Uitstalling The Villa

Colbert Mashile

Kua le Kua
January 21st - March 27th, 2022

KUA LE KUA

Growing up in the rural areas around Bushbuckridge (South Africa), Mashile spent his childhood deeply embedded in folk tales and mythology, interacting with animals and the full range of humanity. Several animals – like goats and baboons – recur throughout his work, and each of these animals has acquired a particular character and symbolic resonance. There are animals that are eaten (goats being the most common) and animals that are never eaten (reptiles). There are animals that are closer to the human world (baboons) and animals that are closer to the spirit world (hyenas). Often Mashille will insert props that have a personal autobiographical significance for him (a box of matches) or his original community (the miner’s hat, for him, represents the challenges of manhood).

 

Although his artistic vision is highly individual, Mashile’s art is full of commentary on social and political issues – between the rural and urban, Western and African, physical and spiritual, beautiful and ‘ugly’. He has already established himself as one of South Africa’s most unique and exciting contemporary artists.

Colbert Mashile
Colbert Mashile

Kua le Kua, 2021 - Uitstalling Art Gallery

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Colbert Mashile

Kua le Kua, 2021 - Uitstalling Art Gallery

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Colbert Mashile

Got Issues

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COLBERT MASHILE

Colbert Mashile builds a fantasy world in his drawings and paintings populated by animal and human characters that play out dramas of cultural traditions and traumas. Raised in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, South Africa, Mashile received his BFA and MFA from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. 

Early in his career, he showed at the Florence Biennale in 2005 and Dak’Art Biennale in Dakar, Senegal, in 2006. Mashile’s work confronts issues like ritual circumcisions and colonialism through a richly layered symbolic system in which animals such as goats, baboons, and reptiles represent various human traits. Within Mashile’s visual world, these animal avatars embody pathos and humor.

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Found Guilty On All Charges
127cm x 108cm
Acrylic, India ink, pastel and charcoal, 2021

Colbert Mashile - Innocent

Innocent 
56cm x 75cm
Acrylic, India ink, pastel and charcoal, 2021

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Mentorship
82cm x 100cm
Acrylic, India ink, pastel and charcoal, 2021

Colbert Mashile - The Radical

The Radical
56cm x 75cm
Acrylic, India ink, pastel and charcoal, 2021

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Tsa Boshego I 
56cm x 75cm
Acrylic, India ink, pastel and charcoal, 2021

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Tsa Boshego III
56cm x 75cm
Acrylic, India ink, pastel and charcoal, 2021

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Tsa Boshego II 
56cm x 75cm
Acrylic, India ink, pastel and charcoal, 2021

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Tsa Boshego IV
56cm x 75cm
Acrylic, India ink, pastel and charcoal, 2021

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Prodigal Son
56cm x 75cm
Acrylic, India ink, pastel and charcoal, 2021

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The Haves and The Have Nots
160cm x 108cm
Acrylic, India ink, pastel and charcoal, 2021

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Don't Please Don't
127cm x 107cm
Acrylic, India ink, pastel and charcoal, 2021

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Said So
56cm x 75cm
Acrylic, India ink, pastel and charcoal, 2021

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3 Stooges
140cm x 100cm
Acrylic, India ink, pastel and charcoal, 2021

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Got issues
140cm x 100cm
Acrylic, India ink, pastel and charcoal, 2021