LOT 17: Andre Otto – Washboard

Bronze & Sandstone
15.5cm x 14cm x 13cm

Estimate: R3000 – R5000

Auction started 22 June 2023 8:00 am
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ZAR 0 ZAR 1900 ZAR 100
ZAR 2000 ZAR 4800 ZAR 200
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ZAR 10000 ZAR 19000 ZAR 1000
ZAR 20000 ZAR 48000 ZAR 2000
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ZAR 100000 ZAR 490000 ZAR 10000
ZAR 500000 ZAR 980000 ZAR 20000
ZAR 1000000+ ZAR 50000

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André Otto is a fulltime professional sculptor who has been working in bronze for the past twenty years. While finishing his degree in Fine Arts at the University of Pretoria, he also completed his third year in Archaeology.

As the bronze medium dictates, his works find their birth in wax, his medium of choice. Because of the flexibility and melting properties of wax, it enables the artist to produce a wide range of shapes and textures – being able to attach, melt and mould together almost any kind of form.

The artist finds most of his inspiration in exploring abstract form, as well as in the objects of pre–historic times, giving his work an almost ancient quality, as if it might have been buried underground for hundreds of years. When studying his work, one might be reminded of objects such as ploughs, worker tools, primitive machinery, (perhaps driven on by water) and of other ancient implements. The onlooker might perhaps also be transported to an unknown world, full of strange objects.

One also becomes aware of the distinct raw quality of the patina on the finished bronzes, which reminds of ancient smelting processes in Africa, and of metals burned in underground fires. It then seems rather fitting that the artist should choose such an ancient working process as the Lost Wax Method, which has been used for hundreds of years, to produce metal objects.

Although his sculptures are predominately small in scale, they give the illusion of monumental stature and could also be seen as macqettes of much larger works. One could easily picture them in full scale at almost five meters high, etched against the landscape.