Last night, the winners of the Thami Mnyele Fine Art Award were announced at a ceremony in Kempton Park. The Thami Mnyele Fine Art Awards is a contemporary fine arts competition which seeks to inspire the passion that the late acclaimed resistance artist Thami Mnyele had for art. TMFAA is considered as one of the Top Fine Arts Awards in the country. The prize money totals R100 000.00, for the following prizes: First Prize, Ekurhuleni Prize, Multi & New Media-, Art on Paper-, Painting-, and Sculpture Merit Awards. In addition there is also the Lizamore & Associates Mentorship and Solo Exhibition prize.
John Robbertse, Spoon feeding (detail)
First prize went to John Robbertse for his piece “Spoon feeding” – a series of delecate oil paintings on spoons.
The Ekurhuleni Prize was awarded to Jeanne Breedt for “Jenny and the Fly” – a series of paintings depicting old-fashioned machinery, concerned with modern mass-production.
Merit awards were given to Minien Hattingh, Mishkaah Amien, Mzwandile Mahlangu and Rourke Lyte-Mason for their excellent work in various media.