oil on canvas
Sold for R591,760
Estimated at R250,000 - R350,000
oil on canvas
50 x 50.5 x 2.5 cm
Private collection, London.
Stormy dark skies and shadowy figures in the grass are typical of Cinga Samson’s emotive, surreal-like works. With the feel of an impressionist’s brush, or the brooding storms of the English Romantic painter William Turner, this work by Samson illustrates his exceptional skill as a painter. There’s a spiritual quality to this painting, a mystical unknown, and a lingering question around the time of day. Samson’s dedication to the formal elements in his art reveals his love for the medium, as he ‘revels in the material quality of oil painting’, as he is often quoted on.
Samson lives and works in Cape Town, a place filled with an incredible diversity of landscapes which he usually depicts in his work. Dark looming mountains, plants, clouds, and bodies of water are all consistent themes throughout his oeuvre, his subjects always engaged with natural elements. Samson is exploring his relationship with paint in this work, and studying his colour schemes in order to portray the somber natural world he envisions alongside his ghostly portraits.
Cinga Samson is a self-taught artist who started painting after joining a shared artist studio, Isibane Creative Arts, in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. He is currently enjoying much international acclaim following his solo exhibition Amadoda Akafani, Afana ngeentshebe zodwa (Men are different though they look alike) with Perrotin in New York and signing with White Cube gallery in 2021. Samson recently presented a new body of work in Iyabanda Intsimbi / The metal is cold at the prestigious FLAG Art Foundation in New York.
Cinga Samson has established himself as an important new voice in contemporary painting. In 2017, Samson was the recipient of the Tollman Award for the Visual Arts and in 2018 he exhibited with Nicholas Hlobo at the Maitland Institute, Cape Town, in a two-person show titled Umthamo.
His works form part of the collections of LACMA Museum, Los Angeles; PAMM,
Pérez Art Museum Miami; Minneapolis Institute of Art; CCS Bard, Center for Curatorial Studies, New York, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town and A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town.
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Auction: Modern and Contemporary Art | Cape Town, 16th Mar, 2022
The collection of 111 works by 74 artists boasts a selection of highly collectable modern and contemporary art-historical treasures. Rare and important pieces by artists including William Kentridge, Marlene Dumas and Robert Hodgins present collectors with a unique opportunity to add significant pieces to their collections. Also on offer are 4 fantastic oil paintings by South African modern master George Pemba and an impressive body of sculptural work, including artists Sydney Kumalo, Edoardo Villa, Bruce Arnott and David Brown.
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