Live Virtual Auction, 22 September 2021

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R 15 243
Lot 22
  • John Muafangejo; Married People and Those Who are Called to Religious Life
  • John Muafangejo; Married People and Those Who are Called to Religious Life
  • John Muafangejo; Married People and Those Who are Called to Religious Life
  • John Muafangejo; Married People and Those Who are Called to Religious Life
  • John Muafangejo; Married People and Those Who are Called to Religious Life
  • John Muafangejo; Married People and Those Who are Called to Religious Life
  • John Muafangejo; Married People and Those Who are Called to Religious Life

Lot Estimate
R 10 000 - 15 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 15 243

About this Item

Namibian 1943-1987
Married People and Those Who are Called to Religious Life
signed, dated 1985, and numbered 20/150 in pencil in the margin
linocut
image size: 39,5 by 58cm; 62 by 80 by 3,5cm including frame

Notes

Renowned artist John Ndevasia Muafangejo was born in Ovamboland, Angola, in October 1943. After his mother, one of 8 wives, was widowed, the family moved south to Namibia to the mission station Epinga. In 1967, an American missionary, Father Mallory spotted Muafangejo’s talent and secured a place for the artist at the legendary Rorke’s Drift Art and Craft Centre in KwaZulu-Natal, established by the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church and run by art teachers Ulla and Peder Gowenius. Rorke’s Drift was a place of excellence, renowned for training artists in the disciplines of weaving, woodcraft, print-making, and pottery. Eighteen months after starting at the art school, Muafangejo was admitted to hospital and treated for a nervous breakdown, but he was able to go back to Rorke’s Drift in 1970 and complete his studies. He later returned to Namibia where he taught art for four years.

In 1974, Muafangejo was awarded an artist-in-residence position at Rorke’s Drift. Two years later, a collection of his prints was selected to be published by South African artist Walter Battiss, and in 1988 the artist received a Standard Bank National Arts Festival Guest Artist Award.

John Muafangejo died of a heart attack on 27 November 1987. His work is recognisable by his commanding portrayals of people and events combining text with images that reference his cultural heritage.

Provenance

Donated by Omar Valley.


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