Fri, 14th Feb 2020 20:00

Aspire X PIASA | Modern & Contemporary African Art

Lot 54
Lot 54 - John Meyer (South Africa 1942-)


John Meyer (South Africa 1942-)
Edge of the Hexrivierberge

acrylic and sand on canvas

Signature details: signed bottom right; inscribed with the artist's name and the title on an Everard Read label on the reverse

Sold for R1,138,000
Estimated at R1,000,000 - R1,500,000

Condition Report

The overall condition is excellent. Very minor surface dirt and one fly speck.

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acrylic and sand on canvas

Signature details: signed bottom right; inscribed with the artist's name and the title on an Everard Read label on the reverse


113.5 x 152.5 cm


John Meyer’s reputation as South Africa’s most renowned and significant realist painter is unimpeachable. He has exhibited all over the world, and is regarded as a modern–day ‘court painter’, commissioned to paint many official subjects and occasion works in the upper echelons of global society. His immaculately composed painted narratives, either in the vignette and cinematic form he has favoured more recently, or in the grand historical narratives he has also depicted in many well-known canvases, can sometimes belie the skill and talent with which all his work is imbued.This majestic landscape work, of one of South Africa’s most beautiful Cape vistas, bears all the hallmarks of the painterly photorealism for which his work is celebrated. However, this work also offers an opportunity to examine, from a more aesthetic perspective, and unencumbered by the narrative considerations which surface in his historical subjects and portraiture, exactly how he goes about his craft. A justifiable reputation as a master craftsman is here exemplified by subtly subdued texture, colour, brushstroke and composition in a beautiful example of a work that dramatically conveys the gravitas and immense volume of the natural landscape it depicts, with its indications of human cultivation and civilisation in the foreground relatively diminished by the majestic mountains in the background.

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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