1938 – 1997
Sculptures in bronze, terracotta or stone
Ben Macala 1989
with “Woman Praying” and “Leaning Head”
A brief C.V.
Benjamin Mzimkulu MACALA was born in Bloemfontein in 1938; he died in 1997.
To view his c.v. as at 1981, please click on this link!
This webpage presents only a selection of Ben Macala’s sculptures, at the beginning of his career, his best period.
In early 1965 Maj. Aubrey Fielding from the Adler Fielding Galleries in Johannesburg suggested to Ben Macala who had brought in some of his drawings that he should try his hands at modeling. Thus, the first bronzes were cast and "The bull" was included in a show at the Piccadilly Gallery, London, in July 1965 (cat.36)!
Selected Exhibitions of SCULPTURES
1965 Piccadilly Gallery, Cork Street, London “African Painters & Sculptors from Johannesburg” (15th June to 10th July), cat.36
1966 Adler Fielding Galleries, Johannesburg (3 man show: Barry de Villiers, Ben Macala, Cousin Walaza) (13th September)
1967 Adler Fielding Galleries, Johannesburg “Sculpture SA 1900-1967” cat. 59, 60, 61
1967 Lidchi Art Gallery, Johannesburg (1st solo show of sculptures: terracotta + bronzes) (November)
1968 Lidchi Art Gallery, Johannesburg (Group Show) (3 bronzes + 8 conté drawings) (catalogue)
1969 Lidchi Art Gallery, Johannesburg (2nd solo show: sculptures and drawings)
Selected Public Collections
SA National Gallery, Cape Town
“Bull” bronze – 13x29x18.8 cm (image from ISBN 0-620-13184-5 p56 © JAG) - SANG ID 69/10
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“Mother and Child” bronze - 35.5x30x28.5 cm (screenshot of image © Micah MacAllen Flickr) - SANG ID 69/9
Both bronzes were acquired by the SANG from Lidchi Art Gallery, Johannesburg, on 31st March, 1969
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum (King George VI Art Gallery), Port Elizabeth
“Mother and Child” bronze – 35.5x30x28.5 cm
Presented by Volkswagen of SA, 1968 – acquired from Leader Gallery, Grahamstown
University of Fort Hare
“Woman in trance” bronze – 18.5 cm
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Selected Corporate Collections
South African Reserve Bank Art Collection, Cape Town
"The Night Watchman", undated – bronze - 26x32x21 cm
(Another cast auctioned by Stephan Welz & Co., Johannesburg - 3rd November, 1997 - Lot 477)
Selected Private Collections
Ben Macala in the Holdstock collections, UK + USA
Please click on this link for more details about these 24 sculptures!
“Woman in bondage”, pre-1968 - bronze - 32.5x34x30 cm - signed – ex Private Coll. A.B.
This cast on auction at Stephan Welz & Co., Johannesburg, 30th August, 2016 - Lot 466
“Mother and Child” – bronze - 46x26x30 cm - not signed – three views - cast by Renzo Vignali, Pretoria - ex Private Coll A.B.
This cast on auction at Stephan Welz & Co., Johannesburg, 30th August, 2016 - Lot 467
“Head of a Young Woman” mid-1960s – bronze – unsigned – Coll. H.V. 2008
"Seated figure" - bronze 1/3 - 31 cm - ex Coll. 34 Long Gallery, Cape Town
Selected Sculptures sold on auction
“Figure Study”, clay, signed – 24.5 cm – sold by Russell Kaplan Auctioneers, Johannesburg – June 2015 – Lot P121
“Seated figure” bronze – 19x19x17 cm – sold by Strauss & Co., Johannesburg – 1st November, 2010 – Lot 109
"Woman in Profile", carved stone, signed - 50x50 cm - sold by Stephan Welz & Co., Johannesburg - 30th July, 2007 - Lot 434
Selected Publications + Articles relating to his sculptures
The Star, Johannesburg – 14th September, 1966 (“Mother and Child” illustrated)
ARTLOOK 12 Vol 1 No XII November, 1967 – p. 2, ill
ARTLOOK 32 July, 1969 – p. 7, ill
"The Neglected Tradition - Towards a New History of SA Art (1930-1988)" - Johannesburg Art Gallery - 1988/1989 (Steven Sack) – ill pp 55/6, cat 51+52 – ISBN0-620-13184-5
Northcliff & Melville Times, Johannesburg – 22nd August, 1989, ill above ©
“Images of Metal” (Rankin) (Witwatersrand University Press), 1994 – ill p.31 fig.12 – ISBN 1-86814-257-4
Ben Macala at his studio
“Images of Man - Contemporary South African Black Art and Artists” (E.J. de Jager) (Fort Hare University Press), 1992, listed p. 30 cat. 142 - ISBN 1-86810-015-4
“Figure – Ground: reflections on the South African Reserve Bank“ ( Rory Bester ) (SA Reserve Bank, Pretoria), 2007 ill. p. 211 - ISBN 0-9585044-3-1
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