The World Observed

Rarely seen moments of play and recreation in Dumile Feni’s drawings

A wonderful selection of Dumile Feni drawings, revealing rarely-seen moments of playfulness and recreation, feature in Aspire Art's timed Online auction, FIESTA: Art & Collectables. Open for bidding from 28 November to 5 December 2023.


IN PRIVATE: Artworks from the Estate of the late Andrew da Conceicao

Timed-Online Auction

Aspire Art proudly presents a selection of work from the collection of the late Andrew da Conceicao. The intimate auction brings 33 artworks – collected in private – to a wider collecting audience, to embrace, enjoy and celebrate a gallerist who made a remarkable contribution to South African art.


Capturing Johannesburg

David Goldblatt on auction, 16 November

A significant set of David Goldblatt works taken in the 1970s and 80s are on offer at Aspire on the 16 November


Auction Highlights: David Goldblatt

Aspire Art brings a unique collection of Goldblatt's to auction

Aspire Art is thrilled to bring a significant collection of David Goldblatt works to auction on Wednesday, 13 September in Cape Town. 


Auction Highlight: Gerard Sekoto

Aspire Art highlights rare Sekoto at auction

Aspire Art is delighted to present an early masterpiece, Street Corner by Gerard Sekoto as the leading artwork in their upcoming live auction taking place on Wednesday, 13 September in Cape Town. 


Through the Lens

Alf Kumalo and Muhammad Ali's Enduring Friendship

Aspire Art is thrilled to offer two memorable photographs of Muhammad Ali, taken by Alf Kumalo during the 1970s on their Timed-Online auction, Photographs + Editions, open from 20 July to 1 August 2023 A testament to the friendship between the men, the images not only stand as a visual document – but speak a thousand words – of the comradeship between the photographer and the boxer.


IMPRESSIONS: Works from the Marilyn Martin Collection

Timed-Online auction

Aspire Art is honoured to offer art lovers a rare opportunity to acquire works of art from the private collection of the late Marilyn Martin. Included are works by Walter Battiss, Lisa Brice, Peter Clarke, Dan Halter, Louis Jansen van Vuuren, William Kentridge, Azaria Mbatha, Fanlo Mkhize, Brett Murray, Dan Rakgoathe and Cecily Sash amongst others. The sale is open from 22 June to 4 July 2023.


Dumile Feni's Passion for Drawing

Discover the Enduring Passion of Dumile Feni: From Childhood Sketches to Artistic Mastery

Although Dumile Feni worked in different disciplines including painting and sculpture, drawing was the artistic talent he engaged in for the longest time. The artist began creating drawings from the age of 6 and it was to become a most fundamental and well-loved part of his practice. Aspire Art's current Timed-Online auction, 20th/21st Century Classics, includes a selection of delicate sketches from the collection of the late Desmond Fisher.



Auction Highlight: William Kentridge

Aspire Art highlights Kentridge editions at auction

On the 7 June 2023 Aspire Art will offer 11 exceptional William Kentridge editioned prints at auction on their 20th Century and Contemporary sale in Johannesburg. Highlighting the artist’s practice in printmaking over nearly 3 decades the collection provides an ideal opportunity to reflect on the importance of printmaking in William Kentridge’s practice and the early prevalence of the technique in his artmaking.


Auction Highlight: Alexis Preller

Aspire Art unveils newly found Adam, by artist Alexis Preller for Auction in June 2023.

Aspire Art is delighted to present a mesmerising painting Adam, from 1972, by the lauded South African artist Alexis Preller as the leading lot in their upcoming live auction of 20th Century and Contemporary Art which will take place on the 7th of June, in Johannesburg.


Think Big When Collecting

A Case for Larger than Life Artworks: Conrad Botes

Aspire Art Cataloguer & Researcher Micaela Wentzel emphasises large artworks that make a statement, elevate space and capture attention.


A Pop to the Collection

Discover the Bold and Graphic Works of Motel Seven, Conrad Botes, Asha Zero, and Mr. Brainwash

Aspire Art, Cataloguer & Researcher, Mtha Poni looks at the elements of Pop Art in the Contemporary Art Timed-Online Auction collection


Start Collecting Art Today

Young and eager to collect: You don't need a JAY-Z-level bank balance to acquire great works

Cataloguer & Researcher, Nonkululeko Sibande suggests 3 works from Aspire Art's Contemporary Art Timed-Online Auction to start an art collection.




Timed-Online Auction | Contemporary Art

Contemporary Art to Collect Right Now

Aspire Art invites you to delve into exciting and fresh works, bold colours and current themes in the Timed-Online auction CONTEMPORARY ART. Including carefully selected, local and international pieces, collectors will enjoy unique perspectives and mediums from some of the most popular artists in the current contemporary art market including William Kentridge, Zander Blom, Georgina Gratrix, Jake Aikman, Simphiwe Ndzube, Mongezi  Ncaphayi, Sepideh Mehraban, Michael MacGarry and more!


Panel Discussion

Celebrating Xhosa Heritage: George Pemba and SEK Mqhayi in conversation with Lovedale Press

Framed within the context of great Xhosa painter, George Pemba and Xhosa poet SEK Mqhayi, join Aspire Art this Saturday, 11 March 2023, at 11am to hear Anelisa Mangcu, Dr Athambile Masola and Sanele Ntshingana talk to us about the Lovedale press and the poets, writers and artists who have contributed to its legacy.


Highlights: George Pemba

Important Pemba paintings come to auction

Aspire Art are are thrilled to present three wonderful works by George Pemba in their upcoming Live sale of 20th Century and Contemporary Art on 15 March in Cape Town. 


Aspire Art’s debut 2023 Live Auction Highlights

Icons of 20th Century and Contemporary Southern African Art lead Aspire’s debut 2023 Live Auction

Aspire Art is proud to announce highlights from the March live sale of 20th Century & Contemporary Art from Southern Africa. Taking place on 15 March, the auction features an exceptional collection of 77 lots, specially selected for the discerning collector. Showcasing a wide range of works across a multitude of mediums, the collection spans a century of significant contributions to the art historical canon in Southern Africa.


EDITIONS Auction Highlights

Kholisa Thomas selects her favourites

Kholisa Thomas, Client Advisory at Aspire Art picks her favourite works from EDITIONS, a Timed Online auction taking place from 16 February - 1 March 2023.


The Allure of Etching

Fine lines and delicate details in the art of Penny Siopis

Primarily regarded as a painter, during the 1990s Siopis extended her range of media to include monumental installations, printmaking and video. We explore the etching technique and the artist's versatile use of the medium.



Silkcreen Fantasies

Printmaking in the work of Robert Hodgins and Walter Battiss

South African art greats Walter Battiss and Robert Hodgins are well-known and well-loved for their magnificent oil paintings but Battiss and Hodgins cognoscenti have also come to appreciate their printmaking. We look at the screenprinting technique and explore the importance of print in the work of these masters.



A Master of the Medium

William Kentridge as printmaker

An integral part of the artist's practice, printmaking spans William Kentridge's entire career. We take a look at the early beginnings of his print production and some of the important collaborations he has developed over his career.


Looking Forward to 2023

& inviting entries for our upcoming auctions

Looking back at 2022, here are some of the milestones achieved in our four Live Auctions last year.


Preview Invitation

Preview Opening and Cocktail Party in Johannesburg

Join Aspire Art for drinks on Thursday 24 November from 5pm to 8pm and view artworks on their upcoming auction of 20th Century and Contemporary Art.




e-Catalogue Online

Johannesburg Live Auction on 30 November 22

The electronic catalogue for our anticipated end of 2022 Liv auction in Johannesburg is LIVE.

We are excited to present this top-quality collection of works for our final auction of 2022.


Highlights: William Kentridge

Impressive selection of Kentridge works

Aspire Art brings a magnificent collection of artworks by William Kentridge, one of the most celebrated and influential living artists today, to auction in Johannesburg on 30 November 2022.



Highlights: Irma Stern

Important Irma Stern paintings

Aspire Art brings a magnificent collection of artworks by the much-celebrated Irma Stern to auction in Johannesburg on 30 November 2022.



Highlights: Zanele Muholi

Zanele Muholi at Auction

Aspire Art brings a magnificent collection of Zanele Muholi artworks to auction in Johannesburg on 30 November 2022. Included are two large-scale photographs: Aphelile X, Durban (2020) and a – never before seen – photograph from the Somnyama Ngonyama series. Also on offer is a magnificent bronze sculpture, Muholi II, the first edition of this new body of work to be offered on auction.


Aspire Art x Krone Support Michaelis Grad Show

Aspire hosts a fundraising raffle to win artist decorated Krone bottles at A Good Time exhibition

The upcoming exhibition: A Good Time which opens on Thursday 6 October will include a raffle for Krone magnum bottles transformed by artists included on the exhibition; Nobukho Nqaba, Alice Gauntlett, Sepideh Mehraban and Gaelen Pinnock, the proceeds of which will assist in funding this year’s Michaelis grad show.


A Good Time

Exhibition curated by Michaela Limberis at Aspire Cape Town

A Good Time celebrates the early careers of a group of local artists over the past decade, from university to the present moment. Featured artists: Rory Emmett, Alice Gauntlett, Bonolo Kavula, Sepideh Mehraban, Heinrich Minnie, Lena Dewaegenaere, Siwa Mgoboza, Nobukho Nqaba, Gaelen Pinnock, Jake Singer, Sitaara Stodel.


Sales Results: 14 September 2022

Aspire Art Cements Position in Chosen Markets

Aspire Art is pleased to have opened the Spring season art calendar with their recent live auction, 20th Century & Contemporary Art in Cape Town on Wednesday, 14 September. The sale featured a focussed collection of specially selected top calibre works with special sections on Black Modernism and Photography and highlights Aspire's approach to smaller and more curated collections, centered on quality over quantity, to serve the discerning collector.