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FROM ANIMAL TO HUMAN (article first published : 2008-07-3)

Internationally acclaimed South African sculptor, Dylan Lewis, belongs to an elite group of just a handful of living artists who have held a solo exhibition at Christie’s of London.

South African art lovers will soon be able to view over 30 pieces of Dylan Lewis’ extraordinary artwork, which will be exhibited at the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch from October 31 2008 for six months.

Sponsored by RMB Private Bank, the exhibition explores Dylan Lewis’ passion for the wilderness and the forces that shape it, with his sculptures touching his audience through the elemental, the pristine, the primitive and the subconscious.

The exhibition, entitled Shapeshifting – from animal to human, captures the timelessness of the anatomy of animals and the human form, while exploring the sculptor’s broader concerns of environment, wilderness and man’s increasingly fragile relationship with the earth. Like the wilderness that inspires them, these sculptures evoke rich mythological and psychological clusters of meaning.

Dylan Lewis’ artworks are owned by royalty, heads of state and captains of industry worldwide. His black rhino sculpture sold to a private American collector for more than R5 million at the sell-out Christie’s auction in June 2007, with the remaining 74 of his wildlife sculptures being sold out at the same time.

Shapeshifting will include multimedia experiences for the visitor, and the exhibition will follow his evolution from the animal through to his work with the human form.




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