The School of Hylton Nel

A Group Exhibition n. Melvin, Basie, Jacobus, Mexicano and Reuben have become members of the unofficial ‘School of Nel" where each artist has channeled and transferred the bold beauty of Hylton’s work into their own vision and interpretation..
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An introduction by Isaac Benigson.

Growing up, my parents would make an annual pilgrimage from London to Calitzdorp to visit their beloved friend and ceramic artist – Hylton Nel. Situated in the Klein Karoo, Hylton’s home was always cool, a welcome respite from the African sun, and is one that I have grown to love over the many years of visiting him. Filled with objects, paintings, students, books and artefacts, the house becomes a metaphor, or an intimate portrait of Hylton as artist, collector and in the later part of his career – tutor.

A master of the ceramic tradition himself, the subjects of Hylton’s ceramic work know no bounds. His passion for the manipulation of clay has extended not just around the world to find themselves in important collections, but this spirit has also been handed down, and encouraged, in a small circle of local artists who live in his dusty, arid town. Melvin, Basie, Jacobus, Mexicano and Reuben have become members of the unofficial ‘School of Nel” where each artist has channeled and transferred the bold beauty of Hylton’s work into their own vision and interpretation. It is worth remembering the late Nico Masemola who too was instructed by Nel in his studio, and who went on to have enormous success as an artist in his own right.

As an artist myself, I too am one of many who have been influenced by Hylton’s work and his extensive and varied points of visual and artistic reference. The examples are endless: a 19th century Staffordshire figure, a transitional Ming blue and white vase, the 2020 Presidential elections or a poem by Stevie Smith. These references, which Hylton himself borrowed are now passed down to a new generation of artists who interpret his forms and glazes in a new and fresh spirit. Although created by different artists, the work exhibited speaks in the same language. They all seem to be united by a certain vagabondish elegance and reveal a continued conversation between historical examples of the past, Hylton’s contemporary work and the future pieces made by his students.

Imeldo "Melvin" Wagenaar

A Resting Hare (With Added Colour)
R3 750,
sold

A Resting Hare (White)
R3 750

A Reclining Hare Reading a Lime Green Book 
R1 500,
sold

A Reclining Hare Reading a Red Book
R1 500,
sold

A Reclining Hare Reading a Dark Green Book
R1 500,
sold

A Hare Reading a Red Book
R1 750,
sold

A Hare Reading a Blue Book
R2 000,
sold

A Cross-Legged Hare – Green
R1 500,
sold

A Hare with an Eye-Patch
R2 750, sold

An Antelope on a Green Sponge Base
R2 000,
sold

An Antelope on a Lime Green Base
R2 750, sold

An Antelope Resting
R1 250, sold

A Striped Antelope
R2 000,
sold

A Black Panther
R2 750, sold

A Reclining Hound – Lilac
R3 000,
sold

A Reclining Hound – Blue
R2 250, sold

A Reclining Hound – Green
R2 250, sold

Hannes "Basie" Gerhadus

A Large Hare
R4 000,
sold

A Happy Horse
R1 500, sold

A Circus Lion
R2 250, sold

A Black & White Monkey
R1 500, sold

A Black and White Kangaroo and Joey
R1 500, sold

A Seated Rabbit
R1 500, sold

A Seated Monkey
R1 750, sold

A Seated Dog
R1 750, sold

A Hunting Dog with Ochre Decoration
R2 500, sold

A Hunting Dog
R2 500, sold

A Terrified Pig I
R1 750, sold

A Terrified Pig II
R1 750, sold

A Warthog in White I
R1 500, sold

A Warthog in White Ii
R1 500

Two Seated Male Figures 
R2 250, sold

Adam and Eve
R2 250

Rueben Manuel

A Set of Four Lime Green Plates
R5 000, sold

A Two-Handled Vase with Spots
R2 000

A Man Riding an Equid
R3 250, sold

A Man Waiting with His Dogs
R3 200, sold

Mexicano Da Pointers

A Seated Female Figure
R875

A Seated Female Figure – Side View

A Griffin
R1 250, sold

Warthog
R1 250, sold

A Seated Gorilla
R1 625, sold

A Seated Satyr
R1 625, sold

Commemorative Mugs

R350 each

Inscribed with:

“We have came to the end of a historical year 2020”, sold

Inscribed with:

“Corona Virus Pandemic”, Sold

sold

sold

Inscribed with:

“3 NOV. 2020 Election Day In America”, sold

Inscribed with:

“TRUMP VS BIDEN 2020”, sold

Inscribed with:

“2020 THE YEAR OF COVID”, Sold

sold

Inscribed with:

“ANOTHER DAY”, sold

Inscribed with:

“SUN RISE GOLD”, sold

sold

Inscribed with:

“EARLIEST BIRDS”, sold

sold

Jacobus Frans

A Lizard on a Blue Rock
R875, sold

A Lizard on a White Rock
R875, sold

A Pair of Lizards on a Rock
R1 125, sold

A Pair of Lizards on a Rock with Blue Protrusions
R1 125, sold

For all sales and inquiries,

please contact Chandler House:

 

info@chandlerhouse.co.za
(021) 424 4810

 

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