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Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba 'Dumile' Feni

South African 1939-1991 


Described as the ‘Goya of the townships, Dumile (Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba) Feni was a South African figurative artist who portrayed the life around him and the struggle and suffering he witnessed of people living in the townships under the apartheid era. Known for his emotionally-charged expressive imagery, he worked primarily in monochrome, through the media of drawing, painting and sculpture. He was apprenticed at a sculpture, pottery and plastics works in Johannesburg in the 1960s, but a meeting with Ephraim Ngatane while both were recovering at a tuberculosis sanatorium set him on the path to becoming a professional artist. The two painted a series of murals at the hospital and after being discharged, Feni began attending the Jubilee Art Centre, then under the direction of Cecil Skotnes.

Feni’s work was selected to represent South Africa at the São Paulo Biennial in 1967, but after severe criticism for having agreed to represent the apartheid regime, and also falling foul of the restrictive pass laws that prevented free movement in the country at the time, Feni chose to go into exile in London in 1968. He lived the remainder of his life in Los Angeles and then New York, where he passed away expectedly in 1991.

One of the most important works in Feni’s oeuvre is African Guernica (1967), in the University of Fort Hare Collection. This was selected as one of the most significant works in South African art history and displayed in the Javett Art Centre’s opening exhibition, 101 Collecting Conversations, at the University of Pretoria in 2019.

Source of image: revisions.co.za


43 lots offered      72.09% sold      ZAR 1 711 131
 

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba 'Dumile' Feni; Figure with face
28 Jun 2022
Unsold
 
Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba 'Dumile' Feni; Figure with Raised Leg
28 Jun 2022
Sold for ZAR 17 588
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba 'Dumile' Feni; Mother and Child
28 Jun 2022
Sold for ZAR 25 036
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba 'Dumile' Feni; Nobody has the Monopoly on Ignorance
5 Apr 2022
Sold for ZAR 43 244
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba 'Dumile' Feni; (Untitled) Anthropomorphic Transformation
5 Apr 2022
Sold for ZAR 34 140
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba 'Dumile' Feni; Contortionist
5 Apr 2022
Sold for ZAR 34 140
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba 'Dumile' Feni; Portrait
21 Feb 2022
Sold for ZAR 25 795
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba 'Dumile' Feni; Anguished Woman
7 Nov 2021
Sold for ZAR 318 640
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba 'Dumile' Feni; Woman with Umbrella
23 Aug 2021
Sold for ZAR 9 380
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba 'Dumile' Feni; Standing Figure
23 Aug 2021
Sold for ZAR 4 925
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba 'Dumile' Feni; Anguished Figure
11 Jul 2021
Unsold
 
Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba 'Dumile' Feni; The Conversation
11 Jul 2021
Sold for ZAR 9 380
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT

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