Walter Battiss (left). Image source: walterbattiss.co.za | "Water dogs" (right) created by Walter Battiss in 1968. Image source: www.wikiart.org

Walter Battiss (1906 – 1982), considered by many as the father of abstract art in South Africa, has arrived in the 21st century and may soon feature in many more homes across the country.

117 on Long, the gallery and retail space on Long Street in Cape Town, is making Walter Battiss works more accessible to a greater audience by showcasing The Walter Battiss Company.

Scarves by The Walter Battiss Company. Image source: supplied.

Until now, being able to own a Battiss was a pleasure limited to a privileged few. We’re certain that Battiss would want everyone who loves his work to own a piece of it, and we feel honoured to be able to help put it a little more within reach – Eduard du Plessis, founder of The Walter Battiss Company

117 on Long, a collaborative retail and gallery space on Long Street in Cape Town.
117 on Long, a collaborative retail and gallery space on Long Street in Cape Town. Walter Battiss prints are seen on the walls. Image source: supplied.

The Walter Battiss Company made a limited edition collection of Battiss prints, ceramics and customised wallpapers in 2013, and has now made this collection available in 117 on Long. The original range was available online, but now this affordable collection of Walter Battiss recreations has grown and new items have been added.

Melvyn Gers, local ceramist, creates ceramics for the The Walter Battiss Company with each item embellished with elements from Battiss artworks. Bowls and plates are priced from R380 each.
Melvyn Gers, local ceramist, creates ceramics for the The Walter Battiss Company with each item embellished with elements from Battiss artworks. Bowls and plates are priced from R380 each. Image source: supplied.

You can also find Battiss artworks that have been repurposed and reimagined into a new collection of jewellery by local jewellery designer, Nanette Veldsman.

The jewellery is designed by local jewellery designer, Nanette Veldsman. She took inspiration from twelve of Battiss’ original silkscreen prints when creating these sterling silver, semi-precious stones, coloured cold enamel and enamel paint creations. The jewellery pieces are priced from R500.
Local jewellery designer, Nanette Veldsman, takes inspiration from twelve of Battiss’ original silkscreen prints when creating these sterling silver and enamel paint creations. The jewellery pieces are priced from R500 each. Image source: supplied.

At 117 on Long, which also showcases other South African brands such as the Ceramic Factory, aLoveSupreme and Artvaart, you will also be able to find a Battiss-inspired chair by furniture design studio, BOFRED.

This limited edition Battiss-inspired wingback chair is upholstered in a fabric inspired by “Water dogs”. There are five chairs in this edition by BOFRED, priced from R19 200. Image source: supplied.

The graphic content of Battiss’s art easily lends itself to being reproduced and applied to fabric, ceramics and printed matter, and we feel driven to use it to make good art more accessible – Eduard du Plessis


FIND OUT MORE

For more information, visit walterbattiss.co.za


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