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PAUL SIBISI AT AAC (article first published : 2003-04-6)

An exhibition of prints and colour washaway paintings by well-known Durban artist Paul Sibisi will be opened at 17h30 on April 9 by Prof. Eleanor Preston-Whyte at the African Art Centre

“The discovery of early works of art by Paul Sibisi is a rare find and an occasion for much celebration,” says the African Art Centre’s director Anthea Martin. “It is quite possibly the only time in the history of South African art that works created in 1973 at the ELC Art and Craft Centre at Rorke’s Drift are being seen for the first time in South Africa, thirty years after they were made.

“All the works on this exhibition were shown outside this country in 1987 at the Anderson O’Day gallery, London. After the exhibition there, they were stored safely at that gallery until they were returned in September 2002 to the artist, at his request.”

In the early linocuts and woodcut prints from the 1970’s, Paul showed life around him: the spinning workshop at Rorkes Drift, street kids, young cyclists, etc. His works of the 1980’s are his protest against the unjust apartheid system. In one work, titled A lesson in absurdity he makes a telling comment on the educational system of the time.

Born in 1948 at Umkhumbane, Durban, Paul Sibisi studied at Ndaleni Art School and Rorkes Drift Art School and taught for many years at Mzuvele High School in Kwa Mashu. His works are in all the major collections in South Africa.

The exhibition runs until April 30 and the African Art Centre is situated on the first floor of the Old Station Building, 160 Pine Street, Durban. Contact 031 304 7915.




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