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MILENE RUST HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN COLLECTING, DESIGNING AND SOURCING AFRICAN TRIBAL ART AND ANTIQUE BEADWORK FOR NEARLY 20 YEARS. SHE HAS A MASTERS DEGREE IN FINE ART AND IN WHICH SHE AS DONE FIELD TRIPS WHILE DOING RESEARCH ON AFRICAN ART AND RITUALS IN PRIMITIVE SOCIETIES

HER BUSINESS INVOLVES SOURCING UNIQUE PIECES OF TRIBAL ART FOR INDIVIDUAL COLLECTORS, MUSEUMS AND ART GALLERIES. YEARS OF HANDS-ON DEALINGS WITH TRADERS AND COLLECTORS ENABLES HER TO ASSESS THE VALUE AND AUTHENTICITY OF TRIBAL ART . HER FINE ARTS DEGREE HELPS WITH THE DEEP APPRECIATION OF THEIR AESTHETIC BEAUTY.

SHE IS AN ALLROUNDER WITH A NATURAL CREATIVE TALENT, WHICH HAS GIVEN HER A LIFESTYLE OF CREATIVE FREEDOM. SINCE 1995 SHE HAS BEEN INVOLVED RUNNING AND DESIGNING THE INTERIORS OF HER OWN AFRICAN ART RETAIL GALLERY OUTLETS. HER WORK IS BOTH METAPHORE AND PRIVATE AND CLOSELY LINKED TO HER PRIVATE COLLECTIONS. HER APPROACH TO HER VISUAL WORK HAS GAINED HER FIRSTHAND INFORMATION THROUGH DIRECT CONTACT WITH SOUTH AFRICAN TRIBAL PEOPLE AND THEIR PHILOSOPHIES. SHE HAS COVERED A WIDE RANGE OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL MATERIAL AS WELL AS THE RELATED PHILOSOPHICAL TRENDS SUCH AS THE VARIOUS STRUCTURAL AND DECONSTRUCTION THEORIES OF THE PAST TWO DECADES. HER ANALYSIS OF THE WORK OF LEVI-STRAUSS IS WORTH MENTIONING. HER TASTE INVOLVES A WIDELY SELECTIVE CHOICE OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY FOR SALE. SHE FREQUENTLY TRAVELS TO EAST AND WEST AFRICA AND HAS MET UP WITH ANGELA FISHER IN KENYA AND ARE CLOSELEY CONNNECTED WITH THE DESIGNERS ON THE EAST COAST OF AFRICA.

HER WORK AND PRIVATE RESIDENCE HAS BEING PUBLISHED IN INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINES. SHE HAS BEEN INVITED TO DESIGN FOR GALLERIES LAFAYETTE (PARIS), HARVEY NICHOLS (UK), MACY'S AND PENNEYS IN NEW YORK.

SHE LIVES IN SMALL PRIVATE COUNTRY TOWN CLOSE TO NATURE AND SPEND MOST OF HER TIME BETWEEN HER STUDIO, SOURCING NEW PRODUCTS FOR HER INVENTORIES AND TRIBAL COLLECTIONS FOR INVESTMENT COMPANIES IN THE USA.

AS IN HER OWN WORDS: “MY ENJOYMENT IN LIFE COMES FROM WHAT SHE DESCRIBES AS
- "COLLECTING BEAUTY" OF REMARKABLE ARTISTIC MERIT AND TO BE ABLE TO STRETCH BOUNDARIES.

Sourcing items in Kenya 1992

Service

MILENE SEEKS TO ESTABLISH RELATIONSHIPS WITH COLLECTORS AND DEALERS BY OFFERING A BROAD RANGE OF TRIBAL ART. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH HER PLEASE CONTACT HER AT bongas@telkomsa.net. CURRENTLY HER FOCUS IS ON TRIBAL ART FROM SOUTH AFRICA WHERE SHE IS BASED.

Ancestral History

Horatio Nelson Rust (1826-1906)

Founding collector of the Logan Museum. In 1892 Frank Logan, a wealthy Chicago grain merchant, purchased a collection of Around 3,000 native American archaeological and ethnographic objects for $15,000. Logan bought the collection from Horatio Nelson Rust, a travelling salesman, Indian agent, and collector of native American antiquities. Logan arranged for Rust to exhibit the collection for him at Chicago's 1893 World Columbian Anthropology building. The Collection was Awarded first prize among the archaeological exhibits.

Milene Rust

MA FINE ARTS.STELL.SA.CUM LAUDE

SOURCING/INVESTMENT/DESIGN
AUTHENTIC FINE AFRICAN & TRIBAL ART
Since circa 1989

Authentic African Vessels collected for USA Investment Company

“One the most driven, passionate, multi-talented and naturally gifted artist in the Cape”

Peter Visser Antiques - 1995

“A true original mind” - Pier Rabe Antiques – 2005

“Highly original and creative thinker”

- UK Elle Décor Magazine – 1995

“A vivid imagination “

- Paul Emsley – UK Tutor and International Prize winning artist – 2003

“Collector, artist and traveller”
Jos Baker-Editor of Buyer Magazine – Yves St. Laurant Primivera show in Paris – 1989

"Congratulations-stunning collection!"
Angela Fischer-Author of “Africa Adorned”-2005

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ETHNOGRAPHIC DESIGNERS JEWELLERY GALLERY

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