Contemporary Art

Live Auction, 16 February 2019

Contemporary Auction

Sold for

ZAR 45 520
Lot 104
  • Ian Grose; Boris on a Snowy Path Without Boris

Lot Estimate
ZAR 40 000 - 60 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 45 520

About this Item

South African 1985-
Boris on a Snowy Path Without Boris
signed, dated 2010 and inscribed with the title on the reverse
oil on canvas
120 by 90cm excluding frame


In 2010 Ian Grose presented his post-graduate diploma exhibition at the Michaelis School of Fine Art. The centrepiece of his show was the triptych, Colour, Separation (2010), immanent studies of the artist’s unmade bed. Painted in a gossamer impressionist style, the works heralded the arrival of a striking new painting talent. Grose clinched the Tollman Award for Visual Arts and the Absa L’Atelier Art Award, both in 2011. This work appeared on Grose’s first solo exhibition, Other Things, held in Cape Town in 2011. The exhibition included a gauzy version of Édouard Manet’s Olympia (1863), a copy of a 2010 mug shot of actress Lindsay Lohan, and this translation of a holiday snap without the figure that appeared in the original photograph. Grose’s work is preoccupied with the ‘loss of detail or meaning’ that occurs when a reference image is translated into a painting. ‘Painting, having died and stuck around, is also a ghost’, remarked the artist.1

Sean O’Toole

  1. Ian Grose. (2011) Other Things, Blank Projects, [Online] Available: http://www.blankprojects. com/exhibitions/other-things/ [8 December 2018].


Purchased from the artist by the current owner.


Blank Projects, Cape Town, Other Things, 11 May to 11 June 2011.

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