Cecil Edwin Frans Skotnes (South African, 1926-2009) Ravine Wall in artist's metal-plated frame.

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Lot 40
Cecil Edwin Frans Skotnes
(South African, 1926-2009)
Ravine Wall in artist's metal-plated frame.

£ 10,000 - 15,000
US$ 13,000 - 20,000
Cecil Edwin Frans Skotnes (South African, 1926-2009)
Ravine Wall
signed and dated 'C.SKOTNES/ 97' (lower left); inscribed 'Ravine Wall' (verso)
oil on panel
130 x 125cm (51 3/16 x 49 3/16in).
in artist's metal-plated frame.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    The Atlantic Art Gallery, Cape Town.
    A private collection.


    "My entire art grew out of the landscape. I tried to create a unique South African formal language by analyzing the landscape - inspired by the forms which the indigenous art had already identified, and also against the background of Pierneef." (Cecil Skotnes)

    Ravine Wall, with its rich, earthy colours, was inspired by the rocky shelters of the Brandberg mountain. The ravine is home to more than 45,000 rock paintings. The stylised human figures that can be discerned in Skotnes' work are a homage to these ancient paintings and their creators, who resided there before the invasion of European colonialists.

    The sinuous abstract forms inspired by the ravine's rocky contours are intended to evoke a state a mind, the 'essence' rather than the specifics of the region.
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