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Cinga Samson

Lot 32
Hliso Street V
oil on canvas

80 x 60 cm

Lot 32
Hliso Street V
oil on canvas
80,0 x 60,0 cm

估计: R 2.000.000 - 3.000.000
€ 100.000 - 151.000
拍卖: -117 天

Strauss & Co.

城市: Cape Town
拍卖: 19.02.2024
拍卖编号: 20240219
拍卖名称: Curatorial Voices: African Landscapes, Past and Present

拍品信息
Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, blank projects booth, 17 to 19 February 2017.
blank projects, Cape Town, 2017.

Private Collection.
Ancestral memory courses through the magical portraiture of Cinga Samson. Both of the artist's parents have passed on; only his father, who died in 2020, was witness to his extraordinary rise to international prominence. Samson has consistently invoked the memory of his parents in his celebrated portraiture, most notably in a formative suite of five works titled Hliso Street, of which this lot was the final instalment. Started in 2016, shortly after he turned 30, the Hliso Street series was explicitly devoted to the artist's mother, who died in 2003. Rendered in his signature dark palette, Samson described this series as honouring 'my mother's aspirations for me and her instructions.'1

Samson spent much of his youth living in the Mthatha area of the Eastern Cape. He has spoken of how his mother planted a hedge of flamboyant canna lilies as a boundary marker at their rural home.2 Blooms were also displayed in the family home. His stepmother shared this love for flowers. After a period working in an expressionistic style redolent of Xolile Mtakatya, his earliest painting mentor, Samson worked on a series of still life and vanitas paintings. These paintings provided a testing ground for his technical experiments with form, tone and material, including glazes, as well as enabled him to synthesise influences such as urban Black culture and Western genre painting into a coherent aesthetic. The series Lord Forgive Me for My Sins 'Cause Here I Come (2015), currently on view in Samson's early-career survey at Norval Foundation, is indicative: it references Dutch Golden Age painting, Paul Cezanne and rapper Tupac Shakur.

The Hliso Street series of portraits are an important bridge between Samson's neo-baroque experiments in a popular Cape painterly subject - flowers - and his career-defining portraits. Dreamy and surreal, the Hliso Street series established the template for Samson's frontal portraits depicting raffish young men with pupil-less eyes bearing flowers posed in verdant landscapes. Commenting on these new works in a contemporaneous review, a critic highlighted the vibrant colours - in this lot scarlet, golden yellow and pink - appearing through the murk of Samson's scenography. 'These paintings are, of course, not purely representational,' added the critic, 'they are not figurative studies, but rather representations of an absence, of a body half-forgotten, only able to be depicted by its silhouette and those decisively recognisable human commonalities of lips, hands and the whites of the eyes.'3

This lot is notable in Samson's overall output of single-subject portraits for its wholly unworked face. The head and neck area emerge as a dark extrusion of undifferentiated chocolatey browns from the lavishly detailed body of the subject. At the time, Samson was still experimenting with his figures. The Modigliani-like eyes without pupils for which he is now widely known featured in only some of the Hliso Street works. Samson's portraiture was the source of near-instant acclaim. In 2018, his 80 by 60cm portraits, priced each at $10 000, quickly sold out at the Armory Show in New York. A solo booth at Art Basel at Miami Beach achieved the same outcome. Buzz around Samson's oneiric portraits remains unwavering.

1. Rahel Aima (2020) Mousse Magazine, 'The Language of Flowers: Cinga Samson', online, 2 July: https://www.moussemagazine.it/magazine/cinga-samson-rahel-aima-2020/
2. Media release (2016) for exhibition Figure, blank projects, Cape Town, online, https://blankprojects.com/Figure
3. M Thesen Law (2017) Adjective, 'Requisite Corpse: The Dirty Monster of Dr. Frankenstein', online, 6 January: http://www.adjective.online/2017/01/06/requisite-corpse-m-thesen-law/
Lot Details
Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, blank projects booth, 17 to 19 February 2017.
blank projects, Cape Town, 2017.

Private Collection.
Ancestral memory courses through the magical portraiture of Cinga Samson. Both of the artist's parents have passed on; only his father, who died in 2020, was witness to his extraordinary rise to international prominence. Samson has consistently invoked the memory of his parents in his celebrated portraiture, most notably in a formative suite of five works titled Hliso Street, of which this lot was the final instalment. Started in 2016, shortly after he turned 30, the Hliso Street series was explicitly devoted to the artist's mother, who died in 2003. Rendered in his signature dark palette, Samson described this series as honouring 'my mother's aspirations for me and her instructions.'1

Samson spent much of his youth living in the Mthatha area of the Eastern Cape. He has spoken of how his mother planted a hedge of flamboyant canna lilies as a boundary marker at their rural home.2 Blooms were also displayed in the family home. His stepmother shared this love for flowers. After a period working in an expressionistic style redolent of Xolile Mtakatya, his earliest painting mentor, Samson worked on a series of still life and vanitas paintings. These paintings provided a testing ground for his technical experiments with form, tone and material, including glazes, as well as enabled him to synthesise influences such as urban Black culture and Western genre painting into a coherent aesthetic. The series Lord Forgive Me for My Sins 'Cause Here I Come (2015), currently on view in Samson's early-career survey at Norval Foundation, is indicative: it references Dutch Golden Age painting, Paul Cezanne and rapper Tupac Shakur.

The Hliso Street series of portraits are an important bridge between Samson's neo-baroque experiments in a popular Cape painterly subject - flowers - and his career-defining portraits. Dreamy and surreal, the Hliso Street series established the template for Samson's frontal portraits depicting raffish young men with pupil-less eyes bearing flowers posed in verdant landscapes. Commenting on these new works in a contemporaneous review, a critic highlighted the vibrant colours - in this lot scarlet, golden yellow and pink - appearing through the murk of Samson's scenography. 'These paintings are, of course, not purely representational,' added the critic, 'they are not figurative studies, but rather representations of an absence, of a body half-forgotten, only able to be depicted by its silhouette and those decisively recognisable human commonalities of lips, hands and the whites of the eyes.'3

This lot is notable in Samson's overall output of single-subject portraits for its wholly unworked face. The head and neck area emerge as a dark extrusion of undifferentiated chocolatey browns from the lavishly detailed body of the subject. At the time, Samson was still experimenting with his figures. The Modigliani-like eyes without pupils for which he is now widely known featured in only some of the Hliso Street works. Samson's portraiture was the source of near-instant acclaim. In 2018, his 80 by 60cm portraits, priced each at $10 000, quickly sold out at the Armory Show in New York. A solo booth at Art Basel at Miami Beach achieved the same outcome. Buzz around Samson's oneiric portraits remains unwavering.

1. Rahel Aima (2020) Mousse Magazine, 'The Language of Flowers: Cinga Samson', online, 2 July: https://www.moussemagazine.it/magazine/cinga-samson-rahel-aima-2020/
2. Media release (2016) for exhibition Figure, blank projects, Cape Town, online, https://blankprojects.com/Figure
3. M Thesen Law (2017) Adjective, 'Requisite Corpse: The Dirty Monster of Dr. Frankenstein', online, 6 January: http://www.adjective.online/2017/01/06/requisite-corpse-m-thesen-law/
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