Contemporary Art

Live Auction, 16 February 2019

Contemporary Auction

Sold for

ZAR 43 244
Lot 6
  • Sam Nhlengethwa; Full Load

Lot Estimate
ZAR 30 000 - 50 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 43 244

About this Item

South African 1955-
Full Load
signed and dated '16; signed, dated and inscribed with the title on the reverse
oil and collage on canvas
50,5 by 50,5cm excluding frame


'Like a jazz musician who can depart from the original melody altogether and improvise on its harmonic base, I create a well-balanced final artwork with interesting textures, perspective and dimensions by juxtaposing pieces from different original backgrounds'1

Nhlengethwa studied art at the Rorke’s Drift Art Centre and later taught part-time at Fuba winning the Standard Bank Young Artist Award in 1994.

Initially influenced by American artist, Romare Bearden, who drew inspiration from jazz, the young artist found a wellspring of expression in collage. This, in combination with paint and drawing, has contributed to his unique and recognisable style.

The subject of his work ranges widely, but his message can be described as expressive social realism. The title is simple and connotes the great burden someone of this socio-economic class must carry on a daily basis in order to survive and move from the periphery of society to centre stage.

 1. David Koloane. (2004) 'Sam Nhlengethwa', in Sophie Perryer (ed.) 10 Years, 100 Artists: Art in a Democratic South Africa, Cape Town: Bell-Roberts in association with Struik. Page 274.


Donated by the artist.

The proceeds from the sale of this lot will benefit the Greatmore Studios Trust.

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