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A Meeting of Minds: Louis Maqhubela and Douglas Portway

Strauss & Co is proud to present the third in a series of museum-quality exhibitions (Anton Taljaard: Pierneef, A Collector’s Passion (2017) and Life Force: The Still Lifes of Irma Stern (2018)) at RMB Turbine Art Fair (TAF), focusing this year on two prominent South African artists whose work has a great synergy: Louis Maqhubela and Douglas Portway.

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Douglas Portway, Abstract with Green, Blue and Red. Oil on paper, 51 x 66cm

The artists met for the first time in St Ives, Cornwall, in 1967, after Maqhubela won the prestigious Artist of Fame and Promise Award at the Adler Fielding Gallery in Johannesburg, which included the prize of a trip to Europe. It was a meeting of great minds: they were artistic kindred spirits in the true sense of the term. Both were already highly successful artists in their own rights, albeit having had very different entry points to their careers. The meeting impacted both artists’ thinking and the manner in which they painted subsequently.
     The aim of A Meeting of Minds: Louis Maqhubela and Douglas Portway is to examine the intersection of the work of these two artists, looking at their art training and early influences, and how their styles developed after they met.

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Louis Maqhubela, Symbolic Figures, Animals and Forms. Mixed media on paper, 51,5 x 61,5cm

     In addition, a selection of lots from Strauss & Co’s July Online Auction will be on display at the company’s RMB TAF exhibition stand, and specialists will be on hand to guide first-time buyers and emerging collectors through the process of bidding and buying on the accessible, affordable online platform, which features art from a variety of artists in a broad range of styles and media.
     The RMB Turbine Art Fair will take place from 12 to 14 July 2019 at 10 Fricker Road, Illovo, Sandton, Johannesburg.
     Enquiries: 011 728 8246 | jhb@straussart.co.zawww.straussart.co.za

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