DUMISANI MABASO

STAGES OF THE DAY (2002)

Dumisani Mabaso - Morning
Morning
seven colour lithograph
76 x 56.5 cm
Edition 40
Dumisani Mabaso - Midday
Midday
three colour lithograph
76 x 56.5 cm
Edition 40
Dumisani Mabaso - Afternoon
Afternoon
six colour lithograph
76 x 56.5 cm
Edition 40

Dumisani Mabaso is a painter and printmaker. He established The Sguzu Printmaker's Workshop in Johannesburg, and has been involved with printmaking for over two decades in South Africa.

In the recent series of three lithographs produced at The Artists' Press, Dumisani has worked in an abstract way which relates very closely to his painting and intaglio printmaking.

Strips of colour and texture overlap to create an effect that Dumisani says is partially inspired by driving through a forest of tall trees and seeing the sun light flash through the gaps between the trunks. He adds that it could just as easily be a cityscape, with skyscrapers leaning precariously, perhaps motivated by recent events in New York City, or his daily existence in the concrete jungle of Johannesburg. The textured strips also have a figurative quality, and Dumisani leaves it up to the viewer to decide which they are, although he says they certainly are landscapes.

Texture and pattern are an important part of the work. Inspired by traditional African pottery and craftwork Dumisani has woven the identity of Africa into his work. The tactile qualities of the lithographic drawing materials also play a role in determining the prints, with tusche, toner, crayon, rubbing, stencilling, gum stop-out and splattering all contributing to the energetic way in which the prints have been drawn. Dumisani had fun making these prints, and his energy shines through, just as the morning sun shines through the gaps in a forest as one rushes by.

 

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CURRICULUM VITAE: DUMISANI ABRAHAM MABASO

Dumisani MabasoBORN June 1955, Soweto, South Africa

EDUCATION

1970 - 1974 YWCA, Dube Soweto 

1977 - 1978 Rorke's Drift 

1981 Johannesburg Technikon, Art College, (part-time)

LECTURED AT

1975 - 1976 YWCA 

1978 - 1979 Mofolo Art Centre 

1980 - 1983 FUBA Fine Arts (Head of Department) 

1986 - 1987 AIA Funda Centre 

1987 - 1995 Johannesburg Art Foundation 

1997 - 1998 Botswana, teaching a four week workshop

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
1973 Gallery 101, Jhb

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1976 The institute of Race Relations 

1977 University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg

1979 Gallery 21, Jhb 

1983 Sguzu Print Workshop, Jhb 

1984 Market gallery, Jhb 

1985 USA 1986 Hammanskraal S.H.P, Sandton Sun 

1986 Triangle Artists' Workshop, USA 

1988 Torrensville, Australia 

1990 Cape Town National gallery, Zimbabwe 

1991 Maputo, Mozambique 

1993 Sound Shore Gallery, USA 

2000 Cape Town

WORKSHOPS

1986 Triangle Artists' Workshop, USA Thupelo Art Project, Broederstroom 

1987 Thupelo Art Project, Broederstroom 

1989 Thupelo Art Project, Broederstroom 

1990 Pachipamwe Workshop, Zimbabwe 

1991 Ujama Workshop, Mozambique 

1992 ART OMI Art Workshop, New York, USA 

1993 Thupelo Artists' Workshop, Cape Town

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Johannesburg Art Gallery 

Museum fur Volkerkunde, Frankfort, Germany 

Triangle Collection, Pine Plains, New York, USA 

Ponside Press, USA 

ART OMI, USA

COMMUNITY ART PROJECTS

1982 - 1994 Founder & director of Sguzu Printmakers' Workshop 

1978 - 1979 S.A.C.C. Self Help Projects 

1993 Exchange programme with art teachers from Mozambique

 

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