Andrew Ntshabele

Blurred reality 2013 Acrylic on canvas 60,5 x 50 cm

Blurred reality 2013 Acrylic on canvas 60,5 x 50 cm

Andrew was born in the small rural town of Moruleng in the North West province of South Africa. In his formative years his family moved to the city of Johannesburg amongst the hustle and bustle of the urban life, where he currently resides.

His passion and love for the visual arts was identified by his teachers through nursery school right up to High school. This led him to enrol at the University of Johannesburg, which enhanced his knowledge in the world of visual arts and enriching his opportunities. His education at art school has Moulded Andrew into a well-rounded visual artist and youth.

He completed his National diploma in Fine Arts in 2012 in painting and drawing, and in 2013 he completed his BTech degree majoring in painting. He has participated in a group exhibitions such as the University of Johannesburg student show case group exhibition, North-South central Fringe of Johannesburg group exhibition, North South student show case traveling group exhibition to name a few. His most notable achievement is getting a painting merit award at the Ekurunuleni 2012 Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards ,Curated group Exhibition.

Exhibitions

Ekurunuleni Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards ,Curated group Exhibition

• North-South central Fringe of Johannesburg, Curated group Exhibition

• North-South central Fringe of Bloemfontein, Curated group Exhibition

• University of Johannesburg final examinations group exhibition, UJ FADA Gallery

2013

• University of Johannesburg Student Show Case group Exhibition, UJ FADA Gallery

• North-South Student Show Case traveling group Exhibition, UJ FADA Gallery

• North-South Student Show Case traveling group Exhibition, BODUTU Gallery

• North-South Student Show Case traveling group Exhibition, TUT Gallery

• North-South Student Show Case traveling group Exhibition, CUT Freestate Gallery

• MAP(Mashumi Art Projects) group Exhibition, Nex Dor Resturant Vilakazi street Orlando

– Soweto West

• University of Johannesburg Final Examinations BTech group Exhibition, UJ FADA Gallery

Artist Statement

My work focuses on urbanisation in Johannesburg. My interest in the city of Johannesburg developed out of the fact that it is the city that I have grown up in since the age of four. I have had the pleasure of witnessing South Africa’s first democratic votes in 1994, and seeing Johannesburg’s transformation from the early nineties, mid-nineties to the present. I still live in Johannesburg and am confronted by poverty, pollution, and urban decay every day of my life. I have seen the effects that

urbanisation has had on the city of Johannesburg in relation to its physical change, socio-economic and political change post-apartheid. My areas of interest are the people who live in the inner city and the environment within the inner city.

My work deals with the negative effects of rapid urbanisation in Johannesburg and the pressures and the strains of the people I encounter and interact with on a daily basis as we go about our business. Based on my encounters with these people I felt the need to investigate the social predicament of my city and understand the root causes of the current inner city decay.

My work is a form of social commentary and deals with the socio-economic challenges that the majority of black South Africans face in post-colonial South Africa. My focal subject matter is rapid urbanisation in the inner city of Johannesburg and the pollution and rubbish among which the inner city residents live. My paintings incorporate more than one medium as they are a fusion of collage and acrylic paint. My works are produced from actual photographs that I take on my daily travels around the inner city of Johannesburg and its outskirts.

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