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BEAUTY OF AFRICA (article first published : 2006-08-1)

Artist Isaac Sithole’s work is seen everyday by shoppers in Pietermaritzburg as his artwork decorates the central food court at the Liberty Midlands Mall. These murals are enlargements of his colourful woodcut prints.

An exhibition of his work titled Beauty of Africa is to run at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg.

Isaac makes his prints with a colour reduction woodcut technique which he discovered while working as a professional woodcarver producing sculpture. This is a painstaking process and involves cutting away at the woodblock each time a new colour combination is printed. He makes small editions and uses glowing colour combinations to depict the message and mood of the print.

Inspired by daily and cultural events in the lives of village people, Isaac is sensitive to cultural and historical events such as the floods in Mozambique. His works are populated by animals and people in vibrant colours and flowing motions.

Isaac was born in 1974 in Maputo, Mozambique. He was raised in a family with no artistic background, but this did not discourage him from following his dream of becoming an artist. At the age of 12, Isaac started learning the art of woodcarving through other wood carvers in his area.

Beauty of Africa runs at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg from August 10 to September 24.




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