Art for the Arch Auction for the Tutu Legacy Fund

Live Virtual Auction, 22 September 2021

Day Sale

Sold for

ZAR 21 105
Lot 5
  • Willie Bester; District Six
  • Willie Bester; District Six
  • Willie Bester; District Six
  • Willie Bester; District Six
  • Willie Bester; District Six

Lot Estimate
ZAR 18 000 - 24 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 21 105

About this Item

South African 1956-
District Six

signed and dated 90

oil on canvas
54,5 by 93,5cm excluding frame; 63 by 103 by 8cm including frame


Willie Bester is a South African painter, sculptor, and collage artist. In 1986 he attended the Community Arts Project (CAP) in District Six which quickly equipped him with the social network to become an active player in the anti-apartheid movement. He is best known for his role in the protesting of the apartheid system through his mixed media and found object works produced in the 1980s and 1990s. "I am sometimes tempted to go to the seaside and to paint beautiful things from nature but I do not do it because my art has to be taken as a nasty tasting medicine for awakening conscience." Bester has had many solo, group, and biennale exhibitions throughout his illustrious career, and is visible in all major collections in South Africa as well as abroad. He currently lives in Kuilsrivier, South Africa with his wife, Evelyn, and their three children.


Donated by Omar Valley.

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