14th Sep, 2022 18:00

20th Century & Contemporary Art

  Lot 19
Lot 19 - David Koloane (South Africa 1938-2019)


David Koloane (South Africa 1938-2019)
Saxophone no. 3

acrylic and pencil on paper

Artwork date: 2016
Signature details: signed and dated right centre
Exhibited: Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, 'David Koloane: In the City', 28 July to 10 September 2016.


acrylic and pencil on paper

Artwork date: 2016
Signature details: signed and dated right centre
Exhibited: Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, 'David Koloane: In the City', 28 July to 10 September 2016.


130 x 83 cm; framed size: 150 x 101 x 5.5 cm


Private collection, Cape Town.

Goodman Gallery, Cape Town.


Celebrated as one of South Africa’s most renowned expressionist painters, David Koloane was not only a respected artist, but commended for his contribution and pioneering work in art education and mentoring – pouring himself into both his own practice, that extended over five decades, and the future artists in his country.

Saxophone No. 3 formed part of an impressive body of large-scale works exhibited in In the City, his final solo exhibition before his untimely passing in 2019. For this exhibition, Koloane’s central subject was a visual interrogation of black life (the socio-political and existential human condition) in the city of Johannesburg – the artist’s hometown. His works are passionately populated with his characteristic depictions of cityscapes, townships, street life, traffic jams, migration scenes, refugees, dogs, birds and, of course, jazz musicians – among others.

In this striking painting, Koloane’s saxophone player is portrayed through charged and exaggeratedly executed brushstrokes in a palette of achromatic greys. The scene is visually exuberant, evocative, yet in a way poetic.

Throughout his career, David Koloane’s work has been widely exhibited locally and internationally. In 1999, he was part of Liberated Voices at the National Museum of African Art in Washington DC and in 2013, Koloane’s work was shown on the South African pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale.

In 2019, A Resilient Visionary: Poetic Expressions of David Koloane a large scale travelling retrospective exhibition opened at the Iziko South African National Gallery, and later travelled to the Standard Bank Gallery and Wits Art Museum.

In 2015, the year before making this work, the artist received his second honorary doctorate, this time from Rhodes University. The first was from WITS University in 2012.


The artist is represented in numerous local and international collections, notably, A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town.; Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town.; Centre Pompidou, Paris.; Perez Art Museum, Miami and Saatchi Gallery, London.

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Auction: 20th Century & Contemporary Art, 14th Sep, 2022


Aspire Art will impress collectors with this focused, boutique-style auction. Including 81 carefully selected lots the sale boasts impressive examples by many of South Africa’s most celebrated artists. A fine selection of William Kentridge works, including two original drawings, Eduardo Villa sculptures, painting by Robert Hodgins and Walter Battiss and a wonderful early Penny Siopis drawing are on offer.

Also featured are two special sections – Black Modernism and Photography. Aspire has firmly cemented itself as a champion of both these collecting segments and collectors will be spoilt for choice with a rare drawing by Dumile Feni as well as works by other modernists including Gerard Sekoto, George Pemba and Lucas Sithole and photographs by David Goldblatt, Mohau Modisakeng and Simphiwe Ndzube amongst others.


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