Cecil Edwin Frans Skotnes (South African, 1926-2009)
Totemic panel painting on incised wood panel with iron base 276 x 24.3 x 11cm (108 11/16 x 9 9/16 x 4 5/16in). (not including base)
Inspired by Aboriginal and North American Indian culture, Skotnes's tall, slender panel works draw reference to totem poles. The totem works are usually carved on single planks of wood, worked on both sides and free-standing, allowing the work to be viewed from all sides. The resemblance to North American totem poles in these works similarly extends to the painted images and composition: in Totemic panel, vividly coloured, abstract figures are arranged vertically down the panel as if stacked on top of each other.
A comparable work entitled Totem Pole is illustrated in Harmsen, 1996 (p.29).