Online exhibition 

Ennock Mlangeni

The Butterfly Finds Its Wings
August, 28th - October 4th, 2020  

THE BUTTERFLY FINDS ITS WINGS

This exhibition is entirely devoted to "hope". Ennock grew up as an orphan in a township and, like many of his fellow sufferers, knew the daily battle with poverty. His creativity made him discover means by which he could visualize his talent. Coffee and charcoal were essential in his early works. At the age of 29 he is now ready to exhibit in Europe for the first time. He wants to give a sign that you should never give up. The collection that he now exhibits is interwoven with emotional messages that affect young and old.

The works can not only be viewed but are also offered for sale. With this Uitstalling Art Gallery support the fight against poverty in the South African townships.

Discover some pictures from the Opening Weekend in our gallery >

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ENNOCK MLANGENI

Ennock Mlangeni (26) is a self-taught visual artist who uses waste to create his art and make a living. Influenced by his own life experience, Ennock believes in starting where you are with whatever little you have, to build your dream.

Born in the small rural village of Petrus Steyn in the Free State, Ennock made his move to Sasolburg to live with his grandmother after his parents died when he was seven. Although his family struggled financially and lived off his grandmothers pension he always believed he was destined for great things.

While art can be an expensive craft Ennock says you need to start with the little resources you have. He started doing works with pen and still uses that now to create amazing pieces. He admits that sometimes you need to be even more creative and use anything else at your disposal. Ennock also uses newspapers for his creations. The idea of newspapers came to hi when he spilled coffee on a drawing. That's when he fell in love with the colour of the newspaper where the spill was, so he decided to do newspaper and coffee art. The artist says using waste materials is cost effective and, in the process, he gets to make the world a better place by recycling.

Inspired by his surroundings and life experiences Ennock says the creation of each artwork is different and it’s only when he conceptualises that he decides what material works best for which piece. 

In August 2020 he will host his first international solo show at Uitstalling Art Gallery, an event that was quickly picked up by South-African news stations and press.

THSEPO (HOPE)

Mixed media on canvas

150 x 140 cm

REINVENT YOURSELF 

Mixed media, coffee,
charcoal and acrylics

135 x 80 cm

CONVERSATION IN MY HEAD #1

Charcoal and acrylics on canvas

148 x 120 cm

CONVERSATION IN MY HEAD #2

Coffee on canvas

120 x 145 cm

CONVERSATION IN MY HEAD #3

Charcoal, acrylics and coffee

2 X 102 x 76 cm

CONVERSATION IN MY HEAD #4

Acrylics

59,4 x 84 cm

LET'S WALK THIS JOURNEY TOGETHER

Charcoal, acrylics and ink on canvas

146 x 95 cm

CONVERSATION IN
MY HEAD #5

Charcoal, acrylics
and ink on canvas

163 x 109 cm

NUDE

Oil, acrylics and
wool on canvas

123 x 76 cm

HAPPINESS

Acrylics, mixed media

90 x 71 cm

THE OLD WOMAN

Oil and colour pencils

50 x 65 cm

THE YOUNG MINER

Acrylics, pen and ink

59,4 x 83,8 cm

TSHEPANG (REMAIN IN HOPE)

Oils and acrylics on canvasses

+/- 59,4 x 84 cm

 

HOPE IN DARKNESS

Acrylics and oil on canvas

150 x 133 cm

THANDO

Acrylic on Fabriano

60,5 x 85 cm

FADING HOPE OF A
RAINBOW NATION

Acrylics

153 x 121 cm

MOTSAMAI

Acrylcs and charcoal on canvas

143 x 143 cm

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