Nico Masemolo was a young boy when I first met him at Hylton Nel’s house in Bethulie eight or nine years ago. He is now in his 30s and moved to Calitzdorp several years ago with Nel, whose ward and protégé he is.

Hylton Nel is not only our finest ceramic artist but is, I believe, one of our greatest artists in any medium as well as being formidably well informed about many subjects from Oriental Art to old fashioned roses. Growing up in this milieu and learning techniques from the master is the best thing that could have happened to Nico whose ceramic sculptures are quite wonderful. They are fresh, funny, technically good and naïve in the best sense of the word.

 

Sir John Tenniel, the original illustrator of “Alice” would feel a kinship and if any collector wants to get in at the very beginning of a career then this show is their opportunity.


-Trent Read

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Holy Family
Holy Family

ceramic, Height: 23cm

Holy Family
Holy Family Holy Family
Sabre Tooth Tiger & Green Glazed Lion II
Sabre Tooth Tiger & Green Glazed Lion II

ceramic

Sabre Tooth Tiger & Green Glaz...
Sabre Tooth Tiger & Green Glazed Lion II Sabre Tooth Tiger & Green Glazed Lion II
Spotted Blue Rabbits I & II
Spotted Blue Rabbits I & II

ceramic

Spotted Blue Rabbits I & II
Spotted Blue Rabbits I & II Spotted Blue Rabbits I & II
Baboon II
Baboon II

ceramic, Height: 21cm

Baboon II
Baboon II Baboon II
Father and Son
Father and Son

ceramic, Height: 28cm

Father and Son
Father and Son Father and Son
Having a Drink
Having a Drink

ceramic, Height: 26.5cm

Having a Drink
Having a Drink Having a Drink
Mary and Jesus II
Mary and Jesus II

ceramic, Height: 23cm

Mary and Jesus II
Mary and Jesus II Mary and Jesus II
Matthew Booth
Matthew Booth

ceramic, Height: 27.5cm

Matthew Booth
Matthew Booth Matthew Booth
Mermaid I
Mermaid I

ceramic, Height: 28cm

Mermaid I
Mermaid I Mermaid I
Mother and Child
Mother and Child

ceramic, Height: 23cm

Mother and Child
Mother and Child Mother and Child
Mother and Child II
Mother and Child II

ceramic, Height: 31cm

Mother and Child II
Mother and Child II Mother and Child II
Playing Hoops
Playing Hoops

ceramic, Height: 18cm

Playing Hoops
Playing Hoops Playing Hoops
Sabre Tooth Tiger
Sabre Tooth Tiger

ceramic, Height: 14cm

Sabre Tooth Tiger
Sabre Tooth Tiger Sabre Tooth Tiger
Wizard
Wizard

ceramic, Height: 27cm

Wizard
Wizard Wizard
Woodcutter
Woodcutter

ceramic, Height: 23cm

Woodcutter
Woodcutter Woodcutter
Green Hare Crouching
Green Hare Crouching

ceramic, height: 13cm

Green Hare Crouching
Green Hare Crouching Green Hare Crouching
Naughty Baboon
Naughty Baboon

ceramic, height: 23cm

Naughty Baboon
Naughty Baboon Naughty Baboon
Small Rabbit
Small Rabbit

ceramic, height: 20cm

Small Rabbit
Small Rabbit Small Rabbit
Small Upright Hare
Small Upright Hare

ceramic, height: 23cm

Small Upright Hare
Small Upright Hare Small Upright Hare
White Hare Crouching
White Hare Crouching

ceramic, height: 13cm

White Hare Crouching
White Hare Crouching White Hare Crouching
Big Dog with a Bone IV
Big Dog with a Bone IV

ceramic

Big Dog with a Bone IV
Big Dog with a Bone IV Big Dog with a Bone IV
Black and White Lying Down Hare
Black and White Lying Down Hare

ceramic

Black and White Lying Down Har...
Black and White Lying Down Hare Black and White Lying Down Hare
Buck I
Buck I

ceramic

h 24cm

Buck I
Buck I Buck I
Buck II
Buck II

ceramic

h 26cm

Buck II
Buck II Buck II
Crouching Hare
Crouching Hare

ceramic

Crouching Hare
Crouching Hare Crouching Hare
Female Baboon
Female Baboon

ceramic

h 26cm

Female Baboon
Female Baboon Female Baboon
Giraffe II
Giraffe II

ceramic

h 33cm

Giraffe II
Giraffe II Giraffe II
Mguni Cow
Mguni Cow

ceramic

h 13cm

Mguni Cow
Mguni Cow Mguni Cow
Small Hare I and Small Hare IV
Small Hare I and Small Hare IV

ceramic

h 21cm

 

and

 

ceramic

h 16cm

Small Hare I and Small Hare IV
Small Hare I and Small Hare IV Small Hare I and Small Hare IV
Zebra
Zebra

ceramic

h 28.5cm

Zebra
Zebra Zebra