Christie's Dylan Lewis sale | House & Garden

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The South African artist Dylan Lewis has spent the last ten years building up the spectacular sculpture garden that surrounds his house in Stellenbosch. The gently rolling landscape, with sweeps of lawn, native fynbos, and manicured planting, combines Lewis' evocative bronze sculptures with dramatic views of the mountains and surrounding countryside. Now, in order to allow his garden to expand, the artist is putting pieces from his personal collection up for auction at Christie's.

Dylan Lewis: Shapeshifting will take place on September 10, features sixty of Lewis' animal and figurative bronze sculptures, including pairs of cheetahs like the ones House & Garden photographed when we visited his garden for the February 2017 issue. Cheetahs and leopards feature prominently in his work, depicted both stationary and in motion. The landscape of South Africa and the living things that inhabit it are Lewis' main inspirations, and his technique of modelling with clay and then casting in bronze adds a textural quality to his pieces that recall the landscape itself. As visitors move through his garden at Stellenbosch, the planting becomes increasingly wild and naturalistic, moving away from carefully clipped Japanese-style formations around the house to eventually blend in with the indigenous flora beyond.

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Says Lewis, “All my sculpture in one way or the other has been inspired by the natural wild places of Southern Africa from my early bird forms to my current shamanic human figures. Humans have largely tamed the wilderness, we’ve fenced out the wild lands, cut down the forests and exterminated the lions and tigers. I believe we have so rapidly disconnected ourselves from the wild natural places in which we evolved over millennia that we are struggling to make sense of that separation. We're disturbed, we're in transition. My sculpture is an attempt to find the image in the emotion exploring wild untamed aspects of the human psyche.”

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The works on sale at Christie's range in estimates from £2,000 to £100,000, and include everything from small bird sculptures to monumental human figures like Male Trans-Figure VII, pictured above.

The catalogue for the sale will be available in August. To find out more visit christies.com

The Stellenbosch garden of South African artist Dylan Lewis is a gallery for his monolithic works