William Kentridge



William Kentridge (b. 1955) is an internationally acclaimed South African artist renowned for his dynamic prints, drawings, large-scale installations, and animated films. Kentridge balances universal experiences with the complexity of South African political history and society. 

Born in Johannesburg to two prominent lawyers active in anti-apartheid efforts, Kentridge’s proximity to the dissolution of apartheid gave him a unique social sensitivity. His upbringing would shape the socio-political lens that informed his work as an artist. 

Kentridge is somewhat of a polymath. Having pursued formal education across politics, fine art, miming, and theater, it comes as no surprise that his work cannot be contained to the bounds of a single medium. Charcoal and ink are often his first tools for creation. The density, darkness and texture of the medium is instantly recognizable throughout his oeuvre.. 

Click here to learn more about Kentridge’s artist process from inside his Johannesburg studio

"Scribble Cat" is a paradigm of Kentridge's work and is instantly recognizable for its strong aesthetic and composition of layered pages.

Kentridge's interest in cats stems back to his childhood when the prominent South African artist Cecil Skotnes gifted his parents a print of a cat for Christmas. Throughout his career, Kentridge has included cats as an important and recurring motif in his work, realized in a variety of media and moods.

In this work, six fragmented sheets are cleverly layered at various angles, to create a stylized and playful, yet slightly menacing feline. Despite the appearance of disorder from the background pages, the cat's glare possesses the viewer with a keen intensity, amplifying the tension in this piece. 

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“Scribble Cat” 

South Africa, 2010 

Sugarlift & spitbite aquatint, drypoint, and hand-painting on 6 shaped sheets of Hahnemuhle paper

Signed, numbered, and dated by the artist

From an edition of 30 

40”H 70”W (work)

47.25"H 77.5"W (framed)

Very good condition

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