Contemporary Art

Live Auction, 16 February 2019

Contemporary Auction

Sold for

ZAR 56 900
Lot 85
  • Robyn Penn; Thirty Degrees

Lot Estimate
ZAR 50 000 - 70 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 56 900

About this Item

South African 1973-
Thirty Degrees
signed with the artist's initials on the reverse
oil on canvas
120 by 180cm excluding frame


‘Newly married, living with my daughter and husband in an apartment in Killarney I spent nearly a full nine months on a mattress on the floor ravaged by nausea, my belly swelling, while my bedroom swayed beneath me. The baby was thriving. Unable to lift my head off the pillow on the bad days I lay there, feeling utterly wretched, hours spent gazing out the window. From my low vantage point the sky filled the pane with only a sliver of the neighbouring rooftop visible. This ambiguity, openness, and indeterminacy of land and sky caused the here and now to slip away, dissolve to some extent. It is that place where the sky meets the land (and the city) that captivates me and transcends the immediate, the personal, and represents something universal. The poignant and iconic architectural structures which mark the Johannesburg cityscape, loom in my memory and fill my canvases as vague remembered forms from the sublime vantage point of my childhood home. They are distant in time, yet present. They survive as ‘heterotopias of time’ such as museums which enclose in one place objects from all times and styles. They are in time but also exist outside of time because they are built and preserved to be physically insusceptible to time’s ravages.’1

  1. Robyn Penn. (2009) A Brutal Year [Online] Available: exhibitionsbs/penn/index.htm [7 December 2018].


Brodie/Stevenson, Johannesburg, Robyn Penn: A Brutal Year, 15 January to 14 February 2009.

View all Robyn Penn lots for sale in this auction

Other lots that might interest you
Caryn Scrimgeour; Lost in Translation
Caryn Scrimgeour
Lost in Translation
ZAR 200 000 - 250 000
Zander Blom; Untitled 1.627
Zander Blom
Untitled 1.627
ZAR 220 000 - 260 000
Marlene Dumas; Naked Man
Marlene Dumas
Naked Man
ZAR 1 500 000 - 2 000 000
Karel Nel; Shuttered Darkness
Karel Nel
Shuttered Darkness
ZAR 200 000 - 300 000
Robert Hodgins; God is Love
Robert Hodgins
God is Love
ZAR 450 000 - 600 000
Georgina Gratrix; Ed with Bubbles
Georgina Gratrix
Ed with Bubbles
ZAR 60 000 - 80 000