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MOTSWAI EXHIBITION EXTENDED (article first published : 2000-12-14)

The BAT Centre has extended its exhibitions of Tommy Motswai, Mandla Mabila and Elvis Ntombela works until December 17. The exhibitions were included in the BAT Centre's week-long programme leading up to the International Day of the Disabled.

Internationally-celebrated deaf South African artist, Tommy Motswai has won a multitude of awards, including the Santam Bursary for Fine Arts 1985, the Volkskas Atelier Merit Prize, the Sol Plaatjies Graphic Art Award, the Excelsior Award, the Vita Art Now Award and, in 1992, the Standard Bank Young Artists Award.

Widely-exhibited throughout South Africa, Motswai's work is included collections such as those of the Johannesburg Art Gallery, the South African National Gallery, UNISA, the University of the Witwatersrand, the Sasol Art Collection, the Pretoria Art Museum, the Durban Art Museum and private and corporate collections internationally.

Providing South Africa with a rich, colourful legacy; a visual record of both the changes in our society and the areas in which chages continue to be superficial, Motswai's superb visual memory enables him to record details about people, places and events which provide us with the artist's documentary of a period from the early 1980s to the end of the Century. His colourful, bold and often naive images record the subtleties and humour found within the relationships of a multi-cultural and economically-divided country, yet each of Motswai's works has a powerful positive sense of energy and passion for South Africa's people. A few of the Tommy Motswai works on show are for sale.




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