Art lovers in both the Western Cape and Gauteng can enjoy twin exhibitions by South African artist Phillemon Hlungwani.
From Giyani to Alexandra – the journey continued will open at Circa Gallery in Rosebank, Johannesburg and The Gallery At Grande Provence in Franschhoek. The exhibition consists of charcoal and pastel drawings and a series of etchings that focus on the people and landscapes of the village of Giyani in Limpopo province where he was born, and Alexandra township in Johannesburg, where he lived as a young man.
Trent Read, curator of the exhibition, says: “Phillemon Hlungwani is one of South Africa’s most celebrated and sought-after artists with a burgeoning international reputation, which is unusual for such a comparatively young artist.”
Hlungwani comes from a long line of artists and trained at the Johannesburg Art Foundation, Wits School of Art and the Artist Proof Studio. His art education includes a sojourn in New York awarded by the Ampersand Foundation in 2009, and to date he has exhibited his work locally and in London. His phenomenal body of work forms part of private and public collections worldwide, including the Irma Stern Museum (UCT), the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Culture (Texas), Rand Merchant Bank, The South African Reserve Bank, Standard Bank Gallery and the UNISA Art collection.
From Giyani to Alexandra – the journey continued will be featured at the Gallery at Grande Provence, Franschhoek from Saturday, 5 March to Monday, 28 March 2016 and at Circa Gallery, 2 Jellicoe Road, Rosebank, Johannesburg, from 3 March 2016.