Imbali artist exhibits at Art in the Park

2017-05-10 06:01
PHOTO: nokuthula khanyileMorgan Mahape with some of his work at the 2017 Art in the Park.

PHOTO: nokuthula khanyileMorgan Mahape with some of his work at the 2017 Art in the Park.

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DEBUT artist at the 55th Art in the Park, Morgan Mahape received praise for his rare black-and- white beaded portraits.

The beaded portraits have been adapted from photographs and include replicates of a young Nelson Mandela, Mona Lisa and Spanish painter Pablo Picasso.

In this series, Mahape combines authentic hues so well that the works look similar to the originals.

Speaking to the Maritzburg Echo, Mahape said he has been artist for as long as he can remember.

“I have been doing art since I was four years old.

“I have mainly been known as a sculpture and painter and with this series I am trying to break away from the norm of limiting myself as a ‘painter and sculptor’. As an artist I explore different materials because art has no boundaries.”

The 34-year-old said he was invited by the Department of Art and Culture to showcase his work at the exhibition.

“Recently I have also started mixing candle and colour crayon wax to create portraits. I also use concrete and steel to create my art.

“I create portraits of people who have had some influence in my life, like Picasso, who was one of the most dominant and influential artists we have ever seen.”

Another artist who was exhibiting at the Art in the Park for the first time is Zakhele Hlabisa from Mtubatuba.

Hlabisa said the opportunity provided him with exposure and a chance to network.

“My paintings depict cultural, religious and political issues. I try and paint things that directly affect the community like drought and also study the current political state of the country and depict that through my work.”

Hlabisa uses acrylic paint, coffee and ink on his canvases and also does pencil drawing portraits.

“I did not study art but in high school I realised I could draw. I only started taking my craft seriously in 2009 after visiting various art galleries and realised that being an artist could be a business and a voice.”

Hlabisa has showcased his work at various­ art exhibitions including at the Hillcrest Art in the Valley and Durban KZNSA gallery.

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