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MY VISIONS FOR 2002 (article first published : 2001-12-26)

An exhibition of washaway paintings on paper and on canvas by Michael Paul Sibisi, a veteran artist who has been involved the field of art for a long time. Over a period of 20 years, he has taught art at various schools including uMzuvele High in KwaMashu. During these he had been actively working and practising artists based in Durban. After his long break from the art world he then joined the BAT Centre artists resident program in April 2001.

The works that will be shown are the works that he has produce during his residency at Bat. The exhibition has been titled My Visions for 2002 and according to him, he intends to break new grounds for future development of his artwork. " I am on an experimental basis which could prolong as long as I live," said Paul. The theme for his work revolves around what he see in his daily life and things that affect him as an artist.

His work are mostly done on paper, canvas and on masonite board. His technique is called washaway because he blocks the colours that he wants to remain in the paper with paper glue and eventually washed the glue away in order to reveal the inks or colours underneath. He holds a belief by Ernest Ullman that " personal visions are born out of meditation, seclusion, silence and just hard work".

The art exhibition has been dedicated to Menzi Mcunu, a young artists from Lamontville who disappeared in the early 1990's and up to now nobody knows his whereabouts. Menzi Mcunu was a close friend of Paul and in his memory the BAT Centre renamed the Upstairs gallery to Menzi Mcunu Gallery where Paul's works will be shown.




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