We were raised differently

Curatorial Statement

Presented in this debut solo exhibition by Percy Maimela, is a distinctly symbolic body of work that reveals anecdotes about the important figures that have profoundly impacted his life. While exploring other relationships, the main tribute of this work is to the artist’s mother; he finds himself reflecting back to how he was raised and how that moulded him. Through exploring personal relationships and observed ones, he implores the viewer to reflect on their life – to art therapize yourself. What are the traumas that you carry that are essentially not yours to carry? The work also explores being burdened with patrilineal names and the infamous non-existent relationships with said entities that carry and symbolize the names that bring so much conflict to the self.

A rendition of the self – past, present and future. Maimela allows himself to be completely dissolved in the presence of the work and experience directly not in theory. While we may be informed by the power of artistic expression, we are all ubiquitously included in the prose, the lyrics, the tones, the brush strokes, the concept, and symbols – like the mask which represents the universal totem of the past, present and future; representing our ability to pave a way forward for ourselves with the knowledge that we have about ourselves and our personal histories; it is within forgiving, within recognising and willing to accept our history and understand it for what it is not or what it should have been that allows this. It may be unbecoming and highly emotive and confrontational, but there truly is no new light to beam the subject when its shadows drop on your loved ones, your present and future self.
~ CURATORIAL STATEMENT TSELENG TSHABALALA

THE SHEPHERD OF THE WOLF LED FLOCK

Charcoal, Acrylic Paint and Pastels on canvas
226.5 x 155.5 cm
2020
R140 000,00

A PIECE OF CHANCE

Charcoal and Pastel on Canvas
49,3 x 49,5 cm
2020
R8 500,00

I WAS TAUGHT TO REACH THE SKY

Charcoal, Acrylic Paint and Pastel on Canvas
76,5 x 96 cm
2020
R20 000,00

GREW UP IN A SHACK

Charcoal and Acrylic Paint on Canvas
56,5 x 80,5 cm
2020
R16 500,00

MOTHER

Charcoal and Pastel on Canvas
109,5 x 152 cm
2020
R40 000,00

FATHER IS A VERB

Charcoal and Acrylic Paint on Canvas
61,5 x 90,5 cm
2020
R17 000,00

GIVE ME STRENGTH

Charcoal and Pastel on Canvas
60 x 80,5 cm
2020
R16 500,00

UNRESOLVED CONFLICTS

Charcoal and Acrylic Paint on Canvas
139 x 153 cm
2020
R45 000,00

PILLAR OF STRENGTH

Charcoal Acrylic Paint on Canvas
60 x 82 cm
2020
R16 500,00

SIBLINGS

Charcoal, Acrylic Paint and Pastel on Canvas
109,5 x 153,5 cm
2020
R40 000,00

REST

Charcoal, Acrylic Paint and Pastel on Canvas
49,5 x 50,5 cm
2020
R8 500,00

RAISED TO BE KINGS AND QUEENS

Charcoal, Acrylic Paint and Pastel on Canvas
171 x 155,5 cm
2020
R50 000,00

MPHO YA BODIMO

Charcoal and Acrylic Paint on Canvas
79 x 152 cm
2020
R35 000,00

IS MOM BACK HOME

Charcoal, Acrylic Paint and Pastel on Canvas
50 x 51 cm
2020
R8 500,00

TO CLIMB OR NOT TO CLIMB

Charcoal and Acrylic Paint on Canvas
50 x 50,3 cm
2020
R8 500,00

THE PROTECTOR

Charcoal Acrylic Paint and Pastel on Canvas
153 x 182 cm
2020
R50 000,00

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