The changing face of South Africa and her people as the country journeys through democracy, is revealed for all to see in the solo exhibition New Dispensation by renowned local artist Pat Sithole, on at the Absa Gallery this winter.
Comprising 30 pieces, including 20 pastel and acrylic works on canvas and board, and 10 sketches on paper, New Dispensation is an introspective and reflexive project that focuses on the social conditions many South Africans experience daily.
The exhibition draws on the emotions of sadness, pain and joy that individuals experience in their daily lives, and how these feelings motivate them to continue to strive for a better life and a better tomorrow.
“The pieces are mostly inspired by societal changes, memories and the lived experiences that various South Africans and South African communities have and use to construct and understand their daily reality,” says Sithole.
In drawing on his own social surroundings, personal life and experience, the works ultimately question notions of human endurance, emotion and position, he adds.
Sithole was a Top 100 finalist in the Absa L’Atelier art awards in 2006. Largely self-taught, and influenced in part by the work of his late uncle, the great South African sculptor Lucas Sithole, his art is inspired by life and themes in Joburg’s townships.
Sithole’s work is included in the Absa Corporate Art Collection, the collections of the City of Ekurhuleni as well as other public and private collections.
* New Dispensation runs until August 3 at the Absa Gallery (Absa Towers North - Upper Ground) from 8.30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Admission is free. Please bring identification for entry purposes.