Sun, 3rd Nov 2019 10:00

Modern & Contemporary Art

Lot 56
Lot 56 - Zander Blom (South Africa 1982-)


Zander Blom (South Africa 1982-)
Untitled 1.316

oil on Belgian linen

Artwork date: 2012
Signature details: signed and dated on the reverse

Sold for R204,840
Estimated at R180,000 - R240,000

Condition Report

The condition is good. The canvas is slightly loose.

Please note, we are not qualified conservators and these reports give our opinion as to the general condition of the works. We advise that bidders view the lots in person to satisfy themselves with the condition of prospective purchases.


oil on Belgian linen

Artwork date: 2012
Signature details: signed and dated on the reverse


198 x 164 cm


In 2016, Zander Blom was included in Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting, an anthology of contemporary painting published by Phaidon. Blom’s inclusion, together with just more than 100 other outstanding international artists, not only spotlighted him, but cemented his position as part of a new generation that is taking this historic medium in new and unexpected directions.The material qualities of paint and the process of ‘making’ is central to Blom’s work. It is the physicality of his paintings that impacts their content and meaning. Untitled 1.316 is an impressive example of the artist’s demonstration of just what paint can do. Referencing the actions and techniques of Abstract Expressionism, Blom uses a palette knife to freely apply heavy daubs of oil paint on unprimed, raw linen canvas, which take on its own hue as the oil from the paint seeps through. He gives way to chance, allowing these oil halos their own formal space within the dynamic composition. This triple layering of material epitomizes Blom’s stylistic idiom; he creates surface tension as the paint pulls the linen, while the linen holds onto the paint and oil seeps into the canvas in a striking display that depicts their connection and separation at the same time.Here, Blom’s use of oil paint is evocative as he limits the colour range to black with small blots of white and primary blue - here and there - for visual effect. He refrains from a descriptive title for the work to defer subjective interpretation and meaning. Rather, this work stands as a testament to Blom’s artistic method and his process of investigation into the nature of oil paint. It is the materiality of this painting that elicits its true aesthetic value.Untitled 1.316 is a striking work – its vibrancy indicates the continuing cool allure of Blom’s painterly, expressionist abstraction.

Marelize van Zyl

You can place an absentee bid through our website - please sign in to your account on our website to proceed.

In the My Account tab you can also enter telephone bids, or email to log telephone/absentee bids.

Join us on the day of the auction to follow and bid in real-time.

The auction will be live-streamed with an audio-visual feed.

Images *

Drag and drop .jpg images here to upload, or click here to select images.





While we endeavour to assist our Clients as much as possible, we require artwork(s) to be delivered and/or collected from our premises by the Client. In instances where a Client is unable to deliver or collect artwork(s), Aspire staff is available to assist in this process by outsourcing the services to one of our preferred Service Providers. The cost for this will be for the Client’s account, with an additional Handling Fee of 15% charged on top of the Service Provider’s invoice.

Aspire Art provides inter-company transfer services for its Clients between Johannesburg and Cape Town branches. These are based on the size of the artwork(s), and charged as follows:

Small (≤60x90x10 cm): R400

Medium (≤90x120x15 cm): R800

Large (≤120x150x20 cm): R1,200

Over-size: Special quote


Should artwork(s) be collected or delivered to/from Clients by Aspire Art directly, the following charges will apply:

Collection/delivery ≤20km: R400

Collection/delivery 20km>R800≤50km

Collection/delivery >50km: Special quote



A flat fee of R100 will be added to the invoice for packaging of unframed works on paper.


International Collectors Shipping Package

For collectors based outside South Africa who purchase regularly from Aspire Art’s auctions in South Africa, it does not make sense to ship artworks individually or per auction and pay shipping every time you buy another work. Consequently, we have developed a special collectors’ shipping package to assist in reducing shipping costs and the constant demands of logistics arrangements.

For buyers from outside South Africa, we will keep the artworks you have purchased in storage during the year and then ship all the works you have acquired during the year together, so the shipping costs are reduced. At the end of the annual period, we will source various quotes to get you the best price, and ship all your artworks to your desired address at once.

Aspire Art will arrange suitable storage during, and cost-effective shipping at the end, of the annual period.



Collections are by appointment, with 24-hours’ notice

Clients are requested to contact the relevant office and inform Aspire Art of which artwork(s) they would like to collect, and allow a 24-hour window for Aspire Art’s logistics department to retrieve the artwork(s) and prepare them for collection.


Handling Fee

Aspire Art charges a 15% Handling Fee on all Logistics, Framing, Restoration and Conservation arranged by Aspire.