Enchanting creatures of the Forest Exhibition Video

Enjoy our video version of our latest exhibition, Enchanting creatures of the Forest, sit back, press play and enjoy!


Timothy Mlambo, Themba Khumalo, Bongani Khumalo, Widus Mtshali, Sibusiso Gumede, are a group of 5 artists who have been working together for many years. They live in the forest area near Mangusi in Northern KwaZulu-Natal.

This is a remote area near the border and is a five hour drive from Durban. Timothy Mlambo who has taught all the others in the group, was awarded the African Art Centre Artist of the year award in 2003. Mlambo works outside under a huge indigenous tree, but also has a workshop where he stores his handmade tools and sculptures in progress. Imagination runs riot in hand-carved indigenous wood from the umPengende tree, the English name being Leafberry, and botanical name Tapura fischeri. The wood is roughly cut with a panga, then carved with a small knife while the wood is still green and then left to dry. When the wood is completely dry, two coats of an acrylic paint base colour is applied. Then fine decorative designs are painted in bright colours. When these are dry, two coats of clear shiny varnish are applied. Mlambo and Themba Khumalo being experts in this method of creating sculptures. Widus Mtshali and Sibusiso Gumede use the natural wood from the tree and after carving the shape designs are burnt in with a hot iron wire, (pyrography) heated in the open fire outside the house. This creates patterns which enhance the forms. Their creative sculptures often have removable parts, which makes easy transport. Tails of animals, Leaves of ornamental trees, are fitted carefully to make up the forms. This is the third group exhibition of these artists at the African Art Centre. Curated by Anthea Martin and Phindile Mkize of the African Art Centre.

Viewing of the artists work can be arranged by booking with Phindile on 031 312 3804 alternatively to email us below using the contact us button to make your booking to come in person to view the exhibition. Please note that strict Covid-19 regulations will apply and only a limited number of visitors per day and session will be permitted.

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