Centre kick-starts artist’s career

2017-04-18 06:01
Sthenjwa Luthuli get creative.

Sthenjwa Luthuli get creative.

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BOTHA’S Hill artist Sthenjwa Luthuli says his career in art began when he joined the BAT Centre visual art classes in 2010 which introduced him to the art industry and encouraged him to explore and develop his creativity.

In 2011 Luthuli enrolled for the Velobala Saturday art classes, hosted by the African Art Centre at the Durban University of Technology (DUT).
“The Velobala classes offer visual art instruction and fine arts education to creative artists away from the traditional urban clusters of arts infrastructure. As a result of my dedication and talent I was selected to take part in the Velobala mentorship programme in 2012.”

The programme exposed Luthuli to a more extensive programme of visual art in a formal environment with students of the Department of Fine Art at DUT.
Luthuli was mentored by Themba Shibase, artist and fine art lecturer at DUT.

He said he is inspired by Wangechi Mutu, Owusu Ankomah and Yinka Shonibare.

Since 2011 he has participated in group exhibitions in KwaZulu-Natal and Johannesburg. In 2012 he participated in various exhibitions in Bremen, Germany and completed a mural project in the Concordia Tunnel, which runs along the collections and in the international collection of the Leiterin der stadtischen Galerie in Bremen Germany.

“My work is to tell stories using human figure silhouettes and motifs to create work that is both beautiful and compelling, yet alluding to the complexities of the world based on how I view the world. I believe the way we live our lives should be spiritually connected to our ancestral ways.” – Supplied.



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