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Coming Soon: Aspire Art Auctions Inaugural Cape Auction 2017

With the festive season in sight, as temperatures rise and Cape Town swells with local and international visitors, anticipation is building for Aspire Art Auctions’ inaugural Cape Auction to be held on the 27 March 2017.

Whether offered by a lifelong collector or the recipient of a family heirloom, each day sees quality historic, modern, and contemporary artworks consigned from across South Africa and around the globe. The deadline has been set for late January 2017 to ensure the thorough research, cataloguing, and necessary conservation of every artwork. Whilst each artwork is carefully selected, and the Cape auction preview is expertly curated, it is serendipitous that a number of the upcoming artworks suggest the positive spirit of the season.

Situated at the heart of the V & A Waterfront, the venue not only offers ample space for Aspire’s innovative display but, upon entering, an unexpected view into the expansive blues of the Aquarium.

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Robert Hodgins, Sunset Jocks, 1988. Oil on canvas. 152 x 89 cm. Image courtesy of Nina Lieska, Repro Pictures.

Following on from the successes of their inaugural Johannesburg auction, the Cape auction will feature a number of significant artworks by JH Pierneef (1886-1957). Vrystaat Reën, painted in 1943, depicts a shower of welcome rain over a parched and sprawling landscape. The layers of voluminous clouds are highlighted further by a touch of sunlight and blue sky.

A View across Fisherman’s Cove is a rare example of Pierneef’s international travel. On a trip away from the bushveld, Pierneef, an avid traveler, applied his distinctive style to his tropical surroundings of the Seychelles. The painting provides a breathtaking view through a cluster of palm trees, across a calm bay dotted with fishing boats, looking towards mountains in the distance. This gem of a painting is accompanied by fascinating photographs of Pierneef on the shores of that very same bay, enjoying the spoils of a successful fishing trip.

A break away from the studio into the magnificent outdoors is seen much closer to home in Pieter Wenning’s (1873-1921) At Riverside Road, Newlands. Painted in 1921, directly from nature ‘in the open air’, the rich tones of the lush, indigenous Newlands vegetation are flecked with the soft highlights of changing light.

The market’s significant enthusiasm for contemporary art will be met by an exciting range of artworks in a variety of media. Robert Hodgins’ (1910-2010) Sunset Jocks provides both a celebration and playful spoof of summer in the city of Cape Town. With a mix of road signs and symbols at their feet, the bulging physiques of the anonymous ‘jocks’ are silhouetted against bold colours and a city seen far in the distance.

Building on the record-breaking sales achieved for photography in Aspire’s inaugural auction, the Cape auction will include a Mikhael Subotzky (b. 1981) panorama of Pollsmoor prison, from the project that first brought serious art world attention to this international award-winning photographer.

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Pieter Wenning, At Riverside Road, Newlands. Oil on board. 21.5 x 29 cm. Image courtesy of Nina Lieska, Repro Pictures.

Given the scope of current consignments, and a commitment to showcasing leading artists and top quality artworks, there is much to look forward to in 2017 with Aspire Art Auctions.

For gratis and obligation free valuations and to consign works of art to the Cape Town auction, please contact:

Cape Town

Emma Bedford | | +27 83 391 7235

Josephine Higgins | | +27 82 806 1030


Jacqui Carney | | +27 71 675 2991

Mary-Jane Darroll | | +27 82 567 1925

Ruarc Peffers | | +27 84 444 8004


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