Making Monotypes with Mongezi Ncaphayi

Blogger: Rachel van Blydenstein 2017.02.08

Abstract artist Mongezi Ncaphayi is currently working on a new series of monotypes at DKW. Following his first collaboration with us in 2013, this body of work reflects the nuances of his mark- making process:- that which is distinctive to the artist’s style.

Drying in the rack are two monotypes in progress.

Winner of the Gerard Sekoto and Absa Atelier Awards in 2013, Ncaphayi explores the relationship between patterns and colour, seeking out the intricacies that each hold.  It is this unique combination of investigation and implementation that indicates Ncaphayi’s gestural mark as definitive.

Themes in his work often appear to the artist after the image has been created, allowing him to enquire about the metaphysical translations of spirituality, gender, politics and displacement. The flow and composition of the images are reminiscent to that of musical scores, another translation of the artist’s visual language.

Mixing inks to achieve the perfect colour.

Assisted by printers Sbongiseni Khulu and Pebofatso Mokena, Ncaphayi experiments with mixing a variety of inks to achieve the colour depths and tones, in addition to this, the use of chine collé (a fine Japanese paper) in the images adds a layered aspect to the works.

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