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)
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A Resting Hare (White)
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A Reclining Hare Reading a Lime Green Book 
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A Reclining Hare Reading a Red Book
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A Reclining Hare Reading a Dark Green Book
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A Hare Reading a Red Book
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A Hare Reading a Blue Book
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A Cross-Legged Hare – Green
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A Hare with an Eye-Patch
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An Antelope on a Green Sponge Base
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An Antelope on a Lime Green Base
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An Antelope Resting
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A Striped Antelope
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A Black Panther
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A Reclining Hound – Lilac
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A Reclining Hound – Blue
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A Reclining Hound – Green
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Hannes "Basie" Gerhadus

A Large Hare
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A Happy Horse
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A Circus Lion
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A Black & White Monkey
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A Black and White Kangaroo and Joey
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A Seated Rabbit
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A Seated Monkey
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A Seated Dog
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A Hunting Dog with Ochre Decoration
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A Hunting Dog
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A Terrified Pig I
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A Terrified Pig II
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A Warthog in White I
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A Warthog in White Ii
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Two Seated Male Figures 
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Adam and Eve
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Rueben Manuel

A Set of Four Lime Green Plates
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A Two-Handled Vase with Spots
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A Man Riding an Equid
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A Man Waiting with His Dogs
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Mexicano Da Pointers

A Seated Female Figure
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A Seated Female Figure – Side View

A Griffin
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Warthog
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A Seated Gorilla
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A Seated Satyr
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Commemorative Mugs

R350 each

Inscribed with:

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

Inscribed with:

“Corona Virus Pandemic”, Sold

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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

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Inscribed with:

“ANOTHER DAY”, sold

Inscribed with:

“SUN RISE GOLD”, sold

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Inscribed with:

“EARLIEST BIRDS”, sold

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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
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A Pair of Lizards on a Rock with Blue Protrusions
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Past Exhibitions at The Voorkamer Gallery

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A Solo Exhibition by Ludwich Olivier

Kwesbaar

In die begin was daar niks. Die aarde bleek naas bleik.

A Calitzdorp Menagerie

A Group Exhibition by Bradley Beginsel, Hannes “Basie” Gerhardus, Jakob Wagenaar, Maxicano da Pointers, Imeldo “Melvin” Wagenaar, Nico Nieuwenhuis and Ruben Manuel.