Contemporary Art

Live Virtual Auction, 15 February 2020

Contemporary Art
  • Deborah Bell; Chariot


Lot Estimate
ZAR 800 000 - 1 200 000

About this Item

South African 1957-
Chariot
2008

signed and numbered 3/5

bronze
height: 211cm

Notes

“In both my painting and sculpture, I work between will and surrender, creation and destruction. I dream of the Zen mark, the single gesture of absolute presence that stands for the whole, but I never get it in one. My initial uninhabited mark may tempt me for a while, but it does not sustain. When I first started working with plaster, I was seduced by how it formed when throwing it and allowing it to drip. It was alive. I understood Giacometti, and was tempted to leave the work at that stage, yet something didn’t allow me to do that – it felt like imitation. So I started attacking the plaster with an angle grinder. Careful carving seemed too safe. I needed the impression of pushing against an unwieldy surface, of not being in control … The dance of finding beautiful form, but then allowing the gestural mark of accident to bring back a vitality, an imperfection.”1

 

1. The artist in conversation with Mark Read (2015) cited in Deborah Bell: Dreams of Immortality; Blood and Gold, London: Circa|Everard-Read. Page 35.

 

Exhibited

Nirox Foundation, Johannesburg, Sources: Contemporary Sculpture in the Landscape, 25 March to 5 June 2009. Illustrated on page 8 of the exhibition catalogue.

Another example from the edition is in the Delaire Graaff Collection.

View all Deborah Bell lots for sale in this auction



Other lots that might interest you
Walter Oltmann; Pincushions in a Vase
Walter Oltmann
Pincushions in a Vase
ZAR 80 000 - 120 000
Yayoi Kusama; Red and Yellow Pumpkin, two
Yayoi Kusama
Red and Yellow Pumpkin, two
ZAR 30 000 - 50 000
Jane Alexander; something's going down, 1993-94
Jane Alexander
something's going down, 1993-94
ZAR 800 000 - 1 000 000
Beezy Bailey; 1000 Year Dance Cure II
Beezy Bailey
1000 Year Dance Cure II
ZAR 350 000 - 500 000
Diane Victor and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren; Scapegoat
Diane Victor and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren
Scapegoat
ZAR 150 000 - 200 000
Willem Boshoff; Parallel Rulers
Willem Boshoff
Parallel Rulers
ZAR 150 000 - 200 000