Sun, 1st Sep 2019 9:30

Modern & Contemporary Art

Lot 12
Lot 12 - Deborah Bell (South Africa 1957-)


Deborah Bell (South Africa 1957-)
Tapestry I hear you with my heart

oil and pastel on paper

Artwork date: 2003/2005
Signature details: signed and dated bottom right

Sold for R295,880
Estimated at R250,000 - R300,000

Condition Report

The overall condition is good. There is cockling present consistent with paper size.

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oil and pastel on paper

Artwork date: 2003/2005
Signature details: signed and dated bottom right


122 x 196 cm


Deborah Bell is one of South Africa’s most prominent contemporary artists, and is notable for her ability to shift between different mediums with equal facility and accomplishment. She is respected as a sculptor, painter and printmaker, but her work in all mediums tends to express and work with a similar set of thematics and concerns. Prominent among these is the dichotomy between mortality and immortality, between the living and the spirit worlds. This work includes one of her most characteristic depictions, of the goddess Diana, with her bow, leading a hunt through an arboreal scene. Diana is the goddess of the hunt, of fertility, and of the passage to the underworld, a spiritual journey Bell returns to again and again in her work. The allusion to a tapestry of the heart, perhaps recording this hunt and the heartfelt journey to another world on the other side of the forest, is emblematic of Bell’s core beliefs.

James Sey

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