SPIRIT OF THE HEART an exhibition by THEMBALETHU MANQUNYANA and AYANDA MJI.
Opens 10/12/2017 and closes 07/01/2018 at MOK Gallery, Stellenbosch.
Thembalethu Manqunyana will be giving a performance, Black and White connect, “Black and White has no Colour.” This is an extremely powerful performance and should not be missed. Thembalethu has done extremely well with sales both nationally and internationally. He is currently continuing his studies and is doing performance art at AFDA in Port Elizabeth
Thembalethu’s work boasts a creative appearance. Fuelled by lived experience, he is very spiritual and paint’s from the heart. Thembalethu skilfully and purposefully brought together a host of disparate traditions, practices and styles to create a Fresh and unique visual narrative. The artist exemplifies how emerging African artists have reintroduced the human faces and human figures into their work following the wide success of modern conceptualism. Inspired by abstract expressionism and cubism, Picasso and Jean Michel Basquiate he went on to coin the term free form art, to describe his style.
Thembalethu will be joined by ceramicist Ayanda Mji, also from Port Elizabeth. Ayanda works from her studio in Blikkiesdorp. She receives visitors from all over the world and recently created works for the Nando’s Art Collection.
Ayanda Mji trained at Port Elizabeth Technicon, graduating in 1997. She launched her own studio in March 1999. Her theme was “Imfezekiso yamaphurpha” (dreams come true).
Ayanda supports the idea of women being empowered in their own communities. Many of her ceramic figures express the strength of women as well as her cultural roots and heritage. She is one of the most outstanding and unique ceramicists in the Province. Ayanda has exhibited widely in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Abroad and her work is included in a few institutional collections.
Image: Thembalethu Manqunyana. Untitled. 170x100cm. Oil on canvas.
For more information contact MOK Gallery at 072 553 5547