The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, September 15, 2019

Bonhams to auction work of David Bowie's favourite artists to benefit South African charity
Norman Catherine's chair for CHIVA Africa. Photo: Frederick Wilkinson and CHIVA.

LONDON.- Bonhams’ charity auction in London on 15th March in aid of CHIVA Africa will feature the work of artists Beezy Bailey and Norman Catherine – both of whom counted David Bowie among their greatest fans.

The pair, along with more than 30 other artists, celebrities and designers, have each contributed a stunning hand-painted and upholstered one-off chair for the charity event, entitled Sitting Pretty.

The two South African artists were Bowie’s personal friends and Bowie admired, collected and curated their work.

Beezy Bailey, a prominent South African artist, met Bowie in 1995, when Bailey invited the star to lunch at his house in the hills around Cape Town. It was there that they spontaneously began painting together. They ended up collaborating on over fifty works on canvas, which went on to be shown in London, Basel and Cape Town.

Norman Catherine is one of South Africa’s most highly-acclaimed contemporary artists. He is known for his brightly-coloured, comical and crude sculptures and paintings. Bowie adored his work. He described Catherine as the ‘real deal’, and filled his house with sculptures by the artist. ‘They still startle and light up every time I look in their direction,’ the star said in 2000. Bowie also curated an exhibition of South African art at The Gallery in Cork Street in 1995, which featured Catherine among the artists shown.

For the CHIVA Africa event, both artists have transferred their own original paintings onto the upholstery of each unique chair. The pieces have each been signed by the artist.

Bids for the chairs can be made online at and will conclude in a live auction at Bonhams New Bond Street on 15th March, 2016

Today's News

March 10, 2016

Asia Week New York opens with 45 extraordinary museum-quality exhibitions

Tate Modern to exhibit unparalleled modernist photography from the collection of Sir Elton John

Irish Museum of Modern Art announces landmark Lucian Freud Project for Ireland

'Missing' Rembrandt to go on show at global art fair TEFAF Maastricht: Reports

Invaluable launches "Buy Now," bringing galleries, dealers & auction houses together

Bidsquare partners with over 100 leading auction houses since its launch

Record producer Sir George Martin, known as the "fifth Beatle", has died, aged 90

Harvard Art Museums new Director announced: Martha Tedeschi coming from the Art Institute of Chicago

Exhibition of paintings and works on paper from the estate of Claudio Bravo opens at Marlborough Gallery

Oldest auction house in the United States Freeman's announces management buyout

Scottish Colourists set to shine at Bonhams annual Scottish Sale in Edinburgh

"A Palette for Genius: Japanese Water Jars for the Tea Ceremony" opens at Joan B Mirviss LTD

Laurence Miller participates in Asia Week NY with exhibition of contemporary Asian photographs

Exhibition of Japanese fusuma photography by Kenji Wakasugi opens at Ippodo Gallery

Pérez Art Museum Miami debuts new sculptural installation by Matthew Ronay

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts acquires 35 photographs by Louis Draper and his complete archive

Minneapolis Institute of Art appoints Curator of Contemporary Art

Bonhams to auction work of David Bowie's favourite artists to benefit South African charity

Four artists announced for the Walters Prize 2016

Marc-Olivier Wahler appointed new Director of Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU

Royal Philips extends its long standing partnership as founder of the Rijksmuseum

Stair Sainty announces TEFAF Maastricht 2016 highlights

Jimmy DeSana's "Marker Cones," works by Picasso plus Sam Maloof rocker among the offerings at Clars

"Super Massive Black Hole" by James Austin Murray opens at Lyons Wier Gallery

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Holocaust 'masterpiece' causes uproar at Venice film festival

2.- To be unveiled at Sotheby's: One of the greatest collections of Orientalist paintings ever assembled

3.- Bender Gallery features paintings by up and coming Chicago artist Michael Hedges

4.- Lévy Gorvy exhibits new and historic works by French master in his centenary year

5.- Artificial Intelligence as good as Mahler? Austrian orchestra performs symphony with twist

6.- Fascinating new exhibition explores enduring artistic bond between Scotland and Italy

7.- Exhibition explores the process of Japanese-style woodblock production

8.- Robert Frank, photographer of America's underbelly, dead at 94

9.- The truth behind the legend of patriot Paul Revere revealed in a new exhibition at New-York Historical Society

10.- Hitler bust found in cellar of French Senate

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful