Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa

Live Virtual Auction, 28 February 2023

Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa
About the Session

Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa is a dynamic collaborative project conceived by Strauss & Co to address the need for diversified representation of artists from across the African continent in the secondary market. Curated by Strauss & Co Heads of Sale, Kirsty Colledge and Kate Fellens, with input by seven international art experts with embedded knowledge of Africa; Serge Tiroche, Valerie Kabov, Heba Elkayal, Danda Jaroljmek, Anne Kariuki, Dana Endundo Ferreira, Kimberley Cunningham. Curatorial Voices presents collectors with a broad selection of work by leading contemporary artists alongside select pieces by important historical artists.

Sold for

ZAR 64 488
Lot 8
  • Colbert Mashile; Abstract Landscape
  • Colbert Mashile; Abstract Landscape

Lot Estimate
ZAR 60 000 - 80 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 64 488

About this Item

South African 1972-
Abstract Landscape

signed and dated 19

oil on canvas
101,5 by 76 by 3,5cm, unframed


Colbert Mashile has risen to prominence both nationally and internationally as a young South African artist who comments on cultural customs, traditions, and rituals. Born in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, an area steeped in cultural norms and customs, Mashile had to undergo circumcision rites as a youngster. The emotional trauma he experienced and resulting questions about the psychological impact of initiation rituals influence his art-making.

Mashile began his training at the Johannesburg Art Foundation. He then attended the University of Witwatersrand between 1996 and 2000, where he graduated with a BA in Fine Art. He received two awards for outstanding performance whilst studying for his undergraduate degree, and completed a Master of Arts in Heritage Studies in 2002. On completion of his fine arts degree, Mashile spent time working at the David Krut Print Workshop, which enabled him to experiment with printmaking and gain extensive experience from well-established printmakers.

Mashile has continued to develop his own distinctive style. His production is characterised by social and political commentary through various types of prints from monochromatic linocuts to brightly coloured monotypes and paintings using acrylics and charcoal. Mashile reflects on the mythology and folklore of his childhood by executing finely drafted images where he combines recurring animal characters and human figures. Many of the titles of Mashile’s works are in seSotho and describe the imagery present in his works.

Mashile has won numerous awards, including the ABSA Atelier Merit Prize in 2000. He has participated in a number of artist residencies and has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions throughout South Africa, Europe, and the United States of America. His work is represented in numerous private and most public collections in South Africa.

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