BLACK ON WHITE EXHIBITION

In line with the Mission of The African Art Centre, which is to promote the work of artists and
crafters mainly from KwaZulu-Natal, but also from the other provinces in South Africa, to
provide an outlet for exposing, and selling art, the Centre will be mounting a group exhibition of
works by eleven artists, namely Ezequiel Mabote, Gabisile Nkosi, George Msimang, Judas
Mahlangu, Linga Diko, Malibongwe Shangase, Thabani Msomi, Mxolisi Sithole, Thulani
Makhaye, Vukile Teyise and William Zulu from 27 January 2010. This exhibition of works on
paper all executed in black draws together a group of artists working with a diverse range of
processes and media.
Spanning some fifteen years to present, the works on exhibition by both celebrated and up and
coming artists provide insight into the personal passages that each artist has experienced and
recorded on paper.
Judas Mahlangu’s work illustrates his ability to achieve subtle effects by producing aquatints
with a variety of grey gradients and atmospheric quality showing intricate detail on an intimate
scale. Vukile Teyise, an artist currently working in Grahamstown draws his inspiration from the
values and cultural traditions of society around him with humour and sharp comment. Linga
Diko’s work represents through delicate mark-making and subtle humour the struggles and
hopes of people living under difficult conditions. In the linocuts by late Gabisile Nkosi, we see
the artist’s use of metaphors and symbolism as a way of sharing emotions and life experiences.
Malibongwe Shangase has emerged as a distinctive new voice who uses the medium of
woodcut to describe everyday life in the townships and rural areas of Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Local artist, Mxolisi Sithole, the youngest of the group is a versatile young upcoming artist who
through his work provides a narrative of everyday life of township dwellers. Highly skilled
printmaker, William Zulu reflects on the challenges of life and the rights of all individuals. Two
works, a lithograph and charcoal drawing by one of KwaZulu Natal’s finest artists, late George
Msimang depicts the artist’s sense of humour and delicate use of line.
This exhibition of artworks by artists who have a strong academic background and others who
are self taught, from both rural and urban areas will be supplemented with a collection of black
and white craft items. Products include table linen, telephone wire woven baskets and beaded

dolls. The exhibition can be viewed at the African Art Centre from Wednesday, 27 January
2010. The exhibition closes on Saturday, 13 February 2010.
For additional information contact the Director, Sharon Crampton at 031-312 3805 or email
africanartcentre@afri-art.co.za.