Live Auction, 13 November 2017

Sold for

R 431 984
Lot 373
Deborah Bell; Sentinel Figure

Lot Estimate
R 200 000 - 300 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 431 984

About this Item

South African 1957-
Sentinel Figure
signed and dated 2002
mixed media on paper
sheet size: 158 by 121,5cm


Important artworks of this size by the artist Deborah Bell rarely come to auction, and this work embodies the ‘mystical godliness’ of her art making. The art of Deborah Bell is created in dialogue with multiple worlds, texts, histories and consciousness. For Bell art is a spiritual practice which the role of the artist is to ‘co-create the world, to materialize what exists for all time’. Her work incorporates multi-layered visual, symbolic and iconographic references to past and present worlds. She is fascinated by ancient civilizations and excavated objects displayed in museums. She searches for the spiritual within the material and for the material within the spiritual.


Barloworld Collection


Pippa Stein, 2004, Deborah Bell, Taxi 010, David Krut Publishing, Johannesburg.  

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