Contemporary Art

Live Auction, 16 February 2019

Contemporary Auction

Sold for

ZAR 170 700
Lot 40
  • Caryn Scrimgeour; Lost in Translation

Lot Estimate
ZAR 200 000 - 250 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 170 700

About this Item

South African 1970-
Lost in Translation
inscribed with the artist's name and title on an Everard Read Gallery label on the reverse
oil on canvas
147 by 147cm excluding frame


‘Scrimgeour’s subject matter is chosen from commonplace objects that surround her. Delicate chinaware, glassware and insects are combined with common trinkets and knick-knacks and portrayed against a backdrop of richly patterned fabric in a way that is reminiscent of 17th century Dutch still-life painting.

The works are filled with symbolism, and the place settings consequently ‘become representative of major events which have impacted my life over the past ten years, but which are also events that most women will experience in the course of their lives, in one form or another.’

The images are elevated from that of traditional still-life painting by the use of aerial perspective which forces a shift in our viewpoint and the way in which we interpret the objects. At the same time it creates an almost abstract interplay between the objects and the patterns, creating a contemporary context for a very traditional genre.’1

  1. Everard Read. (Undated) Caryn Scrimgeour, [Online] Available: [9 December 2018].

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