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Nomfanekiso: The Art of Gladys Mgudlandlu

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Gladys ‘Nomfanekiso’ Mgudlandlu (1917-1979) is one of the foremost exponents of Expressionism in South Africa. Unlike the other Expressionists in South African art: Maggie Laubser, Irma Stern, Wolf Kibel, Pranas Domsaitis and Valerie Desmore, she was never exposed to the art of the schools of Expressionism in Europe as she never set foot outside of South Africa. As a school teacher, she taught by day and, at night, she painted by the flickering light of a paraffin lamp in her ‘township’ house in Cape Town. She arrived at a pristine form of expressionism that is deeply rooted in the still-uncharted field of indigenous culture.

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Gladys ‘Nomfanekiso’ Mgudlandlu (1917-1979) is one of the foremost exponents of Expressionism in South Africa. Unlike the other Expressionists in South African art: Maggie Laubser, Irma Stern, Wolf Kibel, Pranas Domsaitis and Valerie Desmore, she was never exposed to the art of the schools of Expressionism in Europe as she never set foot outside of South Africa. As a school teacher, she taught by day and, at night, she painted by the flickering light of a paraffin lamp in her ‘township’ house in Cape Town. She arrived at a pristine form of expressionism that is deeply rooted in the still-uncharted field of indigenous culture.

As an artist she was primarily self-taught, yet she relied on the technical expertise of fellow artists like Marjorie Wallace and Katrine Harries when she sought a means to translate the time-honoured narratives and customs of her people – Fingo and Xhosa – into painting, drawing and etching.  The indigenous character and essence of Africa that she incorporated into her art – the legends and folklore, as well as some of the mysticism characteristic of African rituals and customs – were strongly emphasized and used by later South African black artists.

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9781874950660