Exquisite art pieces to go under the hammer

2010-08-05 00:00

PETROS Gumbi’s masterpiece John the Baptist is set to go under the hammer at Ellerman House and Contemporary Gallery in Cape Town on Saturday.

The pure white urn, which is one of the finest pieces ever produced by the Ardmore ceramic arts sculptor, took three months to complete.

The work juxtaposes the story of Jonah and the whale with the story of John the Baptist and communicates the message that all people from all nations, who choose to follow­ Christ and be baptised, will receive the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, which is symbolised by the dove.

Gumbi’s sculpture, which has a reserve of R100 000, is one of several­ artworks that are being auctioned on behalf of the religious organisation Jonahre, which is aiming to use the money to benefit compassion ministries of global concern and the renaissance of storytelling arts in the global church.

Other works that are being sold include Portchie’s Offer from the Heart and Hyatt Moore’s Her Eyes on the Cross. If you would like to find out more log on to www.jonahre.com/auction.html

The work of two other Ardmore artists, the late Bonnie Ntshalintshali, who pioneered Ardmore with Fee Halsted, and Wonderboy Nxumalo, is also set to go under the hammer. Among the works for sale in the Stephan Welz & Co’s auction on August 17 in Johannesburg, is a candlestick by Ntshalintshali, which features her signature sculptured animals, and plates by Nxumalo, which use the intaglio technique to reveal stories and commentary on life. For more information log on to www.swelco. co.za • Two exquisite Ardmore Ceramic Art pieces have been selected by The Museum of Art and Design in New York for its Global Africa Exhibition­, which opens on November­ 16. The exhibition will explore the broad spectrum of contemporary African art, design, and craft.

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