Contemporary Art

Live Auction, 16 February 2019

Contemporary Auction
  • David Koloane; Street Doves II

Lot Estimate
ZAR 35 000 - 50 000

About this Item

South African 1938-2019
Street Doves II
signed and dated 10
mixed media on paper
63,5 by 92,5cm excluding frame


“His success in conveying a sense of this unpredictable energy owes much to his expressionistic style. In his work aggressive lines wrestle against a muddy palette, and figures and forms become almost allegorical through their crudely stylised treatment.''1

Koloane began his art career at the Polly Street Art Centre and the Johannesburg Art Foundation. In addition to his status as an artist he is also celebrated for his considerable contribution toward the promotion of black artists through Fuba and the Thupelo Art Project.

Koloane captures the vibrancy of township life through highly energised drawings executed in an expressionistic style. The mixed media base is overlayed with the artist’s distinctive line work recording a township through gritty social realism. In this work the artist situates the work on the East Rand with the help of a series of cooling towers.

The subdued palette is vitalised by a procession of taxis alongside the flickering motif of a passing flock of doves.


1. Sue Williamson. (2009) 'David Koloane', in South African Art Now, New York: Harper Collins. Page 242.


Donated by the artist.

Courtesy of Goodman Gallery.

The proceeds from the sale of this lot will benefit the Greatmore Studios Trust.


Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, Twenty Ten Other Things, 29 April to May 2010.

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