Bonhams to host exhibition featuring works of John Meyer
Bonhams has announced a forthcoming exhibition of work by John Meyer, South Africa's leading contemporary realist artist.
The exhibition, entitled 'Lost in the Dust', features a series of paintings telling the story of the Anglo-Boer War. Owned by Louis Norval, a South African art collector, the paintings will be exhibited outside of Africa for the first time when they arrive in London next week.
"John Meyer is without doubt the leading exponent of South African realist art," said Giles Peppiatt, Director of South African art at Bonhams. "These fifteen paintings are fascinating in that they marry his absolute mastery of landscape with his great theme of the tragedy of war. This exhibition will bring Meyer to the attention of a much wider audience which is what he deserves."
"It is evident that over the last 20 years, South Africa has witnessed major political, social and cultural change," said Norval. "So, from this perspective, it is easy to dismiss the Anglo-Boer war of 1899 as a distant historical occurrence that has no bearing on contemporary life. But, I am convinced that John Meyer's 'Lost in the Dust' series reveal what an error this is. Being the descendant of Boer and British ancestors, the artist depicts the story from both sides. These are not works of dry fact; rather, vivid explorations of how it must have felt to be involved in the conflict."
Prior to the exhibition, Bonhams will host the special auction of another John Meyer work, depicting the Waterberg region in South Africa. Donated by the artist himself, the sale will raise funds for Tusk, the African wildlife conservation organisation.
"We are delighted that John Meyer has donated a unique, never before seen piece in aid of conservation and protection of wildlife," said Charlie Mayhew, CEO of Tusk. "At Tusk we work to forge a link between the preservation of Africa's natural heritage, its landscapes and wildlife, and the future of its land and people. It is this inextricable relationship, between a nation and its land, that attracted us to this project and we look forward to the reception."
The 'Lost in the Dust' exhibition is on view at Bonhams in London from July 22-30, before heading to for display in Edinburgh from August 11-20.
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