July ART

Timed Online Auction, 28 June - 8 July 2024

Art Club
About the Session

Art Club is a live event that alternates between our Johannesburg and Cape Town salerooms, every Tuesday of every month coinciding with a monthly online auction. It provides the public with an opportunity to learn from the company’s specialists and forms part of Strauss & Co’s commitment to further education and in-person hospitality.

Senior specialist Ian Hunter will deliver a captivating lecture on the vibrant Eastern Cape landscape and the profound influence of local artists. Following the lecture, join Henrietta Dax, owner of Cape Town’s oldest bookstore Clarke’s Bookshop. Dax will share stories from her collection of ceramics by longtime friend Hylton Nel and their recent trip to Kim Jones’ latest Dior collection in Paris, influenced by Nel’s work whose whimsical charm and cultural depth continue to inspire. Hosted by writer Nkgopoleng Moloi, the evening is a celebration of enduring narratives told through art.

Venue: 2nd Floor, Brickfield Canvas, 35 Brickfield Road, Woodstock, Cape Town


Sold for

ZAR 29 425
Lot 75
  • Bambi; Tata (Yellow)
  • Bambi; Tata (Yellow)
  • Bambi; Tata (Yellow)

Lot Estimate
ZAR 20 000 - 30 000
VAT is charged on both hammer & premium for daggered lots
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 29 425
Cape Town

About this Item

British 1982-
Tata (Yellow)

signed, numbered A/P in pencil and impressed with the Hyde Image chopmark in the margin; accompanied by a Hyde Image Bambi Street Artist certificate of authenticity inscribed with the artist's name, dated 2011, the title and medium

spray paint and stencil
image size: 101 by 65cm; 110 by 75 by 3,5cm including frame


Bambi is the moniker of the anonymous London street artist famous for her gritty stencil and aerosol spray paint work. The name was born from her childhood nickname, ‘Bambino.’ She first began tagging in London, gaining visibility in 2010. Trained at Central Saint Martins, her street work can now be found throughout Central London as well the London Boroughs of Islington and Camden.

Initially hailed by the BBC commentator David Dimbleby as ‘the female Banksy,’1 Bambi has evolved into her own unique brand of artist-provocateur, tackling themes of feminism, street violence, political injustice and popular culture with wit and irony. She often creates stencils of known contemporary figures to offer pointed social and political commentary. She has produced highly visible and public murals incorporating The Royal Family, Amy Winehouse, David Beckham and Ai Wei Wei.2

In the present lot, titled Tata (Yellow), Bambi lends her style to a depiction of an elderly Nelson Mandela wearing his characteristically bright shirt, with his fist raised in salute. This is a unique variation on Bambi’s portrayal of Nelson Mandela and features a quote that encapsulates his unwavering fight against apartheid: ‘ It always seems impossible until it's done’.

1. Online. Available: https://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/6290, accessed 26 September 2023

2. Online. Available: https://streetartistbambi.com/about-bambi-street-artist/, accessed 26 September 2023

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