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Lot 10

South African 1968-
Untitled (Base II, study)
signed with the artist's initials and dated 07; inscribed with the artist's name, title, medium and dimensions on a Goodman Gallery label adhered to the reverse
oil on tracing paper
42 by 59,5cm

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Lisa Brice studied painting at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. After graduating in 1990 she focused on wall artworks, installations and sculptural pieces, combining steel with found objects and domestic materials, but returned to painting in the early 2000s. ‘Uncertainty is central to painting, and its strength, and that’s very much what attracted me back to the medium,’1 Brice said in 2010.

This work was shown on Lisa Brice’s first solo exhibition in Cape Town since 1999, Base One Two Three, in 2007. Thematically occupied with coming of age and adolescent sexuality, many of the exhibition’s works were based on photographs

of contemporary teenagers at school dances and parties, ‘snapped in the dark in pools of light much like infrared,’2 says Brice. The rushing ebbs and flows of young desire and the ambiguities of intense emotion, introspection and uncertainty are suggested through the urgent handling of her chosen medium.3

Lisa Brice exhibited at Tate Britain, 2018.


  1. Godfried Donkor. (2010) ‘Embracing Uncertainty: Interview with Lisa Brice’, Art South Africa, Volume 9.1, Spring. Page 57.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Goodman Gallery, Artist’s Statement, November 2007

Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, Base One Two Three, 20 October to 10 November 2007.

Estimate: R 80 000 - 120 000 

Sold for R 60 000
Which is R 68 280 incl Buyer's Premium and VAT

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