Ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plores artist’s world­view

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SOUTH Africa-born Nto­beko Mji­jwa will be show­cas­ing a se­ries of his art­works at the Ann Bryant Art Gallery in an ex­hi­bi­tion ti­tled Art Through Space and Time, which opens tonight at 6pm.

De­pict­ing Mji­jwa’s bib­li­cal world­view, more than 15 ex­pres­sive paint­ings from var­i­ous stages of his ca­reer will be on dis­play.

“I like paint­ing about peo­ple and ex­plor­ing the ques­tions we have about the world.

“I draw in­spi­ra­tion from the­ol­ogy and so­ci­ol­ogy and try to ex­press how the­ol­ogy at­tempts to grap­ple with and pro­vide an an­swer to the ques­tions we, as peo­ple, have about ex­is­tence,” said Mji­jwa, who com­pleted his BTech Fine Arts de­gree at Nel­son Man­dela Univer­sity and is now a se­nior lec­turer at the African Chris­tian Univer­sity in Zam­bia.

His Art Through Space and Time ex­hi­bi­tion will show­case his mixed me­dia paint­ings from three se­ries of work: Life is Vapour, Death, and Rap­pers as Schol­ars.

Each se­ries is in­formed by a dif­fer­ent theme or con­cept that Mji­jwa has ex­plored through­nur­ture out his ca­reer, his style chang­ing for each se­ries to best ex­press his views and feel­ings on the spe­cific theme.

“All of these art­works have been ex­hib­ited be­fore but these are the pieces that have been left over, and in­stead of let­ting them col­lect dust some­where I thought I’d do some­thing with them,” said Mji­jwa, who has also ex­hib­ited and sold art­works at the State of The Art Gallery in Cape Town.

From poignant im­agery that brings ‘Mr Death’ to life in his Death se­ries to the misty, face­less fig­ures por­trayed in Life is Vapour, Mji­jwa con­fronts ex­is­ten­tial ques­tions and uses his art to ignite con­ver­sa­tion.

Ma­ji­jwa at­tributes his suc­cesses in the art in­dus­try to his fa­ther’s in­stinct years ago.

“I wouldn’t have stud­ied art if it weren’t for my dad and I’m very thank­ful that he steered me in that di­rec­tion.”

Ma­ji­jwa’s art­works will be on sale, with the pro­ceeds from two paint­ings go­ing to two East Lon­don-based char­i­ties.

The ex­hi­bi­tion was or­gan­ised by the Rad­i­cal Cre­ative Mu­sic and Me­dia group and will be open daily un­til July 18.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Claude Qong­wana on 079-8336707.

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IN­NO­VA­TIVE: Nto­beko Mji­jwa’s Art Through Time and Space ex­hi­bi­tion opens at the Ann Bryant Art Gallery tonight at 6pm.

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