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Live Virtual Auction, 8 - 11 November 2020

South African Ceramics, Selected Prints and Multiples
  • Wonderboy Nxumalo; Basa Umlilo Ngaphandle Kuka Matches (Making a Fire Without Matches)
  • Wonderboy Nxumalo; Basa Umlilo Ngaphandle Kuka Matches (Making a Fire Without Matches)
  • Wonderboy Nxumalo; Basa Umlilo Ngaphandle Kuka Matches (Making a Fire Without Matches)
  • Wonderboy Nxumalo; Basa Umlilo Ngaphandle Kuka Matches (Making a Fire Without Matches)
  • Wonderboy Nxumalo; Basa Umlilo Ngaphandle Kuka Matches (Making a Fire Without Matches)
  • Wonderboy Nxumalo; Basa Umlilo Ngaphandle Kuka Matches (Making a Fire Without Matches)
  • Wonderboy Nxumalo; Basa Umlilo Ngaphandle Kuka Matches (Making a Fire Without Matches)


Lot Estimate
ZAR 4 000 - 6 000

About this Item

South African 1975-2008
Basa Umlilo Ngaphandle Kuka Matches (Making a Fire Without Matches)

signed, dated 1995, numbered 19/45, inscribed with the title in pencil and embossed with the Caversham Press chopmark in the margin; printed with the title in English in the plate

colour screenprint
sheet size: 64 by 76,5cm; 70 by 82,5 by 3,5cm including frame

Notes

This work depicts a troop of baboons at sunrise near the 'Sounding River'. The leader magically points fire at a bucket of maize and cooks a meal for his fellows. One of the baboons overindulges and develops a stomach ache.

In the Spirit of our Stories project, 1995, a group of rural artists from the Ardmore Ceramic Studio at Winterton worked in a medium that was new to most of them at the time, printmaking, at the Caversham Press. The artists’ skill in working in a narrative tradition lent itself to the translation of images from 3-dimensional ceramic forms into 2-dimensional prints.
The images the artists produced include interpretations of dreams, references to folklore and bible stories, and observations from the world around them.

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