Contemporary Art

Live Virtual Auction, 15 February 2020

Contemporary Art

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ZAR 43 244
Lot 22
  • Mongezi Ncaphayi; Into the Labyrinth

Lot Estimate
ZAR 30 000 - 50 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 43 244

About this Item

South African 1983-
Into the Labyrinth

signed and dated 2019 on the reverse

Akua ink and acrylic on Kitakata paper
152 by 77cm excluding frame


“I think that [my love of abstraction] has a lot to do with the music I was exposed to as a child and grew up listening to – Jazz. I’m always fascinated by how musicians can communicate and express a feeling purely through sound (especially without any lyrics). As a listener you’re given room to relate it to your own experiences and ideas. I like the fact that it makes you think and engage with it and not only be on the receiving end. Thus, I see my abstract works as musical compositions in a visual form. I was introduced to abstract art in my art history class. I am still inspired by the works of Kandinsky, Mondrian and the artists who were part of the Abstract Expressionism movement.

I don’t really plan my compositions. I rely on my intuition and spontaneity, and yes, they just evolve as I make them. If I put a mark down, the second mark would be based on the first mark and so are the rest of the marks, shapes and colours. I let the artwork guide me through its various directions. When it has reached that end point, the artwork tells me to stop.”1

1. The artist in conversation with Daniel Hewson (2016) No Man’s Art Gallery, Amsterdam, conversation-with-mongezi-ncaphayi/

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