New World

Exhibition of Monoprints and drawings
 
The Durban African Art Centre will be opening an exhibition of Monoprints and drawings by Mxolisi Sithole on Wednesday 27th of May 2009 at 5.30 P.m. The mission of the African Art Centre organization is to empower young artists from underprivileged communities by offering a platform of exposure through art exhibitions; this exhibition fulfils this undertaking.    
 
Mxolisi Sithole is a versatile young upcoming artist born and raised at Umlazi Township in Durban. Sithole’s exhibition titled ‘New World’ displays this artist’s creative output and artistry in Monoprint and drawing medium.
 
Sithole works on the 60% fabric paper and the Rosapina fabriano paper with texture that enhances the visual quality of his work. The Monotype printmaking technique combines the ability to produce painterly or linear qualities onto the work and produces a one of a kind print without multiples. Through the Monotype and drawing medium Sithole achieved an accurate narrative of everyday life, the intimate but intriguing fascinating moments experienced by an ordinary township dweller.
 
Sithole’s everyday scenes are dominated by rows of shacks, colorful houses and lines of laundry hung out to dry. Visual memory, crucial to the execution of this body of work manifests in a drawing of a young boy making sketches on paper , a child playing at the park and on the work titled ‘Tea pot’. These images point to the ability of our minds to capture information as well as to distort the recollected facts.
 
The Monoprint and drawing imagery is overlaid with the artist’s fragments from childhood and which give account of his personal identity such as in his works titled ‘I used to be…” and “Money” . The artist has embarked on personal language at the same time drawing from everyday life and from the media. Both drawings and Monoprints are overlaid with humor and poignancy, every picture tells a story and carries symbolic meaning.
 
Mxolisi Sithole holds a Fine Art Post Graduate degree from the Durban University of Technology and works predominantly in printmaking and in drawing. The most crucial aspect of his profession is fulfilled through community engagement activities. Sithole works as a Creative Project Coordinator at Umthombo Street Children South Africa. He currently conducts Velobala print making Saturday art classes hosted by the Durban African Art Center while on Sundays he facilitates Monoprint classes to young people at Umlazi from the backroom of his home. This vibrant young artist was awarded the first prize in the Start Nivea Art Award in 2006.
 
Sithole’s busy schedule in art industry is motivated by his desire to instill an attitude of interest in visual art in black communities. The artist hopes to see art appreciated in black communities and hopes to offer art as an alternative income to young unemployed individuals. 
 
The ‘New World’ exhibition will be opened by Themba Shibase on the 27th May 2009 5.30 Pm at the African Art Centre at number 94 Florida Road in Morningside.
 
This exhibition has been funded by W.K. Kellogg foundation.
 
MXOLISI SITHOLE
ARTIST STATEMENT – 2009
 
Currently my work is about my response to everyday life scenes. I work predominantly in print-making and drawing. My approach towards print-making is eclectic in nature, ranging between conventional methods to experimental methods. For source material, I use my memory and often take pictures from in and around my neighbourhood. I also source images from mass media (internet and news papers).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MXOLISI SITHOLE
 
ARTIST STATEMENT
Currently my work is about my response to everyday life scenes. I work predominantly in print-making and drawing. My approach towards print-making is eclectic in nature, ranging between conventional methods to experimental methods. For source material, I use my memory and often take pictures from in and around my neighbourhood. I also source images from mass media (internet and news papers).
 
Date of Birth: 1986
Place of Birth: Umlazi
 
Awards (selected)
2006: 1st prize at the University [Durban University of Technology] for being the best Printmaking and Ceramicist student 2006
2006: 1st prize Start the Nivea Art competition 2006
2004:1st prize at the University [Durban University of Technology] for being the best drawing student
 
Education
2007: Tertiary = Post School- Durban University of Technology with a Bachelors Degree in Technology: Fine Art [2007].
Subject Passed: Art Theory 4 and Printmaking 4.
2006: Tertiary = Post School- Durban University of Technology with a N.Dip: Fine Art [2006]
Subjects Passed: Art Theory, Communications/Professional Practice, Ceramics, Drawing and Printmaking.
2003: Secondary = School- Matriculated at Ogwini High School [2003] with a Senior Certificate. Subject passed: - English, Zulu, Art, Technical Drawing, electricians work, Mathematics and Physical Science.
 
Exhibitions
2009: ‘New World’ solo exhibition at the African Art Centre
2008: Cream [Group Show at the KZNSA Gallery 10 March to 31 March 2008] Contact Curator KZNSA 031- 2771700
2007: ‘Print 07’ [Group show at Bell- Roberts Gallery 4 August to 4 October] Contact Curator Bell- Roberts 021- 8470449
2007:‘The Naked Truth’ [Group Exhibition at the KZNSA Gallery 2007] Contact Curator KZNSA- 031 2771700
2006: ‘Life is a Beautiful Struggle’ [Solo Exhibition at the KZNSA Nivea Gallery Contact Curator KZNSA - 031- 2771700.
2006:‘Amandla Okuqala’ [group show at the DUT Gallery 2006]. {Contact Nontobeko Ntombela {curator} - 0781901221/  031- 2042207.
2006: ‘Start The Nivea Art Award’ [group show at the KZNSA Gallery 2006]. Contact Curator KZNSA- 031-2771700
2006: ‘KZNSA Gallery members exhibition’ [group show at the KZNSA Gallery 2006].Curator KZNSA 031 2771700.
2005: ‘First Touch’ [group show at the Bat Centre 2005]. Contact the Bat Centre
2004: ‘Bathini Abantu {10yrs of democracy}’ [group show at the African Art   Centre 2004]. Contact the African Art Centre.
 
Residences
2007: 5 Day residency of Monotype Printing at Caversham Centre held on the 26 March to 30 March 2007.
2007: 12 Day residence at Caversham Centre held on the 23 July to 3 August 2007
2005: 5 day woodcut colour reduction held at DUT 2005.
 
Community work/work experience
2009: Currently facilitates Monoprint lessons at Velobala Saturday Art Classes hosted by the African Art Centre
2008-9: Currently works as a creative program’s co- coordinator at UMthombo Street Children South Africa [2008 to date]
2009: Works as a teacher at Velobala Outreach programme hosted by the African Art Centre
2009: Runs a print workshops for young people from his home at Umlazi
2006: KZNSA Gallery Assistance 2006 to date. The KZNSA Gallery on 031- 2771700.
2007: Work as an assistance to Cameron Platter 2007 to date. Contact Cameron Platter on 0727123082.
2007: Work as an assistance to Gabisile Nkosi, teaching at Jabulisa Primary, 2007. Contact Caversham Centre on 033 2344893.
2006: Printing job for Dina Cormick- ‘How often do we bend down to help children 2006 x25 prints’. AFH’s Woman for Children participant artist.
2006: Educator in the Umcebo Trust Fund Community project 2006. Robin Opperman: 031- 305 3408.
2005: Did a mural for Zwane’s Caters business 2005. Mrs. Zwane: 0823310960.