In this exhibition Phillemon Hlungwani returns to the etching press which is his first love and whose arcane and ancient skills he has mastered. He also reprises a theme which is seminal to understanding who he is as a person and as an artist.
Raised in a rural African village by a mother widowed young, he grew up watching women work so that they and their families would survive. The unrelenting labour of women is a reality but to Hlungwani it is what nurtured his body and his talents, and he sees in it both love and redemption in their purest sense.
His complex and technically brilliant etchings take everyday subjects and make them clear to us (like purifying murky water) and in some of them he makes delicate use of hand colouring, thus emphasising the femininity of his subjects.
These works have been made with the assistance of master printer Pontsho Sikhosana and her team at the Artist Proof Studio.
Exhibition presented in association within Knysna Fine Art and Everard Read Gallery.
The exhibition will be opened by Trent Read on Saturday 8 June at 14:00
Times of walkabouts to be announced.