“His work is grounded in tradition, yet he imbues it with a riveting contemporary presence. He yanks the viewer through the looking-glass into his painterly planet. It is a world full of possible “windows”, yet these openings are flat surfaces soaked in subtly modulated fictions. And his paintings serve as visual songs, their lyrics narrating a story of how painting refers to itself while being fed by experiential nutrients. They serve both as parentheses within the real world and as vividly evocative vignettes of moments, intensely lived.”
I chose colour because it provides a greater emotional range. My aim is to show the pride of the people I photograph.
– Zwelethu Mthethwa, 1998
I adore the simplicity and use of colours. I had to share.
(Photo’s courtesy of Zwelethu Mthethwa)