Emerging Painting Invitational

Online-Only Auction, 14 - 21 February 2022

Emerging Painting Invitational Prize
About the Session

The Emerging Painting Invitational Prize (EPI) is an international art platform developed by the African Art Galleries Association (AAGA) to support and recognise excellence of emerging painters living and working on the continent and to create new opportunities for engagement with art and art centres in Africa for local and international collectors, art professionals and general audiences.

The artworks on this auction are in various locations in Africa. Delivery can be arranged with AAGA after checkout, and please note that delivery costs and any additional import or other taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.


Sold for

ZAR 21 105
Lot 38
  • Ravelle Pillay; The Birthday Party I


Lot Estimate
ZAR 18 000 - 20 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 21 105

About this Item

South African 1993-
The Birthday Party I
2021
oil on canvas
60 by 60cm

Notes

The artworks on this auction are in various locations in Africa. Delivery can be arranged with AAGA after checkout, and please note that delivery costs and any additional import or other taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.

Ravelle Pillay is a Johannesburg based artist working primarily with painting and drawing. She was born in Durban, South Africa and moved with her family to Lenasia in the south of Johannesburg soon after. They relocated to the holiday resort Sun City, in the North West Province when she was eight. She holds a degree in Fine Art from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Pillay's work is informed by ideas of family, migration and nostalgia, as well as personal and collective memory. Working primarily in painting and drawing, her practice has evolved from a process of archiving. She often draws from personal, family, found, and borrowed photographs.

Pillay is concerned with the material degradation of memory objects over time, especially photographs, as a way to consider the unreliability of memory and witnessing, questioning the act of remembrance. Her practice is concerned not only with the archival but with the material possibilities of painting. She often uses chemically incompatible mediums, allowing them to interact in accordance with their natures on the surface of the canvas.

Her work has featured in exhibitions in Johannesburg and Cape Town, most recently in the group exhibition Silence Calling from One Continent to Another at the Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg. Pillay’s work was featured in the 2021 FNB Art Joburg week and her work will be shown at the 2022 Investec Cape Town Art Fair.

Provenance

This lot is the work of one of the 16 finalists of the Emerging Painting Invitational Prize (EPI) 2022. This is an international art platform developed by the African Art Galleries Association (AAGA) to support and recognise the excellence of emerging painters living and working on the continent.

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