Nkosinathi Thomas Ngulube
Nkosinathii Thomas Ngulube considers himself a sculptor before a painter, and a poet before a writer. Artist's Statement "The reduction of visual fact to the surface of my work, that lies over various layers and textures, which represent, on a larger scale, my life’s journey, socially, politically and spiritually. I use found objects to convey my stories through their sentimental value that resonates to my spirituality, in sculpture as a medium yet in my paintings as a metaphor for texture, being and feel. I am encapsulated in interesting life stories of a withered object lying in it and over it. The mystery of a found object resonates with my emotions, feelings are thus executed as a synonym to these layers. l choose to use paper to paint on for its tenderness which pars the same in me, hessian which allows me to bring both softness and hardness, and sculpture which allows me to express the raw hardness of my nature and these objects that have outlived their weaker subordinates. The equality status that l par with my materials personifies us as one body, inseparable kinship that asserts our invaluable connection in speaking the same language. The relativity negates religiousness but confirms the individuals’ invaluable spirituality. The height of my creative depth’s passion insinuates, through symbolic metaphors, representational of male and female, a consummation-type of relationship with every piece l ecstatically create, in the formation of each complex individualism. The uncontrolled trashy messiness of my materials evokes/invokes beauty as my signature that l compliment with a personal thumbprint as a seal." NKOSINATHI THOMAS NGULUBE Contemporary Sculptor, Painter + Writer. 2020 THE SOLOTIST: A solo show, Thomarts Gallery, Sandton TURBINE ART FAIR: Illovo, Johannesburg LATITUDES ART FAIR: Sandton, Johannesburg THE OTHER ART FAIR: Barker Hangar, Los Angeles 2019 Intimations: TURBINE Art Fair, Illovo, Johannesburg THE OTHER ART FAIR: Barker Hangar, Los Angeles UNIQUE: A group show. Thomarts Gallery, Sandton 2018 TURBINE ART FAIR: Turbine Hall, Johannesburg START FAIR: Saatchi Gallery, London 2017 ABSTRACTIONS, Thomarts Gallery, Cape Town TURBINE ART FAIR, Turbine Hall, Johannesburg, South Africa KKNK ARTS FESTIVAL, Oudtshoorn, South Africa SILENT CONVERSATIONS, Thomarts Gallery, Cape Town. COMMEMORATIVES, Group project THOMARTS GALLERY 2016 CAPE TOWN ART FAIR, Cape Town, South Africa RESURRECTION, THOMARTS GALLERY, Cape Town, South Africa START FAIR, London TURBINE ART FAIR, Turbine Hall, Johannesburg, South Africa THAT ART FAIR, Woodstock, South Africa KKNK ARTS FESTIVAL, Oudtshoorn, South Africa 2015 TURBINE ART FAIR, Turbine Hall, South Africa 2014 TURBINE ART FAIR, Turbine Hall,South Africa 2013 BLACK LIKE US, Watercolour Society, South Africa TRANSLATIONS, Thomarts Gallery, Johannesburg ,South Africa 2012 BLACK LIKE US, Watercolour Society, South Africa DUO EXHIBITION(with Samson Mnisi),Thomarts Gallery, Johannesbur g, South Africa 2011 BLACK LIKE US, Watercolour Society, South Africa MUSEUMSQUARTIER, Vienna, Austria UNITY GALLERY, Newtown, South Africa WHITEHOUSE GALLERY, Oaklands, South Africa COMMISSIONS 2018 STANDARD BANK BRONZE SCULPTURE (https://youtu.be/2ZxfXvxRU R4) 2012 ANC SENTENNIAL CELEBRATION, South africa INVESTEC GOLF TROPHY (Collaboration with Marko Cianfanelli) WELDING DESIGN COURSE, (teaching corporate clients diys though w elding / an after hours hobby ) Tool Share Studio, South Africa 2010 CASCOLAND PUBLIC ART , Drill Hall, South Africa SYSPRO SCULPTURE, South Africa 2009 PUBLIC FUNCTIONAL ART, Hillbrow, Berea and Parktown municipality public parks, Johannesburg, South Africa
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