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.
Love of Art, Art of Food
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 auction on 28 February 2020, at 6.00pm, Philip Powell will be the auctioneer. 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 percentage of proceeds of the upcoming event will go to The Spirit Foundation.
RED! auction tickets are R180 per head and can be booked here, which also secures patrons reserved seating. Auction tickets include food and wine.
RED! the gallery: Shop B4 Steenberg Village Shopping Centre, Reddam Avenue, Tokai
Auction info: 082 808 1298
Gallery: 021 701 0886
Café: 021 702 4466