'Self in Hot Spot' signed (lower left); inscribed with title (to frame verso) mixed media 72.5 x 90.5cm (28 9/16 x 35 5/8in).
PROVENANCE: Acquired directly from the artist by the current owner in 1999
Stanley Pinker's obvious and not so obvious metaphorical imagery and the appreciation of his serious intent which is coloured by his ironic artistic play, have distilled for his audience the dilemmas, absurdities and ironies of the South African condition. Pinker's astute modernist eye was demonstrated in his paintings of the 1930's and 40s, where he reduced the South African subject to elemental essentials and recontextualised his objects and subjects with a great economy of means. Self in Hot Spot is a prime example of the Pinkeresque pictorial noise and clutter, framing an almost Dadaist circus which were characteristic of his later works. The combination of the dense canvas cramped with figures and objects, the vivid colours juxtaposed against the harsh black and the incorporation of the frame into the artwork accentuates the notion of the diffusion of boundaries in Pinker's theatrical 'play' of the angst ridden South African landscape.
BIBLIOGRAPHY M. Stevenson, Stanley Pinker, (Cape Town, 2004), p.14