Modern and Contemporary African art sale at Bonhams London -20th March 2019

Salah El-Mur (Sudanese, born 1966) Family day out signed and dated ‘S.ELMUR.2016’ (lower left) acrylic on canvas 89 x 119cm (35 1/16 x 46 7/8in). Estimate £ 10,000 – 15,000 € 12,000 – 18,000. Bonhams Auction sale Modern and Contemporary African Art – 20th March 2019

Bonhams announced recently that Roubi L’Roubi, curator of the Saatchi Gallery’s exhibition “Forests and Spirits: Figurative Art from the Khartoum School” will curate a section of its African Art sale on Wednesday 20th March at its New Bond Street Saleroom. The auction will feature works chosen by L’Roubi in a section called the Creative Currents of the Nile.

Roubi L’Roubi said “I am thrilled to have been invited to curate this important and ground-breaking exhibition. Art depicts the human condition in real-time and nowhere is this more authentically rendered than in the artists that lived and worked along the Nile.”

Alexander Skunder Boghossian (Ethiopian, 1937-2003), Sacred text
signed and dated ‘SKUNDER 68’ (lower right)
oil and paper collage on board, 56 x 62cm (22 1/16 x 24 7/16in) £ 8,000 – 12,000 € 9,400 – 14,000. Bonhams Auction sale Modern and Contemporary African Art – 20th March 2019

Other artists featured by Roubi L’Roubi in Creative Currents of the Nile’ include Ibrahim El-Salahi, a founder of the eminent Khartoum art school, with his work Standing Figure, estimate £15,000-20,000. Sudanese artist Salah El Mur, a graduate from the school, who paints the people of Khartoum at play in his work Family Day out at Sunut Forest, 2016. The work was previously exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery and has an estimate of £10,000-15,000.

Ethiopian artist Alexander Skunder Boghossian‘s elaborate red painting, Sacred Text, has an estimate of £8,000-12,000. For L’Roubi, the Nile is both the unifying and dividing factor between the artists of Sudan and Ethiopia and becomes the foundation for the talent and skill that will be showcased.

Ibrahim El-Salahi (Sudanese, born 1930), Standing Figure signed ‘Salahi’ (lower right)pen & ink 60 x 45.5cm (23 5/8 x 17 15/16in). £ 15,000 – 20,000 € 18,000 – 23,000 Bonhams Auction sale Modern and Contemporary African Art – 20th March 2019

Giles Peppiatt, head of Bonhams Modern and Contemporary African Art Department, said “In a period of great interest for African Art, we are excited to present Roubi L’Roubi Creative Currents of the Nile in the context of our Modern and Contemporary African Art sale. Presenting these works alongside market leaders such as Sekoto and Enwonwu, gives Bonhams is a brilliant opportunity to draw greater attention to contemporary African art.”

Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu and Gerard Sekoto are two of the top lots at Bonhams Modern and Contemporary African art sale. Ben Enwonwu’s wooden sculpture of a young woman, entitled Fruit Seller, and Gerard Sekoto’s vibrant painting Washer Women, circa 1940, both have an estimate of £100,000-150,000.

Gerard Sekoto (South African, 1913-1993), Washer woman, circa 1940 26 x 33cm (10 1/4 x 13in). Estimate £ 100,000 – 150,000 € 120,000 – 180,000

Other highlights in the sale include:

  • Vladimir Grigoryevich Tretchikoff, Cock Fighter, estimate of £60,000-90,000
  • Gerard Sekoto, The Water Collectors, circa 1940, estimate £50,000-90,000
  • Frans David Oerder (South African, 1867-1944), Na die maal (After the Meal), 1896, estimate £50,000-80,000
  • Irma Stern (South African, 1894-1966), Girl with Jug. Estimate £50,000-80,000


Modern & Contemporary African Art
20th March 2019, starting at 17:00 GMT 
London, New Bond Street

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