Fri, 14th Feb 2020 20:00

Aspire X PIASA | Modern & Contemporary African Art

Lot 24
Lot 24 - Lisa Brice (South Africa 1968-)


Lisa Brice (South Africa 1968-)
Adult Show (from the Sex Show series)

acrylic, spray paint, pastel and vinyl on incised board

Artwork date: 1992
Signature details: indistinctly signed and dated bottom left

Sold for R364,160
Estimated at R300,000 - R400,000

Condition Report

The overall condition is good. Wear commensurate with medium.

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acrylic, spray paint, pastel and vinyl on incised board

Artwork date: 1992
Signature details: indistinctly signed and dated bottom left


120.5 x 169 cm


Lisa Brice was born in Cape Town in 1968, and now lives and works in London. She graduated from Michaelis at the University of Cape Town in 1990, and worked initially in a variety of media, including video and printmaking. In more recent years she has gravitated to painting, the medium she now works in predominantly. She spent some formative time working in Trinidad in the Caribbean, collaborating with British artist Peter Doig, among others.This early work is derived from Brice’s first major solo exhibition after graduating, in 1992. The show focused on sex industry imagery from Thailand, mostly inspired by signage. Her bold use of line, colour and expression in this work is indicative of the skilled painter she would become, and expresses a theatrical and performative sense of drama and pathos in the scene that is palpable. In more recent years Brice has exhibited regulalry with the Goodman Gallery in Cape Town and Johannesburg, and has had several solo shows in the UK and across Europe, as well as regualrly exhibiting on significant groupshows. In 2018 the artist staged her first solo museum exhibition at Tate Britain, which comprised large scale paintings addressing and reworking the art historical traiction of the female nude.

James Sey

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Auction: Aspire X PIASA | Modern & Contemporary African Art, Fri, 14th Feb 2020

Aspire Art Auctions partnered with Paris-based house Piasa, to introduce an Africa-focused auction presenting some of the best examples of modern and contemporary art produced on this continent. This was the first time an African and European auction house partnered to present a sale of African art, in Africa, for a global audience. 

The sale included 139 artists representing 27 countries from Africa and the diaspora and spotlighted key collecting segments from 20th century modernism to contemporary production and photography. The lead-lot, Marlene Dumas’ Oktober 1973 achieved a stellar R7,055,600 well above its high estimate of R3-5 million. Also on offer were some of the most in-demand African artists including Chéri Samba, Aboudia Abdoulaye Diarrassouba, Gareth Nyandoro, Mustafa Maluka and William Kentridge.

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