Contemporary Art

Live Auction, 16 February 2019

Contemporary Auction

Sold for

ZAR 45 520
Lot 12
  • Banele Khoza; Esselen Street

Lot Estimate
ZAR 15 000 - 20 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 45 520

About this Item

Swazi/South African 1994-
Esselen Street
signed and dated 2016
acrylic on canvas
61 by 91,5cm excluding frame


Swaziland-born Banele Khoza studied fine art at the Tshwane University of Technology. His debut solo exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum, Temporary Feelings, was an emotion-laden showcase of fourteen paintings and works on paper. His liquid portraits evoked the abstracted figuration of Robert Hodgins, although Khoza credited Marlene Dumas’s 2006 expressionist portrait of Moshekwa Langa with inspiring him to be a painter. This lot forms part of a loose series of works depicting crowded human landscapes. They include La Cantina (2016), featured on his debut solo exhibition and referencing a popular gay nightspot in Pretoria, and Sunnyside (2016), which appeared on the group show Arcadia at Smith Studio, Cape Town, in 2016 and invoked a bohemian neighbourhood in Pretoria. Striking throughout these works is Khoza’s watercolour-like handling of acrylic. Khoza’s gay identity is central to his practice. He frankly titled his 2017 solo exhibition at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa LGBTQI+ Banele Khoza.

Sean O’Toole

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