Sam Nhlengethwa / Tributes / 2008

About

Sam Nhlengethwa explores a range of themes that encompass everyday urban life both in South Africa and elsewhere on the continent. Alternately sombre or playful, his works may focus on serious social, political and cultural commentary or on the sheer enjoyment of life. As a devotee of jazz, Nhlengethwa draws much of his inspiration from music, which features prominently throughout an oeuvre noted for its strong sense of design, syncopated rhythm and luminosity of colour. Nhlengethwa was Standard Bank Young Artists Award Winner in 1994.

For this exhibition Sam Nhlengethwa brings together his signature combination of collage and paint media to create impressive, large scale works that reflect on the social processes of art. Themed around opening nights, he makes tongue-in-cheek reference to the art world in arcane and witty fashion. The artist also continues his lithographic series of Tributes in which he pays homage to South Africa’s most illustrious artists such as Dumile Feni, David Koloane and Marlene Dumas.

  • Mine Trip Exhibition (Diptych)

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Mine Trip Exhibition (Diptych), 2008

    Collage, Oil And Acrylic On Canvas

    159.7 x 140 cm (each panel)

  • Opening Night: Jazz (Diptych)

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Opening Night: Jazz (Diptych), 2008

    Collage, Oil And Acrylic On Canvas

    180 x 159.5 cm

  • Senegalese Images Exhibition (Diptych)

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Senegalese Images Exhibition (Diptych), 2008

    Collage, Oil And Acrylic On Canvas

    159.8 x 140.3 cm (each panel)

  • Retrospect I (Triptych)

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Retrospect I (Triptych), 2008

    Collage, Oil And Acrylic On Canvas

    180 x 120.5 cm (each panel)

  • Tribute To Marlene Dumas

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Tribute To Marlene Dumas, 2008

    Lithograph

    49.5 x 69 cm

    Edition of 50

  • Tribute To Dumile Feni

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Tribute To Dumile Feni, 2008

    Lithograph

    49.5 x 69 cm

    Edition of 50

  • Tribute To Judith Mason

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Tribute To Judith Mason, 2008

    Lithograph

    49.5 x 69 cm

    Edition of 50

  • Tribute To William Kentridge

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Tribute To William Kentridge, 2008

    Lithograph

    56.5 x 90.5 cm

    Edition of 50