Modern and Contemporary Art

Timed Online Auction, 1 - 12 February 2024

Impression/Expression

Sold for

ZAR 17 588
Lot 237
  • Johannes Phokela; Portrait of a Miner
  • Johannes Phokela; Portrait of a Miner
  • Johannes Phokela; Portrait of a Miner
  • Johannes Phokela; Portrait of a Miner


Lot Estimate
ZAR 15 000 - 20 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 17 588

About this Item

South African 1966-
Portrait of a Miner
oil on board
61 by 60,5cm excluding frame; 66 by 65,5 by 4,5cm including frame

Notes


“Worker with smuggled diamonds. From 1885 black workers at Kimberley were isolated in closed compounds, and after having served their contracts were kept in confinement, naked and with their hands encased in leather mittens, until they had excreted any diamonds they might have swallowed.” ( Stevenson 2002:11)

During his artist’s residency at Luvey ‘n Rose in 2013, Johannes Phokela encountered a copy of Stevenson’s book and a photograph of a miner which was used as a reference image for the present lot.

Stevenson, M. (2002) Art & Aspirations: The Randlords of South Africa and Their Collections. Vlaeberg: Fernwood Press: 10-11.

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