South African artist Shakil Solanki is deeply inspired by classical Eastern art. Often using a blue color pallet, the artist explores themes of emotion juxtaposed with a sense of indifference. His dreamlike subject matter evokes an unparalleled dynamism confronting the viewer with overwhelming mysticism and and a sense of slight malaise.
Shakil Solanki was born in 1997 in Cape Town where he proceeded to complete an undergraduate degree at the Michaelis School of Fine Art. Upon graduating, the artist was the recipient of the Simon Gerson Award and the Katrine Harries Print Cabinet Award. He has since been apart of various exhibitions including his first solo exhibition at WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery in Cape Town at the end of 2020.
Latitudes will be co-curating Artnet Auctions’ second Africa Present sale, an auction designed to highlight the work of up-and-coming as well as established artists from the African continent.
Artnet is a leading resource for buying, selling, and researching art online. Founded in 1989, the online platform has revolutionised the way people discover and collect art today. “Latitudes is thrilled to be able to partner with a giant of the industry, in order to both broaden the collector base for art from Africa and set values for contemporary, living artists on the auction market,” says Lucy MacGarry, co-founder of Latitudes Online.
The Africa Present auction, a partnership between Artnet and Africa First by Serge Tiroche, is a dynamic initiative that uses the reach, contacts, and capabilities of Artnet’s global art marketplace to raise awareness about contemporary artists from Africa. In a forward-thinking bid to feature artists across all career stages, the auction lots are categorised into three sections: Meet, Support and Invest.
Participating artists for the Meet selection include, among others: Cinthia Sifa Mulanga, Lwando Dlamini, Kimathi Mafafo, Manyaku Mashilo, Sthenjwa Luthuli and Shakil Solanki.
Bidders can also expect to find notable works by artists such as Bouvy Enkobo, Dennis Muraguri, Ablade Glover, and Joseph Ntensibe in the Support and Invest sections of the sale.
August 31 - September 14, 2021
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