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THE COLLECTION FEATURES OVER 20 ARTWORKS BY RENOWNED SOUTH AFRICAN ARTISTS, INCLUDING JOEL BERMANO, GLEN JOSSELSOHN AND ANTON SMIT.

HOSTED BY AUCTIONEER ARIELLA KUPER.

For remote bidding, contact Danielle Winter // danielle@ubuntupathways.org

 

LIVE AUCTION

 
 
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GLEN JOSSELSOHN // SPECTRUM OF LIFE

Acrylic on canvas, 48” x 36”

Distinctively contemporary in his work, artist Glen Josselsohn’s signature art style offers the perfect solution to complement modern, chic room designs. Not only does his art buzz with energy and movement, but it opens up the imagination, engages the senses, and ignites a sense of curiosity.

Last year, the Marion on Nicol Hotel in Johannesburg, commissioned Glen to do over 30 paintings for the establishment, creating a contemporary feel throughout the property. According to Glen, the hospitality industry is a perfect platform for his art, as he is able to create work in large volumes at affordable rates. Glen has also been featured on Top Billing Magazine Program and also in many Magazines including Garden And Home, Habitat, House and Leisure.

Looking forward, Glen’s main goal is to keep doing what he does best—painting. With the intention to promote his work more in Europe and America and to build and develop his technique even further, life is certainly bound to be exciting.

 
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ANTON SMIT // PHILEO

GRP and Bronze, 16“ x 7“

Widely revered for his overwhelming heads and monumental sculptures evoking themes of suffering, reconciliation, glory and sublimation, Anton’s works grace public and private collections countrywide and internationally. An inspiring raconteur, Anton enjoys relating tales of his struggles as a young artist. The secret to his success could be attributed to his courage and determination to forge ahead in the face of great difficulty. Anton forms his own language through sculpture, the manifestation of his passion for expression and his profound faith.


 
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SHANI KREBS // HER BEDROOM

Gouache on canvas in glass frame, 29” x 22.5”

Shani is an Artist, poet, motivational speaker and author of best selling autobiography Dragons & Butterflies. He is known for his hyperrealism technique in which he hand paints in fine detail the very essence of his subject matter.

Hyperrealism is a challenging technique where the artist paints images which look like high definition photographs using carbon powder and Chinese brushes on textured paper. Shani’s work is highly collectible in South Africa, but also enjoys an international following.


 
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TANYA STERNBERG // CONNECTION

Handpainted ink on cut paper in glass frame, 40.5” x 40.5”

Tanya Sternberg, born in 1977, lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa as an artist and graphic designer. She graduated from the Ogilvy and Mather School of Advertising and started her own graphic design company in 2005. Tanya has held solo and group exhibitions at State of the Art Gallery, Eclectica Gallery and Spencer Street Studios.

Tanya’s recent body of work explores the question of creating balance in a fragile and precarious world while connecting with each other in more harmonious ways. Framed and floating behind glass, these paper works create shadows that interact with the artwork to create a layered and dynamic effect. Her works are intricate and fragile, yet bold and graphic..

 
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ANTON SMIT // REFLECT TRIPTYCH

GRP and Bronze, 21“ x 6”

Widely revered for his overwhelming heads and monumental sculptures evoking themes of suffering, reconciliation, glory and sublimation, Anton’s works grace public and private collections countrywide and internationally. An inspiring raconteur, Anton enjoys relating tales of his struggles as a young artist. The secret to his success could be attributed to his courage and determination to forge ahead in the face of great difficulty. Anton forms his own language through sculpture, the manifestation of his passion for expression and his profound faith.

 
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JOEL BERMANO // THE LION KING

Acrylic on canvas, 48” x 60”

Trying to create a color that does not yet exist in this world, Bermano’s paintings bring incredible life, vibrancy, and inspiration to the walls on which they hang. Inspired by his youth in South Africa as well as his long-time journey dealing with bipolar disorder, this former beef jerky making boxing promoter swapped the canvas of the boxing ring for the canvas of paint.

Based in Brooklyn, New York, Bermano has exhibited all over the world. His works adorn the walls of celebrities' homes and major corporations including Princess Charlene of Monaco, the WeWork Corporation, and Google. Working with non-profit organizations in the USA and South Africa, he donates money from sales of his art as well as original artworks for auction. 

Simply put, Bermano lives by the mantra that people should have color in their worlds as color stimulates the mind. 'COLOR YOUR LIFE' with Bermano! 


 
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SIGNED MATCH GLOVES // FLOYD MAYWEATHER & OSCAR DE LA HOYA


SILENT AUCTION

 
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ALEXANDRA ROSS // WORLDVIEW

Ink on paper, 16.5” x 14” // Starting Bid: $500

Alexandra Ross is a visual artist living and working in Johannesburg. She works across a range of media but primarily in oil and mixed media on canvas, paper collages, printmaking photography, and video.

In 2007, while completing her MAFA at Wits University, her first solo show won the Brait-Everard Read Art Award. Since then, she has exhibited with David Krut Projects, Room, and the Kalashnikovv. Her work deals with the transient and ephemeral nature of reality and often plays with the ambiguous relationship between reality and illusion.

 
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BECKY PHILLIPS // BEATRICE

Acrylic on canvas, 18” x 24” // Starting Bid: $500

Becky is an American artist based out of Portland, Oregon. She graduated in 2013 from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BFA in Commercial Photographic Illustration. Her work primarily consists of acrylics, watercolor, ink, and photography. In 2011, her photography was shown in a solo exhibition called Light, Texture, and Space. The pieces she creates come from daydream or trance-like states which she translates into tangible, abstract worlds.


 
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DAVID RUBENSTEIN // BEGINNING

Acrylic on hardwood, 40” x 40” // Starting Bid: $600

David Rubinstein is a Johannesburg-based abstract artist who works mostly with ink and acrylic on paper, blackboard, and canvas. His work began in 2012 as linear geometric compositions before evolving into three-dimensional acrylic work where paint brushes and spoons are used to create surreal, puddle-like effects.

Now, David’s work has turned to the night sky, evoking journeys into the extra-terrestrial universe. The unifying element of David’s compositions is a relationship to music; every one of his pieces is his personal translation of what he listens to. His work is drawn from deeply personal journeys of growth, loss and migration within a dynamic city

 
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EDWARD SELEMATSELA // MY CHILDHOOD MEMORIES

Acrylic on easelboard, 14” x 18” // Starting Bid: $500

Edward Selematsela is a well-known artist from the Limpopo province of South Africa coveted by collectors from Colombia to Dubai. In 1997, he received the Merit of Excellence Award from the French Cultural Center in Pessac, France, and several art competitions around Gauteng.

His intaglio relief art piece, The Journey to Travel, earned first place at the Deutsche Bank South Black Like Us competition. While Selematsela is a full time artist, he is also passionate about art education for the children of Johannesburg. Over 1500 students have benefited from his Little Artist School project since 1995, enabling them to visit the world’s most prestigious art institutions.

 
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ERIC SCHER // DEVIATION

Acrylic on canvas, 24” x 36” // Starting Bid: $1,000

Eric Sher was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and has studied fine art and illustration. His career includes exhibitions at galleries throughout London and South Africa in both solo and group shows. As a professional artist, he created a drawing of Chancellor House which has been endorsed by both the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Johannesburg Development Agency. That work has been displayed at Constitutional Hill, the Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg Development Agency, and WITS University. Sher was also selected as one of the top 20 South African artists to participate in the traveling We Love Mandela exhibition that appeared in London, Cape Town, Johannesburg, and other global cities.

 

GAIL JOSSELSOHN - NAMIBIA LIGHT

Oils on canvas, 35.5” x 47” // Starting Bid: $750

Gail has always been inspired by nature’s textures and colors. While on a Greek Island holiday, she discovered the art of silk painting. Upon her return to South Africa, she was the first silk painter to exhibit her works in the country at the Johannesburg Everard Read Gallery. She embraced the unusual medium with newfound boldness. Now based in Johannesburg, Gail enjoys teaching her techniques to eager students.

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LEBOGANG MABONE // A HOME CALLED “MARRY ME“

Acrylic on canvas, 36” x 48” // Starting Bid: $750

Lebogang was born 1955 in Mabopane, Gauteng. He is inspired by the vibrant atmosphere of daily life in an informal settlement, and frequently draws on his experiences to depict the unchanging conditions and simplicity found there. His paintings are an honest reflection of the joy of people, regardless of their challenging living conditions.

After completing his Fine and Applied Arts degree at Tshwane University of Technology, he participated in numerous group exhibitions and gallery shows. Newspapers like The Pretoria News and Sunday Times recognized Lebogang as a significant emerging artist.

 

MADISON POLLAK // MICK DEVIL

Mixed media and digital art, 30” x 30” // Starting Bid: $500

Madison Pollak is a 17 year old artist from Dallas, Texas. She strives to create thought-provoking artwork that is whimsical and fun. Maddy loves combining historic images, pop culture, and art history through the use of mixed media such as acrylics, digital art and collage. Maddy's passion is to create large-scale, photorealist paintings that creatively blur the distinction between photography and painting by altering a traditional picture and its content.

Her inspiration regarding the concepts behind her pieces come from pop culture and social injustice. She has already caught the eye of some of Dallas top designers and has an amazing future ahead.


 
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MANDI BREST // YOU SMILED, I FELL IN LOVE

Coffee ink and charcoal on paper in glass frame, 32.5” x 25” // Starting Bid: $250

Mandi Brest is an artist and art teacher born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. Exposed to art from a very young age, Brest found herself experimenting and employing a wide range of media and art styles.

After 7 years in the advertising industry, Brest left the corporate world to follow her dreams in art. To Brest, art is therapy, an outlet, a way to connect with others and transform lives. Now teaching over 100 children and adults per week, Brest enjoys watching artists grow creatively and emotionally.


 
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NICOLE KUECK // EXPLOSIVE LOVE

Acrylic and glitter on canvas, 40” x 30” // Starting Bid: $1,000

American artist Nicole Kueck is best known for her exquisite abstract expressions of her intense emotions. Her artwork is created by organic, psychedelic shapes and a brilliant, multidimensional palette.

She is currently living in New York, after graduating from Parsons: The New School with a BFA in Fashion Design. Her works are circulating around galleries in New York City. Nicole’s deeply feminine paintings are visual representations of her unbound spirit witnessing the unified human experience.


 
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TREVOR BEACH // THE JOKE

Acrylic and encaustic wax on hardwood, 23.75” x 31.5” // Starting Bid: $300

Trevor Beach was born in Zimbabwe in 1971. At the age of 12, he moved to South Africa with his parents and completed his schooling. After a successful career, Trevor left the corporate world in 2014 and is now a full-time Pastor and self-taught artist. He creates art which expresses feelings and takes the onlooker into another emotive stage. He believes that he was blessed with the gift of art in order to bring joy to others and inspire them to believe in their own talents.


 
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SIMON WEPENER // BLUE

Polyresin and oil on wood, 13.5” x 3” // Starting Bid: $250

Simon Wepener is a young South African artist completing her masters degree in Fine and Applied Arts at Tswhane University of Technology. She incorporates sculpting, drawing, and painting in her work to visualize the unacknowledged aesthetics of disability, thereby disrupting traditional visions of beauty.

She has enjoyed numerous group exhibitions in galleries like Johan Van Heerden, Trent, and the Pretoria Arts Association, contributing to a body of work that positively represents those with physical disabilities as subjects.


 
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THANDO NGWENYA // IMBOKODO KIMI

Acrylic and newspaper on paper in glass frame, 27.5” x 20.5” // Starting Bid: $150

Originally from KwaZulu Natal, Thando moved to Soweto to live with his sister after his parents passed away when he was seven years old. He is a self-taught artist working predominantly in pen and watercolours. His passion for his work is reflected in the masterful pieces he produces.

As a testament to his extraordinary talent, during the “2013 Black Like Us Exhibition” Thando was nominated “The Best Newcomer in the Watercolour Category. Thando exhibits in various galleries in and around Johannesburg. His works have been sold to numerous foreign and local art collectors.


 
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GIFT MAKHANYA // IKAHAYALETHU (OUR HOME)

Aluminum foil and acrylic on canvas in glass frame, 34.5” x 22.5” // Starting Bid: $500

Gift Makhanya is a young South African artist who focuses on nature and identity through the use of organic found materials, rusted pigments, and bright colors to depict an abstract feel. His intention is to manipulate the ways viewers negotiate opposing aspects of materials, especially recycled ones. Gift graduated with a diploma in fine art from the Tishwane University of Technology Arts in Pretoria, where he honed his signature use of foil and drip techniques.



 

TONI GOLDSTEIN // ENTANGLED

Acrylic on canvas, 36” x 30” // Starting Bid: $600

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Toni Goldstein is a self-taught artist who has experimented with different media from a young age. After giving art a break, at the age of 40 Toni began painting again. To her, art is a window into the artist’s soul where people will find hidden parts of themselves and the artist.

She is currently teaching art therapy to children and frequently completes commissions. Toni is a single mother of two gorgeous girls who inspire her daily to be a better artist and human being.

 
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BRONWYN KRAUS // LADY IN THE SHADOW

Acrylic on Canvas, 48” x 24” // Starting Bid: $1,250

Bronwyn Kraus is a South African visual artist living in Manhattan. Raised by an acclaimed specialist in antiques, art and collectables, she spent many of her childhood days after school and on weekends at her father’s place of business perusing a warehouse filled with magnificent artifacts, antiques, artworks and sculptures which she attributes to ultimately realizing her own passion for art. 

Bronwyn relocated to The States from South Africa in 2013 and works from her art studio in Long Island City. She paints portraits and figures with acrylic paint and watercolor. In addition to painting, Bronwyn has a passion for interior design, decorative arts and fashion design. 

 
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THOZAMA FIGLAN // THE BIRTH SERIES

4 works in glass frame, ink and watercolor on paper, 21“ x 20” // Starting Bid: $150

Born in Cape Town in 1986, Thozama was introduced to fine arts in 8th grade. After finishing her Fine Arts Diploma at Tswane University of Technology, she participated in group exibiitions at Art Lover and Trent Galleries. She draws her reality through her dreams combined with her everyday experiences. Her works center around the themes of pregnancy, faith, and African Spirituality.

 
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TYBELLA // TRIBAL OCHRE FACE

Oil, charcoals, and inks on specialist base cloth, 44.5” x 30.5” // Starting Bid: $600

Tybella’s knowledge and skill acquired over years has conceptualized and created this new direction of paintings, inspired by indigenous portrait images. The artist’s work is created using mixed media including oil paint, charcoals and inks on specialist base cloths. The artwork on display portrays a young Ethiopian man with an Ocher painted face. This tribe paints their faces and bodies before war and celebration.

 

SIGNED GLOVES

GENNADY GOLOVKIN

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OSCAR DE LA HOYA

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FLOYD MAYWEATHER

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