An exhibition of new paintings by Bheki Khambule will be opened by Jenny Stretton,
acting Director of the Durban Art Gallery, at the African Art Centre on Thursday 20
Khambule’s work is inspired by his environment, focussing on the people and
cultures that are a product of that environment. Says Khambule “My work is about
my daily observations of the city environment, the space in which I reside, the
traditions and the customs”. The new acrylic paintings reflect Khambule’s interest in
urban spaces and the related issues of cultural hybridity and identity.
Khambule was born on 28 April 1977 and grew up in Madlankala outside of
Richards Bay. His interest in the visual arts began in primary school where he
entered and won numerous art competitions. In 2002 Khambule travelled to New
Zealand which enabled him to network himself amongst the International art
community. In 2008 Khambule won the Nivea Art award which gave him the
opportunity to work under Themba Shibase and have his first solo show. Khambule
has since exhibited in the Karoo and in Berlin, Germany.
The exhibition will be supplemented by a new range of hand built ceramics from a
recent workshop funded by the Kellogg foundation and facilitated by well known KZN
ceramicist Clive Sithole.
This exhibition is sponsored by the National Lotteries board and the Kellogg
For additional information contact the Director, Sharon Crampton at 031-312 3805 or