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