Art and its fountainhead, the artist, must evolve. It should try not to take sides but narrate what it observes in a constantly evolving style that is not rigid in technique and possibilities. An artists must remember that as much as they love what they do the results are two fold, self actualisation through their art production by way of sharing their vision with art lovers, students of the arts and collectors while at the same time making a living from their craft.… Read More COACO: Morena David Mthubu Koloane
Senzo. I met good artists at the classes offered by the Johannesburg Art Gallery, one guy Blessing Ngubeni I also met him there. He works here now. So we were kept busy drawing each other, doing portraits. I enjoyed it very much…
Mmutle. This is in 2006
Senzo. Yes, it was nice because I did not know… I never went to a place where they could offer a free art lesson, also free art material. I mean I just went there without anything so they gave us pencils and whatnot, we were seating and just drawing. Hanging around a group of artists it was also …blood to me, I felt like, very very good. For the first time in Jo’burg I was making friends and I was around people I could relate to. Sometimes we would seat and do portraits. I don’t know if I can jump to that place but what happened I found out now about those art classes they used to call them Taxi Art Classes. But back then I did not know that those art classes were funded by David Krut.
Mmutle. So you only learnt about this later…?
Senzo. I found out maybe two years ago or so. I was just chatting to David about that period of my life and he said ‘I was actually the one who funded the materials’
… Read More Interview with Senzo Njabulo Shabangu (Part Two): Towards a Concrete Concept
Mmutle. What was your experience of the, of the first solo exhibition that you had …and when was it?
Senzo. My first solo exhibition I called it I ‘Naked Pressure’ it was in 2010 if I am not mistaken, because I met David Krut, no 2011, I met David Krut uhm, uhm after I won the David Koloane Award in 2010. Trhough the award I acquired a working space here at the Bag Factory for three months. I was working with three international artists, one from Holland and one from Germany. For the first time uBaba koloane, I call him Doctor Koloane, Pat Mautloa, these people were here, they were around me and they were mentoring me, being there molding me. In the morning before we worked they will have coffee with me and they will talk to me. They gave me the opportunity to explore what I wanted to explore.… Read More Interview with Senzo Njabulo Shabangu (Part One): Today, Tomorrow, Everyday
Milestone Mmutle Arthur Kgokong: Good day Rudolph I will like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to interview you Rudolph Tshie: Good day Mr Mmutle Mmutle: I will like to thank you for allowing me to have the opportunity to have an interview with you with regard to you as an artist. I… Read More Intraparadox, Interview with Rudolph Tshie