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    Sale 1910

    Sporting And Wildlife Art Including The Collection Of Doug And Ellen Miller

    28 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 197

    Dylan Lewis (South African, b. 1964)

    Running Cheetahs

    Price Realised  

    Dylan Lewis (South African, b. 1964)
    Running Cheetahs
    signed 'Dylan Lewis' and stamped S102 (on the base)
    bronze with brown patina
    44½ in. (113 cm.) high; 33 1/8 in. (84 cm.) wide; 122 in. (310 cm.) long
    Artist's Proof 1 for an edition of 8


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    Dylan Lewis has always included an artist's proof in his editions. Any edition below 10 includes one artist's proof and no further casts of this sculpture will be produced.

    Lewis comments on this form, '...This piece explores the speed and agility of the cheetah. One animal is coiled up, the other greatly extended outwards, portraying the extremes of body posture when cheetah run. The distance they cover is immense in each one of their strides. Again, they are emerging from the landscape in this work, and the base itself enhances that sense of forward speed and thrust.'

    Pre-Lot Text

    DYLAN LEWIS (LOTS 197 & 198)

    For the last fifteen years, South African sculptor Dylan Lewis has focused extensively on the Cat, particularly the large wild Cats that still roam the remaining vestiges of Africa's wilderness areas. Over this time, Lewis has created a group of animal sculptures that are now internationally collected. Through a series of exhibitions, in North America, London and South Africa, Lewis has acquired a reputation as an artist whose bronzes portray with a profound elegance the innate essence of nature's perhaps most beautiful creation. It has been said that his sculptures define the very dynamics of the wild kingdom - predation and the predator, instinct and primeval impulse, life, death and rebirth. His work effortlessly amalgamates both the dark forcefulness and exuberant playfulness that all cats have. Christie's was honored to offer 76 of his bronzes for sale on 11 June 2007 and Lewis generously donated 10 percent of the proceeds of that sale to the WWF (South Africa).