Deborah Bell


Charioteer II & III, 2016


55 x 22 x 16 cm

53 x 19 x 16 cm

Edition 1 of 12

Sold For £19,000


Deborah Bell (b. 1957)

Deborah Bell is one of South Africa’s most acclaimed contemporary artists. She works in a range of media on canvas and paper and is renowned for her bronze sculptures, from the delicate to the monumental. Her earlier, more political work - which included collaborations with her peers, William Kentridge and Robert Hodgins - has given way to a broader, deeper investigation into the border between mortality and immortality, matter and spirit, presence and absence, the grounded and the transcendent.

In her iconography Bell draws from a range of cultures (African, Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, early Christian and European) and a range of philosophies (particularly the Buddhist preoccupation with stillness). All her art works towards the Zen mark: the single gesture of absolute presence. Her quest is ongoing and has left in its wake a series of powerful, totemic images that seem part of what W.B. Yeats described as the collective soul of the universe containing the memories of all time – Spiritus Mundi.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

15 September 2017 - 14 October 2017 • London, UK
Bronze, Steel & Stone Group Exhibition - Presented by Everard Read

30 November 2017 - Mid January 2018  Johannesburg, SA
Summer Sculpture Exhibition - Presented by Everard Read