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ITHUNGA ART CALENDAR 2000 (article first published : 1999-11-19)

For under R50 (R45.60, to be precise) you can enjoy the work of six of South Africa’s finest and most accomplished artists, all of whom come from KZN. Images of Everyday Life is the theme of a beautifully-produced calendar for 2000 published by the iThunga Art Project. Initiated by Artworks Publishing, publishers of the Mamba arts publication, iThunga (referring to the carved wooden milk containers used in traditional Zulu society) is an entrepreneurial partnership between publisher and artists co-ordinated by Gabi Ngcobo.

Among the works featured is the expressive Who’s Coming to Dinner by George Msimang, a well-known and popular artist. The only female artist in the collection is Gabi Ngcobo whose strong and dynamic work Why Wait shows a group of three women labouring on the land.

At first glance, Ukutheza could be mistaken for a work by internationally renowned Trevor Makhoba, winner of the 1996 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award for visual arts. While Trevor is also represented in the calendar with his wonderfully vibrant and humorous Gegelegege, Ukutheza is by one of his students, Sibusiso Duma, who is fast making a name for himself and proving to be a credit to his teacher.

Joseph Manana is one of South Africa’s finest mural artists and many of his paintings deal with youngsters. His Sister Sister is a charming image of two little girls involved in a hand-clapping game. Moses “Shakes” Buthelezi’s amusing Train Journey of three people in various attitudes in a train compartment completes the series

To enable interested art buyers to meet their favourite artists personally, each image is accompanied by the artist’s contact details as well as a photograph and brief biography. The calendars are printed in A2 format in vibrant colour on quality art board and wiro bound. Greeting cards featuring the images from the calendar, with artists¹ biographies on the back, are available for R30 plus VAT (R34,20) per set of six cards. Contact Gabi Ngcobo or Andy Mason, IThunga Art Project, c/o Artworks Publishing, 30 Steel Rd, Durban 4000. Tel: (031) 303-6466 or Fax (031) 303-4493. e-mail: artworks@iafrica .com




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