Charles Gassner

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Medium: gouache and chalk

Size: frame 70 x 102.5cm
image: 58 x 90cm

Title: untitled abstract

Born in the Netherlands, Charles Gassner (1915-1977) was a painter of both abstract and figurative subjects. Gassner arrived in South Africa in 1948 after studying art in The Hague and Berlin.  In the early 1950s spent three years in Australia before returning to South Africa.  In these early years Gassner was mainly a painter of figures within interiors using oil as his preferred medium. By the end of the 1950s he was living in London and spent some time as a tutor at Camberwell. By this time Gassner’s work was predominately, but not exclusively, abstract.  Thereafter he returned to South Africa but a body of his work remained in the UK.
Gassner was one of a group of talented artists working in the very distinctive South African school of representational abstraction, during what has become termed as the Isolation Years. The work of South African abstract artists from this period is experiencing renewed interest and is considered to be one of the most important in South African art history. Interest in Gassner’s work is steadily growing. 

Price: R15 000.00

Fred Page (1908 – 1984)

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Medium: linocut

Size: frame 48 x 69cm
image :33 x 38cm

Title: untitled, fragments of a city

Date: c. 1980

Original linocut by Fred Page. Part of the series called Fragments of a City that were produced by Joe Wolpe for Page. This unsigned print is one of a few extras that were produced and were acquired by the previous owner from Wolpe.

Fred Page (1908 – 1984)

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Medium: linocut

Size: frame 56 x 53cm
image :25 x 26.5cm

Title: untitled, fragments of a city

Date: c. 1980

Original linocut by Fred Page. Part of the series called Fragments of a City that were produced by Joe Wolpe for Page. This unsigned print is one of a few extras that were produced and were acquired by the previous owner from Wolpe.

Peter Clarke (1929 – 2014)

Medium: linocut
Title: The Brothers
Date: 1959
Size: Framed – 41.8×36.6 cm
Image – 19.2×16.6 cm

Much of his work was inspired by his early years spent in the seaside village of Simon’s Town. In 1972, under the Group Areas Act he and his community were forced to move to the ‘coloured’ township of Ocean View.
His first solo exhibition was held in the newspaper offices of the ‘Golden Post’. At the time he said: “Before my exhibition I was just another coloured man. Our people take it for granted that only white could do such things. Now they are becoming aware…the we can do these things too; that we are human beings.”

Price: R9 500.00

Signed with the monogram “AR”

Medium: Pen and ink
Title: Kudu
Size: Framed :47 x 57cm
Image: 22.5 x 32.5

A finely executed pen and ink drawing of the head of a kudu in a dark oak frame with an oak mount. Circa 1940’s

Price: R2 200.00

Walter Battiss (1906 – 1982)

Medium: Screenprint
Title: Last Orgy
Size: Framed: 91 x 76.5cm
Image: 59.5 x 46cm

Signed by the artist’s son Giles Battiss, as is always the case with this print.Walter Battiss was a founding member of the New Group, a loose friendship of recognised contemporary European and American artists. He was unique among them, in the sense that he was from what were regarded as the colonies and in that he had not studied either in Europe or North America. In fact, in 1938 he visited Europe for the first time. The following year he published his first book, The Amazing Bushman. His interest in rock art had a very profound impact on his ideas, regarding San painting as an important art form. He was also influenced by African cultural Ndebele beadwork and generally by pre-Islamic cultures and calligraphy. In 1949 he befriended Picasso who would have an influence on his already quirky style. He visited Greece in 1966-1968 and the Seychelles in 1972, which inspired his make-believe Fook Island. Battiss published nine books, wrote many articles and founded the periodical “De Arte”. He taught art at Pretoria Boys High School from 1936 for most of the next 30 years and at the Pretoria Art Centre, of which he as the principal from 1953-58. He also taught at UNISA where he became Professor of Fine Art in 1964 and retired in 1971.

Price: R19 000.00

Walter Battiss (1906 – 1982)

Medium: Screenprint
Title: Orgy 3
Size: Framed: 88 x 68.5cm
Image: 61 x 42cm

Battiss was a founding member of the New Group, a loose friendship of recognised contemporary European and American artists. He was unique among them, in the sense that he was from what were regarded as the colonies and in that he had not studied either in Europe or North America. In fact, in 1938 he visited Europe for the first time. The following year he published his first book, The Amazing Bushman. His interest in rock art had a very profound impact on his ideas, regarding San painting as an important art form. He was also influenced by African cultural Ndebele beadwork and generally by pre-Islamic cultures and calligraphy. In 1949 he befriended Picasso who would have an influence on his already quirky style. He visited Greece in 1966-1968 and the Seychelles in 1972, which inspired his make-believe Fook Island. Battiss published nine books, wrote many articles and founded the periodical “De Arte”. He taught art at Pretoria Boys High School from 1936 for most of the next 30 years and at the Pretoria Art Centre, of which he as the principal from 1953-58. He also taught at UNISA where he became Professor of Fine Art in 1964 and retired in 1971.

Price: R45 000.00

William Mitcheson Timlin (1892 – 1943)

Medium: watercolour
Title: Rose Fairies
Size: 62 x 51cm

Born in Ashington, Northumberland, the son of a colliery foreman. He showed talent for drawing at Morpeth Grammar School, and received a scholarship to the Armstrong College of Art in Newcastle. In 1912, he joined his parents in South Africa where he completed his training in art and architecture and remained for the rest of his life. Timlin designed a number of important buildings in Kimberley including Kimberley Boys’ High School while pursuing his interest in art, by producing watercolour fantasies in addition to oils, pastels, etchings and periodical illustrations. His work was regularly exhibited and he also wrote stories and composed music. His most noted work being the fantasy children’s book The Ship That Sailed To Mars. Published by Harrap in 1923.

Price: R28 000.00

Wopko Jensma (1939 – ?)

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Medium: screenprint 4/4

Size: frame 110 x 77cm
image 54.5 x 37cm

Date: 1970

Wopko Pieter JENSMA was born 26th July, 1939, Ventersdorp in the Transvaal.Matriculated at Middelburg Hoërskool, enrolled for study at the Universities of Pretoria in 1960 (BA Fine Arts (1964, incomplete) and attended University of Potchefstroom (1965-1967); translator for APB Publishers, Johannesburg (1965-1967); 1967 taught at a school in Serowe, Botswana, later became Head of Graphics Section of Department of Information,Gaborone.
Wrote poetry in English and Afrikaans; published anthologies “Sing for our execution” (1974), “Where White is the Colour, Where Black is the Number”, (1974) and Have You Seen my Clippings” (1977) Taught art at the Open School, Johannesburg, during the 1980s. Disappeared without trace after August, 1993.
Jensma’s writing deals with issues of identity relating to race and class within the context of apartheid in South Africa in the 1970’s. His poetry harnesses the signatures of jazz , concrete poetry, the avant-garde and African dance forms.

Price: R14 000.00

Wopko Jensma: Monotype

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Monotype in red, signed JW ’74.
Size: frame: 77 x 110cm
image: 57 x 89cm

Wopko Pieter JENSMA was born 26th July, 1939, Ventersdorp in the Transvaal.Matriculated at Middelburg Hoërskool, enrolled for study at the Universities of Pretoria in 1960 (BA Fine Arts (1964, incomplete) and attended University of Potchefstroom (1965-1967); translator for APB Publishers, Johannesburg (1965-1967); 1967 taught at a school in Serowe, Botswana, later became Head of Graphics Section of Department of Information,Gaborone.
Wrote poetry in English and Afrikaans; published anthologies “Sing for our execution” (1974), “Where White is the Colour, Where Black is the Number”, (1974) and Have You Seen my Clippings” (1977) Taught art at the Open School, Johannesburg, during the 1980s. Disappeared without trace after August, 1993.
Jensma’s writing deals with issues of identity relating to race and class within the context of apartheid in South Africa in the 1970’s. His poetry harnesses the signatures of jazz , concrete poetry, the avant-garde and African dance forms.

Price: R14 000.00

Yvaral (1934 – 2002)

Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Title: Structure Cubique BC.
Size: 60 x 60cm
Date: 1974

Jean-Pierre Vasarely (1934–2002), professionally known as Yvaral, was a French artist working in the fields of op-art and kinetic art from 1954 onwards. He was the son of Victor Vasarely.Yvaral studied graphic art and publicity at the École des Arts Appliqués in Paris between 1950 and 1953. In 1960, he co-founded the Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visual (GRAV) with Julio Le Parc, François Morellet, Francisco Sobrino, Horacio Garcia Rossi and Joel Stein, seeking to develop a coherent abstract visual language composed of simple geometric elements. Titled, signed and dated to the verso, with the artist’s catalogue number.

Price: R125 000.00