Combining Two Different Forms Of Art
Our New Collaboration with Lizamore & Associates!
During recent photo shoots, we began to notice that some of our clients incorporated works of art into their open plan kitchen living spaces. Often, as designers, we will include images of paintings or sculptures into our display photographs as a way of indicating where cupboards will not be placed. This resulted in us realizing that art has its own particular presence and is essential in allowing you to fully personalize your space and express your own creativity and style. It makes perfect sense that we should be celebrating the fine arts as we continue to uphold the art of kitchen design. A kitchen should be ergonomic and functional, but the beauty of a kitchen
is important too.
In an effort to celebrate these two very different but perfectly complimentary art forms, we have collaborated with the sought after art gallery, Lizamore & Associates, to ensure that the best contemporary art by South African artists find their way into your kitchen. We’ll be featuring Lizamore’s artists on our pages and incorporate their work into our photography, enabling you to experience a perfectly selected artwork in your living space and supporting some of finest local artists.
About Lizamore & Associates
LIZAMORE & ASSOCIATES Entering its 20th year of operation, Lizamore & Associates gallery has been showing the work of new, as well as established contemporary South African artists. Through devotion to consistent excellence, Lizamore & Associates have managed to capture the market with their transparent and honest business ethics, and they continue exploring transformative possibilities through contemporary art.
Lizamore & Associates hosts exhibitions with their family of artists and new artists and continuously presents exciting new projects. Lizamore & Associates gallery takes the view that by showing a considered combination of exhibitions of the work of more established names, as well as carefully selected new voices, the gallery can promote new prospects to collectors, while still serving the growing market of buyers who look for the sound investment opportunities presented by more known artists. Artists who the gallery regularly work with include Jan Tshikuthulu, Zolile Phetshane, Lindo Zwane, Gregg Price, Johan Stegmann, Patrick Seruwu, as well as other more established artists amongst others Karin Preller, Louis Olivier, Johan van der Schijff, Arabella Caccia and Judy Woodborne. They have worked with many artists in the past, launching their careers and allowing for good judgement of extra ordinary talent in South Africa.
Mncedi Madolo and Sanele Mbokazi
by LIZAMORE & ASSOCIATES
Mncedi Madolo and Sanele Mbokazi celebrates the lives of ordinary South Africans and foreign nationals living below the poverty line with their two man show, Amalahle. The body of work reflects their dignity and sincerity to pursue better living conditions.
Amalahle means coal in Zulu. Coal is a source of energy and warmth. It is a source of hope as it holds the power to change living conditions from low to high, cold to warm and dark to light. The narrative behind Amalahle explores the needs, wants and comfort for a better life. These works record people, their places, spaces, artefacts and identities as they aspire for more in life. It connects street vendors, recyclers, commuters and consumers with their association to consumer brands and products that shape their daily routines.
Both artists relocated from a similar rural upbringing to pursue their art careers - with Madolo hailing from rural Eastern Cape and Mbokazi from rural KwaZulu Natal. They team up with this exhibition to portray the black bodies they encounter on daily as they find their own way around the city.
Mncedi Madolo completed his national diploma in Fine Arts at Walter Sisulu University in 2014 where he majored in painting. He followed his entrepreneurial spirit by founding Smoked Beef Studios in East London in 2013 while still studying at the university. He further developed his skills with a business skills diploma with SEDA in 2015 while doing graphic design, brand identity and commissioned work for friends and family. He moved to Johannesburg to pursue a career as a full-time fine art artist. Madolo's work have been shown by galleries such as Kalashnikov and Everard Read on numerous group shows and fairs. This will be his first exhibition with Lizamore & Associates.
Mncedi Madolo, Mother's MILK, 2022, Spraypaint, acrylic, ink and instant coffee on canvas, 140cm X 95cm
Sanele Mbokazi was born and raised in Port Shepstone, KwaZulu Natal and graduated from the University of KwaZulu Natal with a BA Fine Art Degree majoring in Fine Art and Art History. The artist specialised in printmaking with Lithography as his focus, before he became a full time painter.
Mbokazi's work has changed from the geometric drawing to freehand drawing/painting. The artist wanted to create a new identity to accompany this change and saw him adopting his mother's maiden name, transforming him from the artist known as Sanele Jali to Sanele Mbokazi.
Mbokazi has exhibited with Fried Contemporary, Gallery 2 and The Art Room. This is his second exhibition with Lizamore & Associates.