Contemporary Art

Live Auction, 16 February 2019

Contemporary Auction

Sold for

ZAR 125 180
Lot 54
  • Jake Aikman; Refuge

Lot Estimate
ZAR 90 000 - 120 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 125 180

About this Item

South African 1978-
signed, dated 2018 and inscribed with the title on the reverse and on an Everard Read Gallery label adhered to the reverse
oil on board
169 by 122cm excluding frame


Jake Aikman is well known for his many portrayals of the sea and its coastal thresholds. This lot, which depicts Knysna, is a continuation of a style that Aikman introduced in his 2013 exhibition At the Quiet Limit. The exhibition included gossamer paintings of coastal landscapes and inlets inspired by his recent trips to Costa Rica and El Salvador, as well as billowing clouds from Concepción, a volcano in Nicaragua. Tonally restrained, his colour palette limited to blues, greens and greys, the seascape works yielded very little by way of detail. A phlegmatic painter rather than ecstatic recorder of experience, Aikman aims to solicit strong psychological responses from his viewers. A keen surfer, Aikman is well aware of the sea’s atavistic qualities. ‘You can’t tame the sea. You don’t ever feel secure in it.’1 Aikman’s paintings aim to convey this vulnerability in the face of the sea’s enduring mystery.

Sean O’Toole

  1. Mary Corrigall. (2017) ‘Painter swops the sea for land,’ Pretoria News, Tonight Section, 15 February.

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