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Johannes Phokela

(1966 )
PHOKELA Johannes Collar Series, Seven

Strauss Co.
Nov 7, 2016
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Johannes Phokela - Collar Series, Seven

Johannes Phokela - Collar Series, Seven

Original 2006
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Lot number: 266
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Johannes Phokela Collar Series, seven 3 signed and dated '06; 3 inscribed with the artist's name, title, medium and date on a Gallery MOMO label adhered to the reverse 2006 oil on paper each 58 by 40cm

Exhibited:

South African Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Imaginary Fact: Contemporary South African Art and the Archive, 2013

Literature:

Imaginary Fact: Contemporary South African Art and the Archive (2013). Illustrated in colour on pages 129-132.
Johannes Phokela - Harvest

Johannes Phokela - Harvest

Original
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Price: Not disclosed
Lot number: 405
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Johannes Phokela

HARVEST

signed and dated \`\`\`\`05

oil on canvas

Johannesburg, Gallery MOMO, Johannes Phokela Solo Exhibition: Imagine Where You\`\`\`\`ll Be, 2005 Johannesburg, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Translation, 2006

\‘It was highly fashionable throughout the late 80\`\`\`\`s, a period of my study years, to be part of a trend seeking to be seen as the ultimate response to the decline of stylistic art making processes - that of modernist avant-garde. While striving to appear as an artist of contemporary Africa at the time, (rather than that of stereotyped genre of post-colonial Africa), I resorted to collective influences viewed bold enough to be seen dispelling patronizing perceptions centred around art made in non-Western idioms.\’\’ - Johannes Phokela 1 The composition of Lot 405, Harvest, features a skeletal image of a miner encircled within a wreath of flowers. Both written text phrases refer to a combination of sayings in indigenous South African languages, Zulu and Tsonga. The phrases refer to expressions commonly used symbolically, to cast spells upon those who exploit others, for the sake of rapacious gain, thus the harvest of one\’\’s actions. The stitching of canvas in this work and other \‘stitch\’\’ paintings came about partly as a direct influence of Lucio Fontana\`\`\`\`s work, an Italian Avant-Garde artist renowned for defacing process as an art statement in itself, and partly in relation to the backdrop of violence incurred in the South African state of emergency of the 80s. \‘What came across most significant of Fontana\`\`\`\`s stitched slashes, as in his personal experience of the 2nd World War; that being placed side-by-side with my South African view and experience in the 80s; anything wounded can heal, given time. \‘ – Johannes Phokela 2 Harvest was inspired by the uniqueness of the mining industry in South Africa, how it works or consistently worked in the past, particularly on a level of equity and its abiding ethical terms. Like his sculptural pieces, the \‘stitch\’\’ works are very limited within the artist\’\’s body of work. There are less than a dozen of these paintings – two of which appear in the Smithsonian Institute Collection, Washington D.C. and the BHP Billiton Collection, Johannesburg - the remainder of the works are in private collections. Johannes Phokela recently represented South African at the 2013 Venice Biennale and has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the John Moores Painting Prize (through the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool), the BP National Gallery Portrait Award, (London) and the highly prestigious Decibel Artist\’\’s Award (UK). 1 & 2. Johannes Phokela

1

200 by 140cm

appears good

\‘It was highly fashionable throughout the late 80\`\`\`\`s, a period of my study years, to be part of a trend seeking to be seen as the ultimate response to the decline of stylistic art making processes - that of modernist avant-garde. While striving to appear as an artist of contemporary Africa at the time, (rather than that of stereotyped genre of post-colonial Africa), I resorted to collective influences viewed bold enough to be seen dispelling patronizing perceptions centred around art made in non-Western idioms.\’\’ - Johannes Phokela 1 The composition of Lot 405, Harvest, features a skeletal image of a miner encircled within a wreath of flowers. Both written text phrases refer to a combination of sayings in indigenous South African languages, Zulu and Tsonga. The phrases refer to expressions commonly used symbolically, to cast spells upon those who exploit others, for the sake of rapacious gain, thus the harvest of one\’\’s actions. The stitching of canvas in this work and other \‘stitch\’\’ paintings came about partly as a direct influence of Lucio Fontana\`\`\`\`s work, an Italian Avant-Garde artist renowned for defacing process as an art statement in itself, and partly in relation to the backdrop of violence incurred in the South African state of emergency of the 80s. \‘What came across most significant of Fontana\`\`\`\`s stitched slashes, as in his personal experience of the 2nd World War; that being placed side-by-side with my South African view and experience in the 80s; anything wounded can heal, given time. \‘ – Johannes Phokela 2 Harvest was inspired by the uniqueness of the mining industry in South Africa, how it works or consistently worked in the past, particularly on a level of equity and its abiding ethical terms. Like his sculptural pieces, the \‘stitch\’\’ works are very limited within the artist\’\’s body of work. There are less than a dozen of these paintings – two of which appear in the Smithsonian Institute Collection, Washington D.C. and the BHP Billiton Collection, Johannesburg - the remainder of the works are in private collections. Johannes Phokela recently represented South African at the 2013 Venice Biennale and has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the John Moores Painting Prize (through the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool), the BP National Gallery Portrait Award, (London) and the highly prestigious Decibel Artist\’\’s Award (UK). 1 & 2. Johannes Phokela
Johannes Phokela - Size 14

Johannes Phokela - Size 14

Original
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Lot number: 268
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Johannes Phokela (South African b.1966) Size 14 Oil on paper 86 x 65cm Provenance: Simon Mee Fine Art
Johannes Phokela -  Man With Coin

Johannes Phokela - Man With Coin

Original 2015
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Lot number: 126
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Johannes Phokela (SA, born 1966) Oil Sketch, Man with Coin, Signed & Dated 2015, 29 x 24
Johannes Phokela -  Man By A Fire

Johannes Phokela - Man By A Fire

Original 2016
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Net Price
Lot number: 184
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Johannes Phokela (SA, born 1966) Oil Sketch, Man by a Fire, Signed & Dated '16, 29 x 24
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