Senzo Shabangu

 
 
Senzo Shabangu began working on monotypes at the David Krut Workshop (DKW) at Arts on Main with printer Jillian Ross in 2010. His monotypes explored themes of urban living and human nature. Shabangu moved on to making linocuts in 2011 at DKW Arts on Main and into the DK Workshop on Jan Smuts Avenue in July as an artist in residence in preparation of his solo exhibitionNaked Pressure. He continued to print at DKW creating new works for his 2012 exhibition Amandla! at Arts on Main. This was followed in 2013 by Obsessionhis first show in the main gallery space on Jan Smuts Avenue, as well a concurrent exhibition in Cape Town, titled Recollection: Works on Paper. Obsession was inspired by social issues that influence everyday life for those living in South Africa – the media, protest actions, men in robes and judges are the underlying sources of imagery. Shabangu continues to work at the DKW on Jan Smuts Avenue and in 2014  worked with master printer Phil Sanders from New York at the Arts on Main studio. He exhibited two works at the 2014 Johannesburg Art Fair and recent exhibitions include a group show of South African artists in the foyer of Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of the Ubuntu exhibition, as well as the group exhibition The Benediction of Shade II at David Krut Projects.  Senzo Shabangu currently had a solo exhibition My World ,  running from the 3 October 2015 till the 31 October 2015 at DK Jan Smuts. For more on Senzo Shabangu, click here. Scroll down to view works. Related blog posts and articles: http://davidkrutprojects.com/33994/new-workshop-space-at-151-jan-smuts Spotlight on Shabangu in the Tourism Gazette  Ahead of his solo exhibition with DKP, the Mail and Guardian interview Shabangu, calling him "a star on the rise" and his describing his work as "colourful, irreverent and political". Art Africa review Shabangu's fourth solo exhibition at DKP, My World (2015) Sowetan: "Shabangu has come a long way": up-and-coming artist "tackles the disparities between the poor and the rich" "This is the story of how a rural boy who dreamed of becoming a pilot took flight – in a different direction – to become an internationally known artist". 
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