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Cecil Skotnes

(1926 -  2009 ) Wikipedia® : Cecil Skotnes
SKOTNES Cecil Man's Gold

Strauss Co. /Nov 9, 2015
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Cecil Skotnes - In Memoriam Charles Eglington

Cecil Skotnes - In Memoriam Charles Eglington

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Description: Cecil Skotnes In Memoriam Charles Eglington A portfolio of ten original woodcuts by Cecil Skotnes and ten poems by Charles Eglington, 1975, edition limited to 75 copies and 15 artist's proofs, this set numbered 68/75, each woodcut signed, dated 75 and numbered by the artist, the title page is signed and numbered by the artist, in original linen portfolio colour woodcuts image size: 50 by 37cm, each; portfolio size: 64,5 by 51,5cm
Cecil Skotnes -  Ravine Wall In Artist's Metal-plated Frame.

Cecil Skotnes - Ravine Wall In Artist's Metal-plated Frame.

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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.
Cecil Skotnes - Two Figures

Cecil Skotnes - Two Figures

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Cecil Edwin Frans Skotnes (South African, 1926-2009)
Two figures
signed 'CSKOTNES' (lower centre)
oil on incised panel
80 x 60cm (31 1/2 x 23 5/8in).
within artist's brass frame
Provenance
Purchased from Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, circa 1984.
When Egon Guenther opened his gallery in 1957 in Johannesburg, Skotnes was one of the original artists represented, along with contemporaries such as Edoardo Villa and Sydney Kumalo. The group earned the nickname 'Amadlozi' meaning 'the spirit of the ancestors' in Zulu. In 1972-3, Skotnes found fame with his works on the
Shaka
epic, based on E.A. Ritter's book
Shaka Zulu
(1955). A brief period of soul-searching then led him to settle in Cape Town in 1978.
It was during this later period that he returned to his monumental 'head' panels. In Skotnes's wide ranging iconography, the head often becomes the main focus of the ancient heroic character he invents. In earlier murals, such as
Shaka
Cecil Skotnes - Man's Gold

Cecil Skotnes - Man's Gold

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Cecil Edwin Frans Skotnes,

Man's Gold,

A portfolio

of twenty eight woodcuts by Cecil Skotnes, 6 poems and text by Stephen Gray, based on ideas by Denis Godfrey. These woodcuts were printed from original blocks in 2 to 5 colours on Zerkall Buetten paper by Egon Guenther, each copy is hand bound in Oasis goat skin by Peter Carstens, Johannesburg, August 1975 to January 1979, edition limited to 75 copies and 15 artist proofs, this numbered Artist Proof XII/XV, each woodcut signed and numbered Artist Proof XII/XV in pencil in the margin, the title page signed by both the artist and poet, colour woodcuts, sheet size: 38,5 by 53,5cm each; portfolio size: 41 by 56,5 by 5cm
Cecil Skotnes - Reclining Nude

Cecil Skotnes - Reclining Nude

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Cecil Edwin Frans Skotnes (South African, 1926-2009)

Reclining nude

signed 'C.SKOTNES' (lower right)

painted incised panel

76 x 91.5cm (29 15/16 x 36in).

Footnotes

In 1954 Cecil Skotnes was introduced to Egon Guenther, a goldsmith and former gallery director in Germany. This meeting was of great importance in developing Skotnes's aesthetic. Guenther exposed the young artist to the work of the German Expressionists, but also to traditional African art:

"At Guenther's...I became acquainted with German Expressionism and the great similarities between it and tribal art." (Skotnes speaking to Dale Lautenbach,

Cape Argus

, 24 April 1984)

Greater awareness of traditional African masks and artefacts encouraged Skotnes to take up a more linear and abstract style. He believed that by incorporating these forms, his art would be more authentically African, more expressive of his surrounding environment:

"I discovered a visual idiom in the indigenous art of Africa, the masks and woodcarving of the tribesmen, which was for me a direct expression of the African environment."

He first exhibited at Guenther's gallery in 1957 as part of the 'Amadlozi' group (a Zulu word meaning 'spirit of the ancestors'). The boldly cut, abstract figures of Skotnes's panels call to mind ancestral heroes and archetypes. Despite his desire to create an African idiom, these figures are a synthesis of many cultural traditions, from Aboriginal to the Antique. Their timeless quality reflects Skotnes's belief in the 'underlying spirituality in all mankind'. As Riena van Graan states:

"Man created by this artist is more than a fetish...and does not 'belong' to any particular race or culture...it could even be seen as a symbol for the first man on earth."

Bibliography

Frieda Harmsen (ed.),

Cecil Skotnes

, (Cape Town, 1996), pp.14-25.
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