LOT 31: Norman Catherine – Know Thyself

Winning Bid: R13,500

Know Thyself
700mm x 500mm

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid
Paddle 216 14 October 2023 4:12 pm R13,500
Paddle 201 8 October 2023 8:32 pm R11,500
Auction started 1 October 2023 8:00 am
From: To: Increment:
ZAR 0 ZAR 1900 ZAR 100
ZAR 2000 ZAR 4800 ZAR 200
ZAR 5000 ZAR 9500 ZAR 500
ZAR 10000 ZAR 19000 ZAR 1000
ZAR 20000 ZAR 48000 ZAR 2000
ZAR 50000 ZAR 95000 ZAR 5000
ZAR 100000 ZAR 490000 ZAR 10000
ZAR 500000 ZAR 980000 ZAR 20000
ZAR 1000000+ ZAR 50000

Accepted Forms of Payment

MasterCard, Visa, Instant EFT, Manual EFT


If required, Art.co.za and/or the Seller will help arrange shipment, at the Buyer`s expense.


Norman Catherine was born in 1949 in East London, South Africa. He attended EL Technical College Art School from 1967-­‐1968 where he completed an art matric. Other than these 2 years at the Tech, he is for the most part self-­‐taught. He currently lives at the Hartbeespoort Dam where he has been since 1975. During the 1980’s he spent time living in Los Angeles and New York. He works in various media including painting, sculpture, mixed media, printmaking, wall hangings and bronze and has been an influence on many younger artists.

‘History, horror, crime, conflict, psychoses, politics & pathologies serve as stimuli for my creative output. My subject matter vacillates between the macabre and the comic, between a gasp and a chuckle from a juxtaposition of dark and light sensibilities. It is a satirical social commentary on the idiosyncrasies of the human condition. My work is inspired by traditional African sculpture, folk art, outsider art, antiquities and primitive art. I work in a variety of media that includes painting, sculpture, print-­‐making, tapestry. I don’t follow any art classification dogmas or rigid definitions in the process of creating and have developed my own lexicon of archetypes in the various media that I work in.’