African Transformation

 

Insight into the series by the artist -

“African Transformation started as an observation of traditional healers during their rituals and meditations.  While slipping into trance-like states, each face had a unique story to tell at the moment of spiritual transformation, from absolute surrender to total elation and acceptance. The more time I spent on the project, the more I realised that my observations exceeded the realm of tribal ceremonies and gave me insights into the nature of people. 

 

What started off as a mere observation has now turned into a profound personal experience, as capturing the transformation in others has led me to

my own personal sense of transformation as an artist.The African continent is home to immense diversity. From first world cities and economies to third world chaos and poverty. From extreme hardship and religious cleansing to big skies and open savannahs. All of this etched into the faces of its people.

 

With this project I wanted to capture the beauty in all it’s shape and forms of Africa’s people.In essence, this series is about the Truth of Africa. 

It’s a continent filled with such Soul.This series is my documentation, celebration and honouring exactly that.”

Reflection

Reflection

Mixed media on Fabriano paper 2014 | 1000mm x 700mm Framed On show at the Art Eye Gallery | JHB

Gabriel

Gabriel

Charcoal on Fabriano paper 2014 | 1000mm x 700mm Framed Private collection | New York | USA

Stargazer

Stargazer

Mixed media on Fabriano paper 2014 | 1000mm x 700mm Framed On show at the Art Eye Gallery | JHB

Longevity

Longevity

Mixed media on Fabriano paper 2014 | 1000mm x 700mm Framed On show at the Art Eye Gallery | JHB

Banyana

Banyana

Mixed media on canvas panel 2014 | 600mm x 460mm Framed Private collection Maryland | USA

Shadow Queen

Shadow Queen

Mixed media on Fabriano paper 2014 | 1000mm x 700mm Framed On show at the Art Eye Gallery | JHB

Golden Dawn

Golden Dawn

Mixed media on Fabriano paper 2014 | 1000mm x 700mm Framed Private collection Johannesburg | RSA

Revelation

Revelation

Mixed media on Fabriano paper 2014 | 1000mm x 700mm Framed On show at the Art Eye Gallery | JHB

The Chant

The Chant

Mixed media on Fabriano paper 2014 | 1000mm x 700mm Framed On show at the Art Eye Gallery | JHB

The Prophet

The Prophet

Mixed media on Fabriano paper 2014 | 1000mm x 700mm Framed On show at the Art Eye Gallery | JHB

Patience

Patience

Charcoal on Fabriano paper 2014 | 1000mm x 700mm Framed On show at the Art Eye Gallery | JHB

The Knowing

The Knowing

Mixed media on Fabriano paper 2014 | 1000mm x 700mm Framed On show at the Art Eye Gallery | JHB

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Patience

Charcoal on Fabriano paper 2014 | 1000mm x 700mm Framed On show at the Art Eye Gallery | JHB

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