Live Auction, 23 May 2016

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ZAR 68 208
Lot 337
  • Cameron Platter; The Attack of the Zebra from Outta Space (The Second Coming...)

Lot Estimate
ZAR 60 000 - 90 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
ZAR 68 208

About this Item

South African 1978-
The Attack of the Zebra from Outta Space (The Second Coming...)
executed in 2005
pencil crayon on paper
128 by 188cm excluding frame


Although trained as a painter, Cameron Platter chiefly works with drawing, sculpture and film. His output is marked by its vivid colour palette, surreal humour and recombinant visual style, which sutures together quotations from outdoor advertising, tabloid newspapers, TV culture and art history, notably artist John Muafangejo. His work explores themes of power, faith, security, sex and consumption. Platter’s large-scale drawings, each painstakingly produced with Faber-Castell pencils, have been a mainstay of his practice since his debut solo exhibition at the Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town, in 2005. Lot 337 was included on this exhibition. The self-conscious simplicity of this work – both in style and subject – is consistent with Platter’s earlier drawings. These works were followed by a series of text-based drawings exploring the signage attached to prophesy, healing and sexual commerce.

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