Researching these fabulous 1970s prints of Johannesburg was something of a labour of love! The lady I bought them from was selling them on behalf of someone else, so didn’t know who the artist was. I paid more for these prints than I have any other piece of art I’ve ever bought for Mint so I was very interested to find out who the artist was, but thought it shouldn’t be too difficult to track down – boy was I wrong!
I tried every permutation of that signature, but with zero luck! Eventually I started contacting the galleries, art magazines and architectural institutes, and finally found the answer through Art Times – a lovely lady by the name of Lyn referred me to Warren Siebrits, who responded with the name Arthur Cantrell – I nearly did a dance of joy! Born in Burma in 1917 Cantrell is generally considered a South African artist, having spent most of his life living here. His works are included in the collections of most major galleries in South Africa, including the National Gallery in Cape Town. Original Arthur Cantrell artworks tend to go for around R12 000, with signed prints fetching as much as R2500.
Sadly to recover my money I’m having to split this series of 1970s architectural prints of Johannesburg, but at the same time it probably means that the prints are more likely to be framed and displayed, which is exactly what I think should happen to them – they’re way to cool to be hidden away for another 45 years!
Dimensions: Each print measures 70cm tall x 52.5cm wide