Private Collection, Brussels Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2013
Brussels, Fine Art Studio, Metamorphoses,2011, illustrated in the catalogue p.48
Born in 1969 in Cotonou, Benin, Dominique Zinkpè gained international recognition through his presence at the 2002 Dakar Biennale. Winner of the 2002 West African Economic and Monetary Union Award for his installation Malgré tout (In Spite of Everything!), Zinkpè has created a broad repertoire of work consisting of drawings, paintings, sculpture, performance and installation. Although the artist tackles a variety of themes using a wide array of mediums, it is his paintings that seem to offer the most in-depth perspective into this talented artist.
The canvas is unlined. Approximately 50cm. from the left hand framing edge, there is a seam where the canvas has been joined from top to bottom, this appears to be the artist's intent. There is a further seam approximately 50cm. from the bottom framing edge spanning approximately 2/3 of the work's width. There are various surface marks throughout, all of which appear to be contemporary with the creation of the work. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals no signs of restoration or repair. The work is in good condition. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."