Meet Themba Khumalo, whose cityscapes capture the beauty, energy, fears and grit of Africa’s wealthiest city. The vast scale and density of Johannesburg’s commuter taxi networks, the relentlessness of urban life, and famous landmarks like the Hillbrow tower all make an appearance in Khumalo’s portfolio. He uses depictions of pylons, cranes, and electrical wires to represent movement, energy, and connections between people.
Etching and drypoint are Khumalo’s chosen printing techniques, but in recent years he has worked a lot with charcoal drawing as well. He acknowledges the foundation and direction of home, which is also suggestive of the South African spirit of ‘ubuntu’: “I am who I am because of my upbringing”, he says. His work has been exhibited at both the FNB Joburg and Cape Town Art Fairs.
Exhibitions, Awards & Collections
2017 The Place Called Home, Red Room Gallery, Johannesburg
2016 Art Exchange: Querètaro, Galeria Municipal and Taller Tamayo, Oaxaca, México
2016 Connecting Contemporary, Galerie l’App’Art, Perigueux, France
2016 World Art Dubai, Dubai
2016 Solo Show, Gallery 2, Johannesburg
2015 The Collaborative Spirit, No Man’s Art Gallery, Amsterdam
2014 Group Show, Washington Printmakers Gallery
2013 Group Show, Cherie de Villiers Gallery, Johannesburg
2013 Group Show, Isolate del Cinema festival in Rome, Italy
2012 ‘Coming of age’ Group Show at Gallery 2, Johannesburg
2012 ‘Coming of Age’ Group Show at Johannesburg Art Gallery
2011 Group Show, Sharon Sampson Studio
2011 Works on Paper, Artist Proof Studio and Blue Door Studio, David Brown Gallery, Johannesburg