13 October 2020
Clement Mohale – “The creative adult is the one who survived”
Clement Mohale is a contemporary South African artist born in April 1994 at Bela-Bela. He has always been passionate about art from an early childhood. Clement has the honor to be mentored by the late Ernest Ditshego at The African Art Center, where learned and developed the basic skills and techniques of the arts discipline. In 2007 he won the Managers Choice Award for the Cashbuild Art At HeArt Community Competition and during 2020 he made to the final selection of The Lockdown Collection(Student) Portfolio. He is currently a public finance Student at Tshwane University of Technology and also studying Printmaking at Artist Proof Studio.
My works captures the beauty and strength of the African continent. The works I create portrays diverse culture of the African people and also how they strive to survive within the harsh environment they live in. Ever since I was a teenager I have been fascinated by the unrelenting divergence of the human condition. Therefore, this led to me devoting my creativity to the less fortunate by capturing and sharing their strives with the audience. And thus the intimate experience with my works provide a sense of compassion towards the affected people.
My works explores ones desired to overcome life challenges and becoming resilient in midst of all the trials and tribulations we face. I use different mediums such as Charcoal, pastel, acrylic and oil paints, which allows me to express my feelings and inner thoughts. Therefore, I do not limit myself to one medium, ideas and or concepts. My works consist of basic colors which conveys the mood of the artworks and also entangled lines which represents the degree of emotional, psychological and physical impact experienced by the people in the quest for a normal life.
Inspiration always changes because of the uncertainties of life circumstances as each day unfolds. In essence my works are inspired by the life challenges that I encounter and trying to find a fit for purpose in a society that comes with its own standards of ideals. My works are the best way to interpret the ideas I have about myself and the world I live in.