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Sam Nhlengethwa

South African 1955-  Top Artists


Sam Nhlengethwa was born in the mining community of Payneville, Springs, south-east of Johannesburg and after studying at the Rorke’s Drift Art Centre in the late 1970s, attended the Johannesburg Art Foundation, established by Bill Ainslie. He taught part-time at FUBA (Federated Union of Black Artists) in Johannesburg and came to national prominence in 1993 with the exhibition Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, which was put on at the Market Gallery in Johannesburg and the KZNSA Gallery in Durban. Nhlengethwa received the Standard Bank Young Artist Award in 1994 and his award show Homage to Jazz travelled the country over the following year.

The artist is best known for his figurative paintings and collage works exploring themes of social and art history, jazz, mining and domestic life, as well as his iconic Goat lithographs and the series of Tributes to other artists printed at The Artists’ Press in White River. His current figurative style post-dates a series of large, bold abstract works following his participation in the Thupelo workshops, founded in 1985 by artists David Koloane and Bill Ainslie. The annual, two-week workshop programme is associated with a flourishing of modernist abstraction among urban black artists.

Nhlengethwa’s work was included in the important exhibition Seven Stories about Modern Art in Africa at the Whitechapel Gallery in London in 1995, the 12th International Cairo Biennale in 2010, and (Re)constructions: Contemporary Art from South Africa in Rio de Janeiro in 2011. The artist was a founding member, with Pat Mautloa and David Koloane, of the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios in Newtown in 1991.

Source of image: Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.


195 lots offered      72.82% sold      R 6 061 600
 

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
Sam Nhlengethwa; The Launch
27 Sep 2021
Current bid R 6 000
 
Sam Nhlengethwa; Grazing I
27 Sep 2021
Starting at R 9 000
 
Sam Nhlengethwa; Loneliness III
23 Aug 2021
Sold for R 11 725
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Sam Nhlengethwa; A Study of Bearden
23 Aug 2021
Sold for R 5 863
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Sam Nhlengethwa; A Study of Ngatane
23 Aug 2021
Sold for R 4 690
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Sam Nhlengethwa; Musical Performers, three
11 Jul 2021
Unsold
 
Sam Nhlengethwa; Woman with Basin of Vegetables on her Head
7 Jun 2021
Unsold
 
Sam Nhlengethwa; Solo
7 Jun 2021
Sold for R 6 449
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Sam Nhlengethwa; Modern Jazz Quartet's Last Concert
7 Jun 2021
Sold for R 32 830
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Sam Nhlengethwa; Tribute to Romare Bearden
7 Jun 2021
Unsold
 
Sam Nhlengethwa; Tribute to Henri Matisse
7 Jun 2021
Sold for R 17 588
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Sam Nhlengethwa; Discussing
7 Jun 2021
Sold for R 12 898
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT

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