Mashudu Nevhutalu

Mashudu Nevhutalu
Mashudu Nevhutalu was born in Auckland Park, Johannesburg in 1992. Although he did not receive much art training at a primary or high school level, he has always had a keen interest in art. Mashudu’s first artistic influence was the graffiti and street murals he saw that decorated dilapidated buildings, almost bringing them to life with their colours. This love for graffiti urged Mashudu to pursue art at a tertiary level where he received an Honours in Fine and Applied Arts in 2014 at the Tshwane University of Technology. As an artist that year, Mashudu felt as if his foot was in the door and that he had found his voice as he was selected to participate in the Sasol New Signatures Competition. As his work developed each year, he went on to take part in a number of small group shows and other competitions such as the SA Taxi Foundation Art Award in which he participated in both 2016 and 2017. Mashudu seeks to bring about feelings of nostalgia in the viewer looking at his work. He believes these feelings occur from anything such as a dress worn by one’s mother, or a bumper sticker that reminds one of their parents', or their own, first car. Mashudu is interested in photography and works from old family photographs in his paintings. Though these images are personal to him, he believes that we have all had similar experiences and moments captured in photographs. In his works, Mashudu’s figures are simplified and often made to look hazy and blurry, this depiction emphasizes the notion of memory being a vague and elusive thing. This effect also removes the identity of the person from the original photograph, making the work universal and the figure representative of anyone the viewer wishes them to be from their own memories. Mashudu’s use of bright, vivid colours is his way of reliving those memories and creating them anew.

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