100: Pr Of Dylan Lewis Leopard Crushing Serpent
Dylan Lewis (SOUTH AFRICAN, 1964) pair of life sized bronze sculptures titled 'Leopard Crushing Serpent'. One bronze is edition 6/8. The other is edition 7/8. The bronzes can be found on page 136 of the 'Forces of Nature' book. Lot also includes limited edition Dylan Lewis 'Forces of Nature' Book, signed by the artist. Each bronze measures approx. 53" height x 71 length x 21" depth (134.6cm x 180.3cm x 53.3cm). The artist was also exclusively featured in the Christie's South Kensington Predators and Prey II: The Dylan Lewis Bronzes, held on Thursday the 16th of June, 2011 at 2:00pm. The Dylan Lewis retail list price list for these bronzes in South Africa (the edition is sold out), as at the end of Dec. 2011 is ZAR 815,000-00 . This figure does NOT include S.A, VAT of 14%( which in your case is not relevant as the works are in the U.S ). ZAR to the US$ is 7.6 to 1US$. These figures are 6/8 and 7/8. The gallery reference numbers are --6/8 AC29215 and 7/8 AC29719 and were invoiced on invoice numbers 22327 22826. The editions of S135 "Leopard Crushing Serpent-life size" the total number of casts made was 7. Edition 8 was never cast as it is reserved for Dylan's family trust together with Artist's proofs I and II, also held by Dylan for the family trust. These pieces are therefore the last two to be offered for sale to the public.(Editions 1 to 5 were sold to private collectors prior to these bronzes being acquired). The prices detailed in Dylan's price list are there to give collectors an indication of what you would probably have to pay for a bronze should they come up for re-sale and is therefore used as a guide.” About the artist: Foreshadowing Lewis's shift towards the human figure, this work breaks from the mould of realism that was the sculptor's oeuvre and enters a more abstract, mythical realm. It depicts a scene that the sculptor had never witnessed and indeed, one that is exceedingly rare in nature. Had it been the sculptor's intention to realistically depict an actual kill of a serpent by a leopard, the sculpture would have been more literal. The abstraction is particularly evident in the compositional elements of this piece, and there is also a discernible trace of the influence of 19th century sculptors Antoine-Louis Barye and Rembrandt Bugatti.