Tue, 30th Nov 2021 18:00

Modern & Contemporary Art | Johannesburg

 
  Lot 12
 
Lot 12 - Simon Stone (South Africa 1952-)

12

Simon Stone (South Africa 1952-)
S.N.C.P. (Spontaneous, Non-Conceptual Painting)

oil on board

Artwork date: 2012
Signature details: signed and inscribed with the title along the top margin
Literature: Pollak, L. (2013). Simon Stone: Collected Works. Stellenbosch: SMAC Art Publishing, illustrated in colour on p.235.

(Qty: 1)

99 x 76 cm; framed size: 121.5 x 98 x 2.5 cm

Provenance:

Handspring Puppet Company.

Strauss & Co., South African Art, Jewellery and Decorative Arts, 6 February 2012, lot 657.

Notes:

In this cool, calm and serene ‘pin-board’ composition, Simon Stone perfectly “plays up the contrasts between representation and abstraction, the spontaneous and the calculated, the sketchy and the highly finished”.[1]

The painting is a beautiful example of Stone’s lyrical impromptus. The title, SNCP, stands for spontaneous, non-conceptual painting – Stone’s personal artistic strategy which references Surrealist automatism as a way to avoid planning, conscious thought and intension while making art.

In his analysis of this painting, writer Lloyd Pollak describes that Stone embraces this ideal in the background of the work “which he turns into a free-wheeling impromptu that exudes the breezy freshness and wonky charm of child art. Although the doodles, random shapes and meandering lines look like fumbling efforts, Stone’s mark-making evidences the skill and sophistication of a seasoned master”.[2]

Two ‘inset-paintings’ float on top of the expressive abstract surface. The focus is on a detailed rendering of a Japanese Satsuma vase which contrasts with a loosely painted lay-in vignette of the Karoo. Here, Pollak reminds the viewer of the mystic streak that runs in Stone’s paintings and explains that “symbolism transforms the vase into a repository of spiritual treasure. The flat stonelike forms signifying the artist’s presence, the vase, the Karoo landscape and the abstract painting in the upper register, are all united by lines and bars implying that the different elements in this painting represent different facets of a single, all-embracing reality”.[3]

Marelize van Zyl

[1] Pollak, L. (2013). Simon Stone: Collected Works. Stellenbosch: SMAC Art Publishing. p.234.

[2] Ibid

[3] Ibid

Estimated at R50,000 - R70,000


Condition report

The condition is mint.

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oil on board

Artwork date: 2012
Signature details: signed and inscribed with the title along the top margin
Literature: Pollak, L. (2013). Simon Stone: Collected Works. Stellenbosch: SMAC Art Publishing, illustrated in colour on p.235.

(Qty: 1)

99 x 76 cm; framed size: 121.5 x 98 x 2.5 cm

Provenance:

Handspring Puppet Company.

Strauss & Co., South African Art, Jewellery and Decorative Arts, 6 February 2012, lot 657.

Notes:

In this cool, calm and serene ‘pin-board’ composition, Simon Stone perfectly “plays up the contrasts between representation and abstraction, the spontaneous and the calculated, the sketchy and the highly finished”.[1]

The painting is a beautiful example of Stone’s lyrical impromptus. The title, SNCP, stands for spontaneous, non-conceptual painting – Stone’s personal artistic strategy which references Surrealist automatism as a way to avoid planning, conscious thought and intension while making art.

In his analysis of this painting, writer Lloyd Pollak describes that Stone embraces this ideal in the background of the work “which he turns into a free-wheeling impromptu that exudes the breezy freshness and wonky charm of child art. Although the doodles, random shapes and meandering lines look like fumbling efforts, Stone’s mark-making evidences the skill and sophistication of a seasoned master”.[2]

Two ‘inset-paintings’ float on top of the expressive abstract surface. The focus is on a detailed rendering of a Japanese Satsuma vase which contrasts with a loosely painted lay-in vignette of the Karoo. Here, Pollak reminds the viewer of the mystic streak that runs in Stone’s paintings and explains that “symbolism transforms the vase into a repository of spiritual treasure. The flat stonelike forms signifying the artist’s presence, the vase, the Karoo landscape and the abstract painting in the upper register, are all united by lines and bars implying that the different elements in this painting represent different facets of a single, all-embracing reality”.[3]

Marelize van Zyl

[1] Pollak, L. (2013). Simon Stone: Collected Works. Stellenbosch: SMAC Art Publishing. p.234.

[2] Ibid

[3] Ibid

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Auction: Modern & Contemporary Art | Johannesburg, Tue, 30th Nov 2021

 

A focused collection of top historical, modern and contemporary artworks, this boutique-style sale presents impressive examples of South Africa’s best-known artists at auction. Included is a wonderful oil on canvas still-life by Irma Stern painted in 1936, an exquisite equestrian painting by Tretchikoff, 4 early watercolours by George Pemba, a monumental Villa from 1976 and 6 superb lots by William Kentridge. Also on offer are impressive contemporary works by Kate Gottgens, Phillemon Hlungwani, Wim Botha and Banele Khoza, amongst others.

Notably, the sale also includes works from the collection of the world-renowned Handspring Puppet Company. This collection maps much of the company’s creative, personal and professional journey and includes works by Kentridge, Pemba, Simon Stone and Zanele Muholi, amongst others.

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