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@THIRTY (article first published : 2007-01-22)

@thirty is Marklyn Govender’s first solo exhibition and - as the title suggests – it celebrates his turning thirty on February 19.

The policy of the KZNSA Nivea Gallery is to promote up and coming artists coupled with more established ones, hence the inclusion of Andrew Verster with a handful of works when he was 30. The two artists have collaborated over the years on many projects.

“It was just 18 months ago,” says Andrew Verster, that bridal stylists Marklyn Govender and Clint Singh announced: “We want to become artists.” After buying the materials I had suggested – canvas, oil paint and brushes – they said, “And now what? How do we make a picture? And what do we paint?” I said that they should use what they know as a starting point, the Mendhi patterns that they work with each week when they decorate the hands and feet of their brides with Henna. That was the only lesson I gave them.

“Some days later they phoned and asked me to come to see their works. I was astonished. Instead of using brushes, they had filled the empty Mendhi tubes with artist oil colour and applied this to their canvases in tiny dots, using exactly the same technique they use creating Henna patterns on skin. Their first four paintings were ravishing. Unlike anything I had seen before. At first glance they appeared to be beaded. Closer looking showed that the beads were in fact minute clusters of raised paint.

“All their work is a collaboration. They work in tandem. It is as if they can read each other’s mind. What fascinates me is that they arrived as artists from nowhere, fully fledged, with no tentative preliminaries. They emerged from the egg fully grown.

“Those first four paintings were accepted for the KZNSA Members’ Exhibition. A couple of months later, they won a major competition to design a mural for the new Raphael hotel in Sandton. This they carried out with the help of Jane Durand in handmade glazed ceramic mosaic. It is three storeys high.

“Late last year,” Andrew Verster concludes, “the three of us collaborated on a three panel painting to celebrate the centenary of Gandhi’s Satyagraha– exhibited in Delhi and in Durban. This is now in the permanent collection of the Durban Art Gallery.”

@30 opens at 18h00 on February 19 and runs until March 11 in KZNSA’s NIVEA Gallery. More information from Nathi Gumede, Curator of the KZNSA Gallery, on 031 277 1703 or 082 220 0368 or visit www.kznsagallery.co.za




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