Themba Khumalo

South Africa

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 depicts pylons, cranes, and electric wires to represent movement, energy, and connections between people.

Etching and drypoint are Khumalo’s chosen printing techniques, but in the past year he has worked a lot with charcoal drawing as well.  He also 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 Art Fair and Cape Town Art Fair in recent years.

Exhibitions, Awards & Collections

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2016 Connecting Contemporary, Galerie l’App’Art, Perigueux, France

2016 World Art Dubai, Dubai

2016 Solo Show, Gallery 2, Johannesburg

2015 Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg

2014 Group Show, Washington Printmakers Gallery

2014 Cape Town Art Fair

2014 FNB Joburg Art Fair

2013 Pieces, Group Show, Bamboo Gallery, Johannesburg

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, Bell Dewar offices, Johannesburg

2011 Passages Group Show, Art in the Forest, Cecilia at Constantia Nek, Cape Town

2011 Group Show, Sharon Sampson Studio

2011 Works on Paper, Artist Proof Studio and Blue Door Studio, David Brown Gallery, Johannesburg


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