15th Mar, 2023 18:00

20th Century & Contemporary Art

  Lot 53
Lot 53 - Zander Blom (South Africa 1982-)


Zander Blom (South Africa 1982-)
Untitled (1.45)

oil on canvas

Artwork date: 2011
Literature: Martin, C. J. (2013). 'Zander Blom: Paintings Volume I'. Cape Town: Stevenson, illustrated in colour on p.43.

Sold for R318,640
Estimated at R200,000 - R300,000


oil on canvas

Artwork date: 2011
Literature: Martin, C. J. (2013). 'Zander Blom: Paintings Volume I'. Cape Town: Stevenson, illustrated in colour on p.43.


197.5 x 150 x 2.5 cm


Private collection, Cape Town.


Zander Blom is known for taking painting – its material qualities and its history – in new, and unexpected directions.

Untitled 1.45 is a sensational early work, and an impressive example of the artist’s introduction and demonstration of what paint, in itself, can do – physically and visually. Painted in 2011, the work shows Blom’s expressively controlled, yet experimental approach to working with and manipulating oil paint. He paints directly on unprimed, raw linen canvas, allowing the oil from the thick daubs of paint to seep through. The colour range is limited to pitch black with smears of white and small blots primary blue, red and yellow – here and there – for visual effect. It is these material qualities of the paint and the process of ‘making’ that is central to the work and elicits its unrestrained beauty.

The title of the painting is non-descriptive to defer subjective interpretation and meaning. Rather, it is the unambiguous character of the work, the allure of its dynamic abstraction, that evoke a powerful visceral response.

Text by Marelize van Zyl


In 2022, Zander Blom featured in the group exhibition We Paint! at Beaux-Arts de Paris. Curated by Cristiano Raimondi, the exhibition is an appraisal of contemporary painting, informed by the Jean-François Prat Prize. In the same year, he also presented Garage Party at signs and symbols contemporary gallery, his first solo exhibition in New York.

Blom received the third Jean-François Prat Prize in Paris in 2014 and in 2016 exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo as part of the fifth edition of the contemporary art prize. That same year, he was also included in Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting, an anthology of contemporary painting published by Phaidon.


The artist is represented in local and international collections, notably, the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection, Stuttgart and Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town.

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Auction: 20th Century & Contemporary Art, 15th Mar, 2023


Kickstarting the 2023 program Aspire Art are delighted to present their first Live sale, 20th Century & Contemporary Art in March. The sale has become a highly anticipated event in the Cape Town auction calendar, showcasing and recognising works by truly exceptional artists from Southern Africa.

Contemporary highlights include seminal works by William Kentridge, Robert Hodgins, Sue Williamson, Johannes Phokela, Zander Blom, Athi-Patra Ruga, Dan Halter and Georgina Gratrix amongst others. International superstars include Pascale Marthine Tayou and Francisco Vidal.  Photographic works feature prominently as a special section and include limited editioned prints by celebrated documentary photographers Alf Kumalo and David Goldblatt alongside incredible photographic works by artists like Mary Sibande, Ayana Jackson, Candice Breitz and the award-winning Mikhael Subotzky.

Leading the sale is a group of important and rare works by South African modern masters, most significantly a selection of expressive drawings by Dumile Feni and paintings by social realist George Pemba. The modern collection is complimented by a landscape painted by J.H. Pierneef and a beautifully rendered gouache by Irma Stern from 1951.


Preview: 10 to15 March

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