Home of Legends exhibition pays homage to EC

The Eastern Cape Home of Legends exhibition is on display at the Albany Museum for the duration of the National Arts Festival, showcasing an array of artworks by artists from the province.

PROVINCIAL TRIBUTE: The Eastern Cape Home of Legends exhibition is open daily at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown Picture: SIBONGILE NGALWA

Emerging and established Eastern Cape artists have been selected to share their silent but powerful medium with art lovers – with an entire floor dedicated to displaying their designs and creations.

Ceramics, oil on canvas, mixed media, pen and ink drawings and handmade embroidery are some of the art creations you will find at the exhibition.

The creations pay homage to Eastern Cape political, arts, sports and religious stalwarts.

The artists also portray the landscape and distinct features unique to the province.

The Dispatch caught up with some of the artists involved in the exhibition.

Johan Trollip from Steytlerville specialises in oil painting. He said: “I am elated to have had the opportunity to exhibit here and share my work with the public. My primary subject matter is portraits which are inspired by the rich culture in the Steytlerville community.”

Ludwe Mgolombane from Mthatha makes sculptures, drawings and mixed-media artworks.

His ceramic designs are also featured in the exhibition. He said he used the human form as his primary subject, with clay as his medium to “portray as best as I can my current surroundings and the current state of affairs in post-colonial South Africa.

“It is always a great opportunity to exhibit at the NAF because it is a great platform. There are people from all over the world here.”

Mafuzandile Solombela from Duncan Village in East London said his love for sculpting cattle and cars using clay started at an early age.

“This opportunity means a lot to me. My work expresses what I am about, and I am happy to be exhibiting my work here. People love my work so much. I look forward to each day spent here.”

The exhibition is open every day from 9am to 5pm for members of the public until the end of the festival. — nonsindiso@tisoblackstar.co.za

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