Lucas Thobejane, African women, 2021. R32 000.00
Lucas Thobejane, African women, 2021. Ebony wood, 14,5 x 45cm x 30cm. Provenance: The artist.
MORE ON THE ARTIST
In the works on exhibition, Thobejane pays tribute to the people who have played a major role in his life: Jackson Hlongwane, who was the father of contemporary African art in Southern Africa. He had a major impact on fellow artists by using traditional wood carving techniques but imbuing it with conceptual depth. Another leading figure in the artist’s life was Philip Rikhotso who followed Hlongwane’s example and was one of the first black artists to be included in contemporary South African Biennales and major exhibitions. The other work, African women, pays tribute to African women that are hardworking, withstanding hardship and raising children under difficult circumstances. No water, no life is a response to local political histories, structures and struggles. Thobejane conjures imagery that presents the plight of the lack of clean water. His work is driven by a sense of functionality of the art object in order unequivocally to express and communicate urgency with regard to redressing and alleviating socio-political conditions.
Lucas Thobejane was born in Ga-Nkoana Village, Sekhukhune District, 1973. He lives and works in Ga- Nkoana Village. Major exhibitions: Polokwane Art Museum; ABSA Art Gallery, Johannesburg; Franco Mozambique Museum; Sasol Gallery, Stellenbosch; Gordart Gallery, Johannesburg; Fried Contemporary, Pretoria; Sasol New Signatures Competition; Absa L’Atelier; Spier Contemporary 2007/08; Spier Contemporary 2009/10.
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