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Sam Nhlengethwa

South African 1955- 


Sam Nhlengethwa was born in the mining community of Payneville, Springs, south-east of Johannesburg. After studying at the Rorke’s Drift Art Centre in the late 1970s, he attended the Johannesburg Art Foundation, which was established by Bill Ainslie. Nhlengethwa taught part-time at Federated Union of Black Artists (FUBA) in Johannesburg and came to national prominence in 1993 with the exhibition Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow at both 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, Bongi Dhlomo 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, Sandy Burnett and David Koloane, of the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios in Newtown in 1991.

Source of image: Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.


238 lots offered      69.75% sold      ZAR 6 539 012
 

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
Sam Nhlengethwa; Miners, five
8 Nov 2020
Sold for ZAR 341 400
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Sam Nhlengethwa; Miners
26 Jul 2020
Sold for ZAR 250 360
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Sam Nhlengethwa; Johannesburg Construction Workers
20 May 2019
Sold for ZAR 227 600
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Sam Nhlengethwa; Abstract with Yellow Triangle
20 May 2019
Sold for ZAR 227 600
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Sam Nhlengethwa; The Jazz Player, Miriam Makeba
20 May 2019
Sold for ZAR 227 600
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Sam Nhlengethwa; Image IV
4 Jun 2018
Sold for ZAR 227 600
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Sam Nhlengethwa; Abstract in Orange and Blue
7 Nov 2016
Sold for ZAR 227 360
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Sam Nhlengethwa; Solo
7 Oct 2019
Sold for ZAR 216 220
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Sam Nhlengethwa; The Thupelo Workshop I
8 Nov 2020
Sold for ZAR 204 840
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Sam Nhlengethwa; A Market Scene
16 May 2011
Sold for ZAR 200 520
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Sam Nhlengethwa; Image III
5 Jun 2017
Sold for ZAR 170 520
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Sam Nhlengethwa; Johannesburg Construction Workers
11 Nov 2013
Sold for ZAR 170 520
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT

Results in green indicate post sales.


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