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Dylan Lewis (South African, born 1964), Sitting Cheetah Round Table,
bronze with circular glass top, signed and numbered 9/33 77 x 160cm

Footnote: Raised by a family of accomplished artists – his mother a painter and his father a sculptor – Johannesburg-born artist, Dylan Lewis, is today heralded as one of the world’s leading contemporary wildlife sculptors, with his works featuring in important private and public collections across the globe. Drawing on his enduring and insatiable fascination with the natural world and recalling frequent childhood trips taken with his father to the Kruger National Park, Lewis’ best-known works date from his ‘cat years’. Typically citing lions, leopards and cheetahs and his muses, Lewis’ bronze cats are simultaneously deeply personal and yet also reflective of ‘wilderness’ in the broader human imagination. Having worked as a taxidermist and field guide at Rondevlei Nature Reserve, Cape Town, between 1985 and 1989, Lewis possesses both the technical dexterity and anatomical knowledge to produce the animal as it is in nature and as it appears in our collective psyche. Lewis’ more recent work explores our relationship to our own inner wilderness through his use of the human figure. A proportion of the proceeds from the sale of this lot will be donated to Tusk Trust to support its wildlife conservation work across Africa.

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