Nhlengethwa’s artistic career was solidified at his show South Africa, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow in 1993, at the same time as the country of his birth was transitioning into democracy. A graduate of the Rorke’s Drift Art Centre, his works are textural evocations of the patterns, rhythms and tones of jazz and this particular work manages to speak both to the vibrancy and frisson of South African jazz culture in addition to a haunting sense of isolation. The energy, excitement and passion of a group of men at a table in a busy local drinking establishment, framed in a picture on the wall, stands in stark contrast to the empty chair and table in the foreground. A glass of water is positioned as if to lubricate a pending discussion, creating a composition that, through collage and colour, is as much about loneliness as it is about community.
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3. JP MIKA | Untitled (Deux filles). 2014.
JP Mika, a graduate of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Kinshasa, is associated with the first generation of master painters in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His works pulse with an urgency and vibrant energy that mirrors the culture in the streets and markets of his home city, where he is known by his friends and colleagues as the god of detail.