n De Arte - David Brown (1951-2016) : obituary

Volume 51, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0004-3389
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Arguably one of South Africa's most important sculptors of his generation, David Brown died suddenly on 18 March in Cape Town. He was 65. His grotesque quasi-military figures, beautifully crafted and armed to the teeth, often with their penises hanging out, teetered between being deeply cynical, darkly hilarious and ciphers of criticism for the powers that be. His work rocketed him to fame in 1986, when it was one of the winners of a sculpture competition hosted by the Johannesburg Art Gallery, alongside maquettes by Gavin Younge, Willem Strydom and Bruce Arnott.

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