David Endean and partner Nepheritie live and breathe art, Nepheritie’s influence as a strategic business development partner together with her passion for social development has added a special twist to the mix. An avid aesthete, David has amassed a vast private collection over the last 25 years. Many of the pieces are spread across their two RED! the gallery venues located in Bree Street, Cape Town, and at Steenberg Village in Tokai.
While both operate as vibrant galleries offering professional art services, they also double up as cafés serving delicious all-day breakfasts, lunches and high teas.
Buoyed on by the maxim, ‘Love of Art, Art of Food’, David and Nepheritie continue to facilitate a creative environment which is open to all. Much of the success of the RED! the gallery concept can be attributed to David’s drive to make art easily accessible and Nepherite’s innate altruistic passion to serve humanity through the expression and experience of art. “If we had our way, people wouldn’t go to a normal gallery as it can be somewhat intimidating, this is why we have created a sophisticated yet non formal space that you can walk into, enjoying this beautiful ambience,” David says.
“Most of our collection is local and it’s semi-investment art. Half the pieces are decorative and the other is serious future investment art. I’m addicted to buying art!”
‘Gala for Good’ charity auction inspired By Nepheritie
Popular paint jams, charity driven learning events paired with three-course dinner buffets and Thursday Night Dinner Escapes are regular RED! The Gallery highlights, but it’s their charity based auctions that open up the stage for art lovers looking for their next great acquisition.
“We have an auction every three months. They’re generally a win for everybody, especially the buyers,” he says. “Giving younger collectors, first time buyers and art enthusiasts an opportunity to acquire art at a good deal.” We usually have about 65 paintings on display. For our upcoming auction, on 28 February 2020, at 6.00pm, Philip Powell will be the auctioneer. He’s one of the best in the country – he’s witty and knows our stuff well. Nepheritie will MC.”
“A great selection of art will be going under the hammer. The art will sell at half the price, so I have to find the best looking art I can find at the best price.”
Expect to see work by the likes of Cliff Brown, David Thorpe, Junior Fungai, Michael Waters, David Kuijers, Shelagh Price, Derric van Rensburg, Wakaba Mutheki and Wilma Du Toit. There will also be sculptures by artists such as Jean Doyle, but the work will predominantly be oils and acrylics on canvass.
A portion of all RED! The Gallery auction proceeds always go to a charity since Nepheritie has been involved.
These have included The Roxy Davis Foundation. A percentage of proceeds of the upcoming event will go to The Spirit Foundation, which raises money for educating underprivileged children. Ian Kilbride is chairman and co-founder of The Spirit Foundation, which was set up as a charitable educational trust in 1994.
Tickets are R180 per head and can be booked at https://www.quicket.co.za/events/97777-red-the-gallery-gala-for-good-charity-auction/, which also secures patrons reserved seating. Auction tickets include food and wine.