SAM NHLENGETHWA

Glimpses of the 50's and 60's (2004)

azikhwelwa
Azikhwelwa
Multi-colour photo-lithograph.
49cm x 38cm
Edition size: 25
hard at work I
H
ard at work I
Multi-colour photo-lithograph.
49cm x 38cm
Edition size: 25
Hard at work II
H
ard at work II
Multi-colour photo-lithograph.
49cm x 38cm
Edition size: 25
The Compounds
The Compounds
Multi-colour photo-lithograph.
49cm x 38cm
Edition size: 25
whites only area
 W
hites only area
Multi-colour photo-lithograph.
49cm x 38cm
Edition size: 25
The shebeen
 
The shebeen
Multi-colour photo-lithograph.
49cm x 38cm
Edition size: 25
The grinding stone
The grinding stone
Multi-colour photo-lithograph.
49cm x 38cm
Edition size: 25
The coal shed
 
The coal shed
Multi-colour photo-lithograph.
49cm x 38cm
Edition size: 25
Stop it Verwoerd
 
Stop it Verwoerd
Multi-colour photo-lithograph.
49cm x 38cm
Edition size: 25
Skipping
S
kipping
Multi-colour photo-lithograph.
49cm x 38cm
Edition size: 25
Sharpeville massacre
 
Sharpeville massacre
Multi-colour photo-lithograph.
49cm x 38cm
Edition size: 25
Pass raid
 
Pass raid
Multi-colour photo-lithograph.
49cm x 38cm
Edition size: 25
Near the bus stop
Near the bus stop

Multi-colour photo-lithograph.
49cm x 38cm
Edition size: 25
Miners showering
 
Sharpeville massacre
Multi-colour photo-lithograph.
49cm x 38cm
Edition size: 25
Migrant labourers
 
Migrant labourers
Multi-colour photo-lithograph.
49cm x 38cm
Edition size: 25
Mbombela
Mbombela
Multi-colour photo-lithograph.
49cm x 38cm
Edition size: 25
Humiliation
 
Humiliation
Multi-colour photo-lithograph.
49cm x 38cm
Edition size: 25

A series of prints which are all of the same size. Paper size 49cm x 38cm, image size 20cmm x 28cm. Each print is between four and seven colours. Printed by hand as colour photo lithographs from pre-sensitised aluminium plates. Edition size is 25 of each print in the series. The images draw on historical work, mainly from the photographers Jurgen Shadeburg, Peter Magubane, David Goldblatt and Ernest Cole. Nhlengethwa has also made use of images from his personal family archive in this series which explores his childhood and youth within the context of South Africa at the time. Thus the political, social, economic and personal are highlighted in separate images in the series. The prints combine collage, painting and drawing.

 

NEW INTERIORS SERIES (2003)

Sam Nhlengetwa - Tribute to Dumisani Mabaso
Tribute to Dumisani Mabaso
nine
colour lithograph
57 x 76.5 cm
Edition 50
Sam Nhlengetwa - Tribute to George Pemba
Tribute to George Pemba

twelve
colour lithograph
57 x 76.5 cm
Edition 50
Sam Nhlengetwa - Tribute to Gerhard Sekoto
Tribute to Gerard Sekoto

twelve
colour lithograph
57 x 76.5 cm
Edition 50
Sam Nhlengetwa - Tribute to Esta Mahlangu
Tribute to Esta Mahlangu

ten
colour lithograph
57 x 76.5 cm
Edition 50
Sam Nhlengetwa - Tribute to Robert Hodgins
 Tribute to Robert Hodgins

four
colour lithograph
57 x 76.5 cm
Edition 50

Sam has revisited the interior theme from a new angle. In his first series of interiors Sam dealt with personal memories of interior spaces. In this series he extends the concept of prints as a tribute to those that have inspired him and focuses on a selection of South African artists. Sam studied at Rorkes Drift with Dumisani Mabaso and the two remain close friends. At the time that Dumi was working on his series at the press, Sam was taken with the images that Dumi was working on and so has included them in this print. George Pemba is one of the grandfathers of South African art and Sam pays homage to the man who despite the odds against him committed his life to the visual arts.

Gerard Sekoto holds a special place in Sam's heart as he exhibited with him in the late 1980's just before Sekoto's death in exile. Esta Mahlangu has forged a path for herself despite being a rural woman with limited formal education and in so doing has been at the forefront of placing Ndebele Art on the international art map. Like Sam, Mahlangu celebrates her culture and identity. Robert Hodgins is an inspiration to all South African artists and seems to have a limitless well of energy. In this print Hodgins has signed each of the two little prints that Sam has done on the "wall" of the interior. Thus adding to the print and in a humorous way appropriating it.

 

THE JAZZ SERIES (2002)


Tribute to Lemmy Special Mabaso

seven colour lithograph
75 x 106 cm
Edition 50

Tribute to Sammy Davis Junior

five colour lithograph
75 x 106 cm
Edition 50

Tribute to Miriam Makeba

seven colour lithograph
75 x 106 cm
Edition 50

Inspired by 
Ron Carter

six colour lithograph
75 x 106 cm
Edition 50

Modern Jazz Quartet's Last Concert

four colour lithograph
75 x 106 cm
Edition 50

Ode to Thelonius Monk

five colour lithograph
75 x 106 cm
Edition 50

Tacet

seven colour lithograph
75 x 106 cm
Edition 50

Tribute to Nina Simone

five colour lithograph
 75 x 106 cm
Edition 50

Dear Ella Fitzgerald
 
six colour lithograph
75 x 106 cm
Edition 50

Inspired by Abdullah Ibrahim
five colour lithograph
75 x 106 cm
Edition 50

Sam Nhlengethwa's first lithographs at The Artists' Press were a series of five prints around the Jazz theme, and were published to coincide with his exhibition as the Standard Bank Young artist of the year in 1994. This series was very popular, and after repeated requests, Sam has returned to the Jazz theme. The new set of ten prints are almost twice the size of the first series and pay tribute to the great jazz artists who have inspired Sam over the years. The prints are hand-printed on white Arches paper, with between 4 and 7 colours on each print. Sam drew directly on ball-grained aluminium plates using Korns pencils and Tusche.

Sam Nhlengethwa - Brief statement on why I fuse jazz and art.

Jazz simply inspires me. Of all the subjects that I have dealt with, none has been re-visited like jazz. Jazz is second nature to me. I come from a family of jazz lovers. My eldest brother, Ranky, was a jazz musician. I used to hang around with him and his friends a lot. I still play the flute that he gave me. I think at heart, I am a non-practising jazz musician!

Painting jazz pieces is an avenue or outlet for expressing my love for the music. As I paint, I listen to jazz and visualize the performance. Jazz performers improvise within the conventions of their chosen styles. In an ensemble, for example, there are vocal styles that include freedom of vocal colour, call-and-response patterns and rhythmic complexities played by different members. Painting jazz allows me to literally put colour onto these vocal colours.

Jazz is rhythmic and it emphasizes interpretation rather than composition. There are deliberate tonal distortions that contribute to its uniqueness. My jazz collages, with their distorted patterns, attempt to communicate all of this. As a collagist and painter, fortunately, the technique allows me this freedom of expression. Like a jazz musician who can depart from the original melody altogether and improvise on its harmonic base, I create a well-balanced final product with interesting textures, perspective and dimensions from juxtaposing pieces from different original backgrounds. What I am doing is not new though, as there are other artists before me, who painted jazz pieces eg. Gerard Sekoto, Romare Bearden, Henri Matisse.

The jazz musicians I chose inspire me. Their music is educational. Nina Simone for instance, sings about the suffering of African Americans. I enjoy her music and message. Modern Jazz quartets music is instrumental but meaningful.

I buy jazz CDs and DVD's as part of my career. Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett, John Coltrane feature highly in my collection and I also have their autobiographies. Ron Carter made me love acoustic bass especially in his album with Roberta Flack "The first time I ever saw your face" - I was 17 when I first listened to it and knew pretty little about love but I enjoyed the instruments played.

In addition to the international jazz musicians in my collection, I have a number of locals like Mirriam Makeba (or Mama Africa as she is affectionately known), Lemmy "Special" Mabaso, Abdullah Ibrahim etc. Their early music reminds me of Keith Jarrett's words: "Jazz is like a vehicle that transports various traditions...". Lemmy Maseko played the penny whistle with skill; Mirriam Makeba's "Malaika" backed by overseas musicians became a hit. Abdullah Ibrahim is a well respected pianist. You can bring together jazz musicians from different backgrounds to perform and they will produce a stunning piece of music!

Thank you, Sam Nhlengethwa

MINE TRIP (1996)

Sam Nhlengethwa - Team Leaders III
Team Leaders III
five colour lithograph
32.5 x 41.2 cm
Edition 40
Sam Nhlengethwa - Ingolovane
Ingolovane

single
colour lithograph
28.7 x 28 cm
Edition 35
Sam Nhlengethwa - Maintenance
Maintenance 
five
colour lithograph
56.5 x 76.3 cm
Edition 30
Sam Nhlengethwa - Underground
Underground 

six
colour lithograph
43.5 x 28.5 cm
Edition 30
Sam Nhlengethwa - Blue Carriage
 The Blue Carriage
five colour lithograph
33.3 x 28 cm
Edition 45

In early 1996, Sam visited a number of coal, diamond and gold mines in South Africa. He spent time underground, interacting with the miners who inspired him to do this series. Through these images he seeks to give dignity to the frequently forgotten miners whose lives are spent unearthing the mineral wealth of South Africa.

The Mine Trip original lithographs have been handprinted from stones and aluminium plates, sometimes with chine collé onto Arches and Somerset papers. They are printed in editions ranging from twenty to forty five, with each impression being signed by the artist.

INTERIORS (1998)

Sam Nhlengethwa - The Grey Door
The Grey Door

six
colour lithograph
50 x 65 cm
Edition 50
Sam Nhlengethwa - A Hotel in Randfontein
A Hotel in Randfontein

eight colour lithograph
50 x 65 cm
Edition 50

In this series of prints Sam started to explore interiors as a metaphor for psychological space. The images are taken from his personal memories and reflect spaces that influenced him while he was growing up,

 

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CURRICULUM VITAE: SAM NHLENGETHWA

Sam NhlengethweBORN: 09.01.55, Payneville, Springs, South Africa

EDUCATION

Tlakula High School (Kwa-Thema, Springs)

1976-77 Johannesburg Art Foundation

1977-78 Fine Art Diploma, Rorkes Drift Art Centre, Natal

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1990 Cassirer Fine Art (with guest Daniel Phaladi)

1993 Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Travelling show: Market Gallery (Jhb), NSA Gallery (Durban)

1994/5 Homage to Jazz. Standard Bank Young Artist Award. Various venues.

1995 Senegalese Images. Goodman Gallery, Hyde Park, Jhb

1996 Mine Trip. Goodman Gallery, Hyde Park, Jhb

1998 Interiors. Goodman Gallery, Hyde Park, Jhb

2001 Jozi People. Goodman Gallery, Hyde Park. Jhb

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1981 Civic Centre, Kwa-Thema, Springs
Haenggi Gallery, Jhb

1983 Shell Gallery, Jhb

1984 Fuba Gallery, Jhb

1985 Tributaries, Africana Museum, sponsored by BMW, Jhb

1986 The Thupelo show, Fuba Gallery, JhbFrankfurt, West Germany
Academy Gallery, Paris, France, with Gerard Sekoto, David Koloane, Dumisane Mabaso, Tony Nkotsi and Durant Sihlali

1987 Two-man show with Madi Phala: Fuba Gallery
Thupelo show in Botswana
The Art Foundation (Thupelo)
Cassirer Fine Art, Jhb

1988 Cassirer Fine Art, Jhb

1989 Two-man show: with Gerard Sekoto, Cassirer Fine Art, Jhb
Thupelo show, Fuba Gallery, Jhb

1990 Thupelo show, Fuba Gallery, Jhb
Goodman Gallery, Hyde Park, Jhb

1995 Africa '95, White Chapel, London

1997 Cross Over Johannesburg to Nantes held in Nantes, France

1998 Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Art Salon, Bay Hotel, Cape Town

1999 Fast Forward Rewind, Van Reekun Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands
South African Trade Exhibition, Mauritius
Artery Association for Visual Arts, (Metropolitan Gallery), Cape Town
The Art Salon, Bay Hotel, Cape Town

2000 Two-man show with Zwelethu Mthethwa, Seippel Art Gallery, Cologne, Germany
The Art Salon, Bay Hotel, Cape Town
Artlook South Africa, Gahlberg Gallery, College of Du Page, Chicago, USA
Project Conflux, a touring exhibition started in Cape Town

2001 Lines of Connection, Cameroon
Two-man show Sam meets Zwelethu, a collaboration with Zwelethu Mthethwa, Goodman Galley, Jhb
The Art Salon, Bay Hotel, Cape Town

2002 Towards new Cultures, Trevi Exhibition Area, Bolzano, Italy Art City billboards exhibition, Jhb

COMMISSIONS

1991 Illustrations for the "Sunday Star" magazine
Cover illustration for Alex Civic association

1993 "Weekly Mail" Artists of South Africa Subscription promotion

1994 Paperback book cover design for "None to accompany me" by Nadine Gordimer

1995 Pope John Paul II's illustration, "Sunday Times Inside Magazine" Gauteng Provincial Legislature

1999 Fedsure Life Assurance Ltd.

1998 MTN Building (Sandton, Jhb)

2000 Daimler Chrysler Award for South African Jazz 2001, Illustration for CD cover, posters and invitations

COLLECTIONS

Mobil Court (Cape Town)

Johannesburg Art Gallery

Anglo American (Jhb)

World Bank (USA)

Botswana Art Museum

MTN Art Institute (Jhb)

Sasol (Jhb)

The German Art Museum (Frankfurt, Germany)

National Gallery (Cape Town)

Durban Art Gallery

Tatham Art Gallery (Pietermaritzburg)

Gencor (Jhb)

Standard Bank Head Office (Jhb)

BMW (Pretoria)

Mpumalanga Legislature (Nelspruit)

Mercedes-Benz (Jhb)

Telkom

Absa

Nedcor (Jhb)

Johannesburg Stock Exchange (Jhb)

SABC (SA Broadcasting Corporation, Jhb)

Daimler Chrysler (Pretoria)

Mr Robert Loder (London, UK)

Mr Harry Belafonte (USA)

Ms Gay McDougall (USA) (Director: Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights)

Ms Delfina for Delfina Studios (London, UK)

Mr Leslie Israele (Director: M & L Distributors (Pty) Ltd. Cape Town)

Johannesburg Consolidated Investments (JCI)

Dr Msendane (RSA)

Numerous works around South Africa and abroad

NOMINATIONS, AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

1988 A.A Vita awards nominee (Jhb)

1991 A.A Vita Awards nominee (Jhb)
Triangle International Artists Workshop (New York, USA)

1992 A.A Vita Awards nominee (Jhb)
Delfina Studio Trust Summer Award (London, UK)

1993 Betrams VO Art for Africa Award finalist (Jhb)
Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for 1994 (RSA)

1994 First National Bank Vita Awards nominee (Jhb)
TENQ African Workshop - Senegal (West Africa)

1995 African Studies Association conference, Florida (USA)

1996 First National Bank Vita Awards nominee (Jhb)

1999 Medicins Sans Frontiers project Art without Frontiers , Dubai (UAE) where 40 international artists took part in painting the worlds longest painting to raise funds for MSF.

RELATED ACTIVITIES

1992 College of DuPage, [Glen Ellyn, Chicago, USA]: Conducting Liberal Arts Workshops and presenting lectures in collaboration with Associate Professor Chuck Boone as part of the ARTLOOK S A project.

1996 Havanna, Cuba : participant in the filming of the Afro-Cuban Connection documentary

2000 MTN Art Institute Community project: Conducting art workshops in various schools around the country Gerard Sekoto Foundation Community project: Involved in a mural painting project with students (Limpopo & Sophiatown)
Secure the Future: a Bristol Myers Squibb art project to promote HIV/AIDS research.

2001 Cameroon: Lines of Connection: an MTN Art Institute project - exhibiting and facilitating education workshops for students from Douala, Cameroon.
Gerard Sekoto Foundation project in partnership with Mamelodi Heritage Foundation, De Beers and Pretoria Art Museum in a mural painting project involving local students.

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

The 20th Century Artbook (Phaidon Press Limited, 1999) ISBN 0 7148 3850. Page 336.

The Money Standard Vol. 1 No 4 1999. Page 26

FNB Vita Art Now 1995. ISBN 0 620 20197 5. Page 36

Vuka SA Vol. 2 No. 3 June/July 1997. ISSN 1025-2134. Pages 6-7

Jazz Heritage Vol. 4 1999. ISSN 1560-7720. Pages 16-17

L Art Africain Contemporain (Association Dialogue Entre Les Cultures) 1992-4. ISBN 2-909711-005. Page 27

Andries Oliphant, 'A human face: The Death of Biko and South African Art' in Seven Stories about Modern Art in Africa, 1995:258)

INTERNET LINKS:

Sam Nhlengethwa at the Goodman Gallery 

Sam Nhlengethwa at the Virtual Gallery

More Sam Nhlengethwa artworks 

 

 

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