Tue, 30th Nov 2021 18:00

Modern & Contemporary Art | Johannesburg

 
  Lot 23
 
Lot 23 - Phillemon Hlungwani (South Africa 1975-)

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Phillemon Hlungwani (South Africa 1975-)
Ntsako Wa Ti Endlela Wena Nwinyi (You Create Your Own Happiness)

charcoal on paper

Artwork date: 2016
Signature details: signed and dated bottom right

(Qty: 1)

150 x 165 cm; framed size: 177.5 x 192 x 6 cm

Provenance:

Private collection, Johannesburg.

Everard Read, Johannesburg.

Notes:

Emotive depictions of women, as the central subject, in various forms of activity are a common feature in Phillemon Hlungwani’s work. They are portrayed dancing, ploughing, fetching water, or walking – sometimes balancing various containers on their heads. Often garbed in a ‘metjeka’ (bright traditional Xitsonga dress) or with a ‘tjale’ (small checkered blankets) wrapped around their shoulders like a ‘makoti’ (a newlywed daughter-in-law), they exude joy and confidence. With this recurrence of women in several of his artworks, Hlungwani is celebrating his mother as well as the women in his community – who are the strength and pillars in many traditional households.

This exuberance of women’s vigour and spirit is evident in this beautiful large-scale drawing aptly titled Ntsako Wa Ti Endlela Nwiny (You Create Your Own Happiness) from 2016. Seen here is a group of women with bright wraps tied around their waists as skirts, walking, singing, and clapping their hands. They seem to be ululating, possibly in jubilation of receiving a newlywed daughter-in-law or participating in a traditional ceremony of womanhood.

Phillemon Hlungwani often titles his work using Xitsonga proverbs which conveys the intended theme of the artwork, while taking immense pride in his culture and first language.

A rising star in contemporary art, Hlungwani received his art training from the Johannesburg Art Foundation (founded by the respected Bill Ainslie), before moving on to study printmaking at Artist Proof Studio. He extended his skill by going on a study tour of print making studios in the United States sponsored by the Ampersand Foundation. Important commissions include murals for the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg. He won the award for the King Korn Competition in 2000 and 2001, and in 2003 received the Mungana Lonene FM log Design Award.

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charcoal on paper

Artwork date: 2016
Signature details: signed and dated bottom right

(Qty: 1)

150 x 165 cm; framed size: 177.5 x 192 x 6 cm

Provenance:

Private collection, Johannesburg.

Everard Read, Johannesburg.

Notes:

Emotive depictions of women, as the central subject, in various forms of activity are a common feature in Phillemon Hlungwani’s work. They are portrayed dancing, ploughing, fetching water, or walking – sometimes balancing various containers on their heads. Often garbed in a ‘metjeka’ (bright traditional Xitsonga dress) or with a ‘tjale’ (small checkered blankets) wrapped around their shoulders like a ‘makoti’ (a newlywed daughter-in-law), they exude joy and confidence. With this recurrence of women in several of his artworks, Hlungwani is celebrating his mother as well as the women in his community – who are the strength and pillars in many traditional households.

This exuberance of women’s vigour and spirit is evident in this beautiful large-scale drawing aptly titled Ntsako Wa Ti Endlela Nwiny (You Create Your Own Happiness) from 2016. Seen here is a group of women with bright wraps tied around their waists as skirts, walking, singing, and clapping their hands. They seem to be ululating, possibly in jubilation of receiving a newlywed daughter-in-law or participating in a traditional ceremony of womanhood.

Phillemon Hlungwani often titles his work using Xitsonga proverbs which conveys the intended theme of the artwork, while taking immense pride in his culture and first language.

A rising star in contemporary art, Hlungwani received his art training from the Johannesburg Art Foundation (founded by the respected Bill Ainslie), before moving on to study printmaking at Artist Proof Studio. He extended his skill by going on a study tour of print making studios in the United States sponsored by the Ampersand Foundation. Important commissions include murals for the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg. He won the award for the King Korn Competition in 2000 and 2001, and in 2003 received the Mungana Lonene FM log Design Award.

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The overall condition is very good.

Archivally framed, floated to the backing mount, not laid down. The paper is cockling.

The frame is in good overall condition.

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Auction: Modern & Contemporary Art | Johannesburg, Tue, 30th Nov 2021

 

A focused collection of top historical, modern and contemporary artworks, this boutique-style sale presents impressive examples of South Africa’s best-known artists at auction. Included is a wonderful oil on canvas still-life by Irma Stern painted in 1936, an exquisite equestrian painting by Tretchikoff, 4 early watercolours by George Pemba, a monumental Villa from 1976 and 6 superb lots by William Kentridge. Also on offer are impressive contemporary works by Kate Gottgens, Phillemon Hlungwani, Wim Botha and Banele Khoza, amongst others.

Notably, the sale also includes works from the collection of the world-renowned Handspring Puppet Company. This collection maps much of the company’s creative, personal and professional journey and includes works by Kentridge, Pemba, Simon Stone and Zanele Muholi, amongst others.

The Live Auction is the first to be held at Aspire’s new premises in Johannesburg, located in the heart of the city’s art district, in Bolton Road, Parkwood.

 

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