ARTIANA debuts Modern and Contemporary African art in Art Beyond Borders Dubai auction

ARTIANA presents the first selection of Modern and Contemporary African art within the upcoming Art Beyond Borders sale from March 28 – 31. This serves as a preview to the auction house’s long-term dedication to showcasing work by African artists.

Art Beyond Borders is an auction sale comprising works by established and mid-career artists from Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, the Indian subcontinent and South-East Asia, focused on cross-pollination of art. The sale of 40 lots highlights an African art section presenting works by artists Kofi Agorsor (Ghana), Ablade Glover (Ghana), Ato Delaquis (Ghana), and, Muraina Oyelami (Nigeria).

ARTIANA is an online auction house that provides a credible and engaging auction platform sans boundaries, whilst redefining and streamlining the transactional process. It delivers to a global audience the excitement of art auctions through the convenient medium of the internet together with the benefits of Dubai’s business friendly environment, thereby creating a worthwhile opportunity for international collectors.

There is no buyer’s premium charged in the sale, so what you bid is what you pay. Registrations to bid in the sale can be done at www.artiana.com from March 28 – 31, 2019.

For further details, please email: africanart@artiana.com.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Kofi Agorsor (b. 1970)

Born in Accra in 1970, Kofi Agorsor is a contemporary artist from Ghana. He initially studied Architecture for two years before switching to Art at the Accra Ankles College of Art, where he obtained his degree in 1993. In his paintings, Agorsor uses bold and vibrant colors to reflect the daily lives of people in Ghana. His subject matter borders on the generic but rendered often in a buoyant, semi-abstract and witty manner. He has participated in several solo and group exhibitions, as well as auctions both locally and internationally.

Ato Delaquis (b. 1945)

Born in Cape Coast in 1945, Ato Delaquis is one of Ghana’s foremost artist. He was one of the leading  figures of the Ghanaian Renaissance and is known for his iconic paintings of horsemen, landscapes, as well as abstract works. As a prolific draughtsman, he has worked in a wide variety of media including prints, watercolor, and etchings. Ato Delaquis has exhibited widely and his works are in private collections in Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Australia.

Ablade Glover (b. 1934)

Ablade Glover is a Ghanaian artist and educator, regarded as a seminal figure on the West African art scene. He founded the Glover’s Artists Alliance Gallery in 1993 to showcase emerging talents and bring international attention to traditional and contemporary African art. He is a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London and a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.Glover has exhibited widely over several decades, and his work is held in many prestigious private and public collections, including at the Imperial Palace of Japan, the UNESCO headquarters in Paris and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Muraina Oyelami (b. 1940)

Muraina Oyelami was born in Iragbiji, Nigeria in 1940. Known as a master painter and as a great performing artist, he is one of the original products of the Oshogbo Art School. He studied at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife specializing in Theater Design, where he later taught traditional music from 1975 to 1987. Before his career in art, Oyelami was a founding member of the late Duro Ladipo Theatre Company performing as an actor and musician. Some of his works are in the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Staatlichen Kunsthalle, Berlin; National Gallery of Modern Art, Lagos, Nigeria; IWALEWA- Haus, University of Bayreuth, Germany; Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.; and Institute of Contemporary Arts, London among others.

Auction Catalogue – Art Beyond Borders – March 28 – 31, 2019

ARTIANA – Highlights – Lot 7 – Art Beyond Borders – African, Middle Eastern and Asian Art – Online Auction – No Buyer’s Premium

Khaled Ben Slimane (b. 1951) – Untitled – 2000 – 34 x 16 in. (86.4 x 40.6 cm.) – ink, gouache and pencil on paper – Lot 7

Khaled Ben Slimane is a renowned sculptor and painter whose artistic practice comes from his quest for spirituality. His creative pursuit spanned the gamut of exploration; from time, the universe, space, and the mystical quality of symbols and signs. He reutilized traditional ways and materials such as canvas, bronze, wood, paper, and ceramics.

Hailing from Tunisia, he’s one of the numerous artists from the region that explored the precise dimension of signs and symbols, drawing from Berber motifs and the rich Islamic heritage. Traditionally, the symbols were painted on walls of villages and homes for their healing quality and to embody magical attributes that guard against evil and misfortunes. 

By invoking their aesthetic qualities, using them in organic compositions or expanding on their mystical properties, he combines traditional symbols from the Berber culture with Andalusian themes to create abstract work that references the past and present. 

Here, employing graphism Slimane synthesize new symbols from old forms to produce new meanings in a distinctive style reflective of his interest in different cultures. Also present in this work are his signature elements – the calligraphy that gives movement to his work and the repetitive colors – ochre and gold which were inspired by the masters he worked with in the past and contribute to his overall composition.

Auction Catalogue – Art Beyond Borders – March 28 – 31, 2019

ARTIANA – Highlights – Lot 2 – Art Beyond Borders – African, Middle Eastern and Asian Art – Online Auction – No Buyer’s Premium

Ablade Glover (b. 1934) – Untitled (Yellow Woman ) – 1992 – 36 x 24 in. (91.4 x 61 cm.) – Oil on canvas – Lot 2

Ablade Glover is one of Ghana’s acclaimed artists and regarded as a seminal figure on the West African art scene. Having been trained in Ghana, Britain and the United States, his artistic exploration conveys aesthetic acculturation of complex African representations fused with western modes of artistic expression. 

Glover preferred to work on urban subjects like market places, lorry parks, shanty towns, urban spaces crowded with ordinary people, and studies on the women of Ghana showcasing the visual richness of the continent while linking modern Ghana with the mythological past of the African tradition.

The current lot is a vibrant oil painting, part of Glover’s profile series which illustrates Ghanaian women in profile, rendered in hues of yellow. Part of his signature is the depiction of the woman in a stylized yet recognizable rendition of reality, swirling between abstraction and realism. Also evident is the “wet into wet” technique using thick application of paint that results in a textured finish that Glover is known for.

Movement and energy are emphasized in the vigorous palette knife application and the thick impasto that he employs in his works. Gestures are transformed into jagged lines accentuated by frenzied pop of colors to emphasize a sense of activity and motion, while his choice of colors reflect the bright colors and textures of Ghanaian fabric and textile. An element of pointillism is also present in his work where you have to stand back from the scenes, in order for the shapes, tones, and colors, to blend into each other.

“Glover’s paintings radiate both movement and color. Using a palette knife in place of a brush, and starting with simple shapes, his paintings accumulate weight by a process of repetitive strokes, which create surprisingly dynamic images out of seemingly static planes. What appears to be a brilliantly executed abstraction at close quarters suddenly comes into a magical focus on retreat from the canvas, and a seemingly chaotic tangle of colors[…]” (Africa Now! Emerging Talents from a Continent on the Move exhibition catalogue, Washington DC, 2007, p.102)

Auction Catalogue – Art Beyond Borders – March 28 – 31, 2019

ARTIANA – Highlights – Lot 12 – Art Beyond Borders – African, Middle Eastern and Asian Art – Online Auction – No Buyer’s Premium

Bobur Ismoilov (b. 1973) – ‘Behind-the-scenes’ – 2012 – 35.5 x 35.5 in. (90 x 90 cm.) – Oil on canvas – Lot 12

Bobur Ismoilov is one of Uzbekistan’s premier artists, His works explore the depths of human nature and are deeply rooted in the Uzbek culture. He takes components from theatre, illustration, opera, ballet, and video installations for his oil-on-canvas creations.

Ismoilov has a deep affection for the theatre, particularly since it dates from antiquity in Uzbekistan. He directed the musical play “The Tricks of Nasreddin” at the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet (1997) and worked at the Republic Puppet Theatre and the Theatre of Drama from 1997 to 2000. Having had this background from the performing arts, some of his works drew inspiration from theatre including the present work. Explaining the symbolism of his work Ismoilov alluded, “I paint from my heart and soul. The scenes reflect episodes around me. There is no particular philosophy in what I show — it is only the world around me!”

Auction Catalogue – Art Beyond Borders – March 28 – 31, 2019

ARTIANA – Highlights – Lot 15 – Art Beyond Borders – African, Middle Eastern and Asian Art – Online Auction – No Buyer’s Premium

Timur D’Vatz (b. 1968) – ‘Falconers’ – 2012 – Oil on canvas – 51.25 x 51.25 in. (130 x 130 cm.) – Lot 15

Drawing inspiration from ancient histories, early Byzantine art, medieval tapestries, and mythology Timur D’Vatz produces dreamlike creations featuring the timeless metaphor of hunting.  

He used the motifs of dogs and falconers to emphasize the ancient theme of a hunt. Here, he depicts the figure of a hunter with the pointed hat of a magician or shaman ready for the sacred ritual. The gold colored hunting robes emphasize the idea of the ceremony while the birds of prey perched on the arm and the dog posed with overarching necks give a sense of movement gutepotenz.de. The concept, widely held among hunting people and often found in prehistoric art referred to them as the master of the animals. 

Early Russian icons influence the elongated forms of the figures as seen here. The use of golden colors reflects the traditional gold ornamentation of Uzbekistan. D’Vatz masterfully merges the ancient culture and traditions of Central Asia to create a powerfully iconic image.

Auction Catalogue – Art Beyond Borders – March 28 – 31, 2019

ARTIANA – Highlights – Lot 16 – Art Beyond Borders – African, Middle Eastern and Asian Art – Online Auction – No Buyer’s Premium

Manu Parekh (b. 1939) – ‘Banaras in Monsoon’ – 2014 – acrylic on canvas – 24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm.) – Lot 16

The paradoxes that exist in the relationship between man and nature lies at the heart of Manu Parekh’s Banaras. As a continuation of the artist’s fascination for the intriguing contradictions that lie within the holy city, issues of mortality and the temporal nature of all existence are referenced in his colorful landscapes. 

On his Banaras inspired paintings, Manu Parekh said, “I had always wanted to create a truly Indian landscape, and in Banaras I found the inspiration and the symbols to create one. A darker landscape, but with patches of brightness; fearful, crowded with uncertainties but full of faith. A landscape with both bright colors and solemnity; teeming with human energy yet with underlying quietude. I was painting, perhaps, the riddle of faith, by simultaneously depicting incompatible experiences.”

A common motif of his Banaras is the ubiquitous temples and shrines. The lights emanating from them provides Parekh the imagery and symbols to create dramatic compositions. To frame a slight change in the mood, he depicts Banaras in different lightings and seasons. Aptly titled, the current piece is Manu Parekh’s depiction of the Banaras landscape in the monsoon season.

Auction Catalogue – Art Beyond Borders – March 28 – 31, 2019

ARTIANA – Highlights – Lot 13 – Art Beyond Borders – African, Middle Eastern and Asian Art – Online Auction – No Buyer’s Premium

Javlon Umarbekov (b. 1946) – ‘Tuareg Family’ – 1979 – acrylic on canvas – 47.25 x 41.25 in. (120 x 105 cm.) – Lot 13

Javlon Umarbekov uses art as a means of crossing thresholds between the East and the West, bridging cultural and even religious and political divides. Relying on traditional images and themes, his work exudes authenticity and verity. 

Here, he employs his individual interpretation of Cubist style in bright and resonant colors while reflecting on the unique history and heritage of the Tuareg people. Inspired by his travels in the Algiers, home to some of the Tuareg people, he depicts a Tuareg family in a rich blue color. Colloquially known as the “Blue people of the Sahara” because of the color of their traditional robes and veils, the Tuaregs wear this as a symbolic and important part of their cultural identity. This blue colored garment, Tagelmust, stain their skins and lend it a bluish color emphasized here by the artist. By incorporating oriental and occidental aesthetics with a rich cultural narrative, he transforms his work into a visual vocabulary that is truly his own.

Auction Catalogue – Art Beyond Borders – March 28 – 31, 2019

ARTIANA announces Art Beyond Borders auction | No Buyer’s Premium | 28 – 31 March 2019

Artiana announces its first auction for the year slated for March 28-31, 2019. Aptly titled, Art Beyond Borders, the sale will be the auction house’s inaugural international sale. It will feature 40 lots in total from artists from 15 different countries across the world. Estimates ranging from USD 600 to USD 20,000 for works in various and wide range of media will be available.

The cover lot is an untitled work by leading Middle Eastern artist, Mahmoud Hammad estimated at USD 20,000, other entries of Middle Eastern art include works by renowned painter and sculptor, Khaled Ben Slimane and French-Iraqi calligraphist, Hassan Massoudy. Also featured are Korean and Vietnamese art with a strong selection of contemporary works from leading artists alongside works from established Uzbekistan masters Bakhodir Jalal, Bobur Ismoilov, and Javlon Umarbekov.

A sculpture from South African based Bulgarian artist Rado Kirov together with works from popular African artists Ablade Glover and Kofi Agorsor, Indian modernists S.H. Raza and Paritosh Sen will also go under the hammer among others. 

The collection will be sold through an online auction at www.artiana.com from March 28 (9 am) through March 31st (9:00 pm) UAE time with a No Buyer’s Premium policy in an essentially ‘What You Bid Is What You Pay’ format. FlexiPay which allow buyers to ‘Bid Now Pay Later’ will also be available for eligible clients. (FlexiPay scheme details are available on the website.)

The catalogue can be viewed online, and viewings can be arranged by prior appointment. Collectors may place bids at ARTIANA’s website, or through the mobile app available on both Google Play for Android and the App Store for Apple devices.

For information on how to register and bid, visit their website at www.artiana.com; For assistance and inquiries, call Artiana’s Help Desk at +971 55 815 3030 or write to info@artiana.com

Auction Catalogue – Art Beyond Borders – March 28 – 31, 2019

Indian artwork sales rise 21.6% in 2018, SH Raza tops charts with Tapovan

Published January 14, 2019 (moneycontrol.com), by Tasmayee Laha Roy

With the economic outlook for 2019 remaining tentative, the Indian art industry is certain to witness a strong amount of trading

Art works brought India a reason to cheer in 2018 as sales recorded a 21.6 percent rise. According to the Artery India Annual Market Report 2018, out of 1,559 works up for sale in 2018, 1469 fetched Rs 685 crore. In 2017, out of 1,902 Indian artworks that went up for sale across the world, only 1680 got sold clocking sales worth Rs 563 crore.

“2018 has been a strong year, with sales reviving following the previous year’s slump that was recorded in the wake of demonetisation. The turnover also benefited from the comparatively richer quality of work consigned for sale in auction. The private sales domain recorded major activity, with the highest volume of sales in the past four years,” said Arvind Vijaymohan, CEO at Artery India, an art intelligence firm.

The top artist of 2018, was modern artist SH Raza with 67 artworks of his being sold for Rs 98 crore in the year gone by. Raza’s most expensive artwork sale was done by Christie’s at New York. The acrylic on canvas called Tapovan was sold for Rs 29 crore.

Online drive

Interestingly, online sales brought in more money than offline sale in 2018. While the turnover from online sale of Indian artwork stood at Rs 339 crore that from offline sales was Rs 318 crore. A lot of online auction houses across the world gained from this new wave of online sales in 2018. Out of 716 works offered online, 657 were sold. On the other hand close to 97 per cent of the 843 Indian art work offered on sale offline were sold.

Dubai’s online Indian artwork selling platform Artiana is an example. ARTIANA’s total auction sales in 2018, for their two South Asian Art auctions crossed the USD 3.5 million mark.

“Continued growth and engagement of new clients from within UAE, and India as well as other parts of the world, including many first-time buyers were equal contributors to the overall sales. Highest prices were bid for paintings by M.F. Husain’s Trinity of Mother Teresa ($320,000) and ‘Arjun and Sudarshan Chakra‘ (USD 300,000), works of other artists S.H. Raza and F.N. Souza performed well in the auction confirming the continued demand of modern Indian art,” said Lavesh Jagasia, managing director at Artiana.

2019 outlook 

“With the economic outlook for 2019 remaining tentative, the Indian art industry is certain to witness a strong amount of trading. In the scenario of the market slumping, there is certain to be a high level of distressed acquisitions, that will be conducted in the private sales channel. If the market holds, the surge in prices of the top 16 Modernists will continue its upward ascent, following after the charts from 2013 to current date,” added Vijaymohan.

ARTIANA’s auction sales turnover cross USD 3.5 million in 2018

Dubai – ARTIANA’s total auction sales in 2018 crossed the USD 3.5 million mark after the conclusion of the South Asian Art ‘Classical, Modern and Contemporary’ sale on 10 December 2018, which realized USD 1.8 million and achieved sell-through rates of 92% by lot and 102% by value.  schweizer-apotheke.de/

The first of the two South Asian Art auctions held in May was Artiana’s first white glove sale with a 100% sell-though rates and 111% of the total lot value sold. Both auctions were held with Artiana’s ‘No Buyer’s premium’ policy ensuring the minimum transaction cost for both buyers and sellers.

Growth continues

Continued growth and engagement of clients from within UAE, India, and other parts of the world – many of them first-time buyers, were equal contributors to the overall sales.

Highest prices were bid for paintings by M.F. Husain – ‘Trinity of Mother Teresa’ (USD 320,000) and ‘Arjun and Sudarshan Chakra’ (USD 300,000). Work of artists S.H. Raza and F.N. Souza also performed well in the auctions confirming the continued demand for modern Indian art.

Other established modernists Sakti Burman, Krishen Khanna and Ram Kumar completed the top ten list of highest prices realized.

Sculptures and company paintings attracted good interest from collectors throughout the year and opened up the accessibility of this genre to enthusiasts in the region.

Exceptional prices for Zarina Hashmi’s pieces were achieved on the back of increased demand for her works. The artist’s delicately executed prints, crafted through handmade paper, have become one of the most sought-after pieces for contemporary art collectors. Zarina and other leading printmakers work will be showcased in our upcoming Prints and Multiples Art Auction in early 2019. 

Future plans and engagement

The increase in the overall sell-through rate cements Artiana’s presence in the South Asian auction calendar whilst concluding another year of successful sales.

With its expanding client base and continued diversification across collecting categories, clients can look forward to rare pieces and wide range of artworks in the following year. Artiana’s line-up include Prints and Multiples, South Asian Art and Art Beyond Borders Auctions for 2019. For more details, visit the website at www.artiana.com.