Live Auction, 7 October 2019

Sold for

R 56 900
Lot 529
Christo Coetzee; Ken Campbell

Lot Estimate
R 35 000 - 50 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 56 900

About this Item

South African 1929-2000
Ken Campbell
signed, dated ’83, numbered 23, inscribed 'Tulbagh Cape SA' and 'Ken Campbell in Jerusalem producing "Illuminatus[!]" at the Khan [Theatre]"'
mixed media and collage
68 by 51cm excluding frame


During the 1980s and 1990s, Christo Coetzee produced a number of mixed media works on paper, of which the depiction of a head became a recurrent theme. The inscription on the present lot reads “Ken Campbell in Jerusalem producing ‘Illuminatus’ at the Khan”. In 1967, the Khan Theatre opened as a repertory theatre and has since become central to Jerusalem’s arts and culture scene. Campbell was an English writer, actor, director, and comedian who co-founded the Science Fiction Theatre of Liverpool in 1976. The theatre was formed to stage an experimental adaptation of Illuminatus!, a nine-hour cycle of five plays based on the science fiction fantasy novel trilogy of the same name. Campbell went on to direct many more experimental theatre productions – e.g. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – and has been described as being “…the door through which many hundreds of kindred souls entered a madder, braver, brighter, funnier and more complex universe.”1


  1. Gemma Bodinetz (2008) "Ken Campbell: A Tribute", [Online], Available: [2019, August 14]


Deon Viljoen.

Private Collection.

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