Live Virtual Auction, 22 September 2021

Sold for

ZAR 3 518
Lot 20
  • Joni Brenner; Petrie
  • Joni Brenner; Petrie
  • Joni Brenner; Petrie
  • Joni Brenner; Petrie
  • Joni Brenner; Petrie

Lot Estimate
ZAR 4 000 - 6 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
ZAR 3 518

About this Item

Zimbabwean/South African 1969-
signed with the artist's initials, numbered 3/8, inscribed with the title in pencil and embossed with The Artists' Press chopmark in the margin
31 by 38cm excluding frame; 36 by 42,5 by 2cm including frame


"Petrie is a one-run lithograph hand-printed directly from the stone, and is titled Petrie because of the loose association with petrification—organic matter exposed to minerals over a long period turns into a stony substance—and for the archaeologist, Sir Flinders Petrie, preserver of artefacts, notably the ancient Egyptian mummies and their portraits. The slightly startled expression of this skull prompted this title, and the attendant references." –Joni Brenner

Joni Brenner is a visual artist based in Johannesburg. She has a BA(FA) and an MA(FA) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. She has been practicing professionally as an artist since 1996 and has held solo exhibitions in Johannesburg and London. Her practice and much of her teaching are centered on portraiture and its attendant issues of morality, transience, and the fragmentary nature of knowing. Brenner is the curriculum developer and tutorial coordinator at the Wits School of Arts, Interdisciplinary Arts and Culture Studies department. She has taught at the University of the Witwatersrand since 1999. She is an honorary member of the Marigold beadwork co-operative in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and a contributing designer to the silversmith workshop, One-Eleven Plumtree, also in Bulawayo.


Donated by the artist. 

Framing courtesy of Maxwoods Framers and Gilders.

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