COLOUR YOUR WORLD: ARTIST GIVES TOWN­SHIP LIFE A LICK OF PAINT

Go! & Express - - Front Page - QHAMANI LINGANI

IF YOU hap­pen to be trav­el­ling down the Old Transkei Road, look out for Shaune Sit­hole who sells his beau­ti­ful art on the side of the road.

His unique and mag­nif­i­cent art is made out of old, rusty ma­te­rial, as well as cooldrink, veg­etable and fruit tins.

All the paint­ings on dis­play fea­ture Ta­ble Moun­tain in the back­ground with shacks high­light­ing the liv­ing con­di­tions of town­ship dwellers as the main fo­cus.

“I lived in Cape Town from 2014 to 2016 in a town­ship and that is where my in­spi­ra­tion comes from. That is why I have cre­ated some­thing like this [re­fer­ring to his art­works].

“Town­ships in­spire me ... I love it there,” he said.

In East Lon­don, he lives in Gqob­has Lo­ca­tion near Gonu­bie.

“Soon, I will be do­ing some­thing that rep­re­sents East Lon­don. I am still check­ing the place out and get­ting [to know] the area,” the 23-year-old Sit­hole said.

He only did art as a school sub­ject, but other than that, ev­ery­thing he does is self-taught.

“My father was also an artist, but he doesn’t do it any­more,” Sit­hole said.

“He some­times helps me and ad­vises me on what I need to do. He also comes up with ideas [for me],” he said.

Busi­ness is not a bed of roses for the Zim­babwe-born artist, he told the Go! last week, say­ing that sales only pick up dur­ing the se­cond half of the year.

So for now his strug­gles are real as the sale of his art­works is his only way of putting food on the ta­ble for him and his father.

The price of his art­works ranges be­tween R250 and R1500.

Picture: QHAMANI LINGANI

MIXED ME­DIA: Shaune Sit­hole paints colour­ful pic­tures de­pict­ing life in South Africa and makes a liv­ing by sell­ing his art on the side of the road

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