I Paint What I Like is Malcolm Jiyane’s latest venture into the art process – creating entire images using digital processes – each image is a profound meditation on the state of black lives in Johannesburg and the threads that bind the workers to the city – the daily grind, the poverty, the work, the people and their beliefs. All beautifully stitched together in a single delightful visual on canvas. Bursting with colour and filled with minute detail, each piece in this exhibition is both an artistic accomplishment and a visual treat to behold.
I Paint What I Like follows on his last exhibition at the Afrikan Freedom Station in 2012 when he exhibited a series of traditional oil paintings focussing on the daily life of people in his birthplace of Katlehong. The new works have the same visual impact and warmth of his older works despite being entirely digital in creation.
Umlingoma #1 in particular is a meditation on the state of the modern African in the world – a provocative visual, melding the harsh commuter life of workers and the steadfast traditional elements of spirituality. ‘It’s a powerful piece and takes Jiyane’s art to a new level of accessibility amongst the people who are his subjects, a truly special achievement’ is how Mzansi Gallery curator, Erin Maris describes this work. ‘In a body of work with such impact, we chose this piece over all the others for the exhibition poster, it really speaks to people across the spectrum.’
In addition to this latest body of work, Jiyane will also exhibit selected oils and acrylics that have not been released publicly to date. A limited edition of collectable exhibition posters will be available for those, whose budgets can’t quite stretch to the prices of the art.
The exhibition opens to the public on Friday, 17 April at 6pm and runs until 8 May 2015 at the recently launched Mzansi Gallery in the heart of bohemian Melville, at 12a, 7th Street.