Contemporary Art

Live Auction, 16 February 2019

Contemporary Auction

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ZAR 108 110
Lot 36
  • Pierre Vermeulen; 143 | 51 Hair Orchid Print

Lot Estimate
ZAR 40 000 - 60 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 108 110

About this Item

South African 1992-
143 | 51 Hair Orchid Print
signed and dated 2017 on the reverse
gold leaf imitate on aluminium and sweat
150 by 180cm excluding frame


‘Pierre Vermeulen’s practice is primarily based around the principles of balance and introspection. His use of non-traditional mediums like gold leaf, human hair and body fluids offer viewers a glimpse of his deep regard for what he terms ‘a cycle of growth and loss – and through this revolution – the acceptance of what is imperfect’.’1

‘In Vermeulen’s Sweat Print series, he manipulates the oxidisable surface of gold leaf to create impressions of his own body, using sweat, curled on the canvas in vulnerable positions. The reflective lustre of the surface, interspersed with the tenuous corrosion of limbs, confronts the dichotomy between both the presence and the absence of the artist, and thus by association the viewer’s too. What Vermeulen’s work allegorically illustrates is the boundary between a grid of acceptable and unacceptable values. Seen as an axiological issue, the meaning of the image is not the image itself but the relationship that the viewer establishes with it.’2

  1. SMAC Gallery, [Online] Available:[5 December 2018].
  2. Ibid.

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