Sold for R 31 192
7 Nov 2011

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