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).