The Oliver Powell and Timely Investments Trust Collection

Live Virtual Auction, 20 September 2022

The Oliver Powell and Timely Investments Trust Collection
About the Session

Strauss & Co is pleased to present this extraordinary collection as the featured session this September Live Virtual Auction. An established insolvency practitioner with a passion for the arts, Oliver Powell's principal focus has been collecting South African painting, sculpture and works on paper made since 1950. Colour, graphic ingenuity and emotional weight are all attributes in an artwork that Powell is drawn to. Powell also emphasises the importance of his many encounters with artists. “There is so much value in meeting an artist,” says Powell. “Aspects and details of their life are reflected in what and how they paint.”


Sold for

ZAR 156 800
Lot 99
  • Kate Gottgens; Mystery Couple
  • Kate Gottgens; Mystery Couple
  • Kate Gottgens; Mystery Couple


Lot Estimate
ZAR 40 000 - 60 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 156 800

About this Item

South Africa 1965-
Mystery Couple
2013

signed on the reverse; inscribed with the artist's name, title, date, and medium on a SMAC Gallery label adhered to the reverse

oil on canvas
77 by 80cm excluding frame; 81 by 83,5 by 5,5cm including frame

Notes

"It is dizzying; the intimacies that can transpire between strangers. At times it feels necessary to establish some distance — focus on the mechanics of reproduction. Her gaze becomes forensic. She studies the photograph, looking for its imperfections, its technical failures. As a painter, it excites her to find the fault lines — the places in the photograph where the image has broken down, becoming something other than technically sound mimesis. It becomes important somehow to reproduce the glitch — maximise the instance of interference that has visually disrupted transmission of the moment across time. Her starting point is the record rather than the moment. She flattens out the background oranges and the black tones of the man's suit so that they become a flat pattern — evidence of fallout from the dimensionality of the real."1

1Marelize van Zyl (ed)(2015) Kate Gottgens//Paintings 2007-2015, Stellenbosch: SMAC Gallery, page 163.

Provenance

SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, 2013.

The Oliver Powell and Timely Investments Trust Collection.

Literature

Marelize van Zyl (ed)(2015) Kate Gottgens//Paintings 2007-2015, Stellenbosch: SMAC Gallery, illustrated in colour on page 163.

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