The Nguni scene: $8000. Art on Giraffe bone (75 cm). Oil paint, etched into giraffe bone. @the.luxury.art.veil
lightly etching a hard surface using a sharpened needle instrument and then filling it with oil paint, and repeating the process over and over while simultaneously balancing the depth of the engraving, and the shade of colours to form an image and ultimately create art. Rare and takes years to master and patience to perform correctly. At this level there is no room for practice, so we sought masters of African art techniques to create 'fine art on bone', a style of art similar to the Chinese Ivory carvings and the Japanese Netsuke figures; Advanced and modern yet rich in history and heritage. This art style is generally unforgiving because once a scratch is made on the bone it cannot be undone, any mistake will be exposed at the next step - the filling with oil paint of the engraved area. You’re waiting for stars to align.
The bones are treated to kill any living micro-organisms, all this is done in a way that allows the art to remain authentic. I would expect that in years to come this particular piece would be a piece for galleries and museums. Whether private or public? That's up to the buyer.
Art, fundamentally, must provide an escape from one's physical reality into another realm, state, or place - to hear, touch, experience and fully live in that space. In this regard, Southern Africa, more specifically South Africa the home of the Nguni clans, the Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Swazi.
The figures seem to be transforming even though they are still; the artist's style is in two places at once (transitional), bringing the figures of real men into slight animation. Thus a transition into a dream state.
Also interesting is the detail in the bone, a juxtapositional portrayal is created... Shipping from South Africa
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Rue des Pierres, Bruxelles.
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