NOMKHUBULWANE (MOTHER OF THE NATION)
40 by 29cm
R40 000 – R80 000
signed and dated ’96 oil on canvas board
'Trevor Makhoba's art is uniquely grounded in his experience of life and contemporary events in KwaZulu-Natal. He reflects on this experience, as Andy Mason has noted, with elements of the satirical 'that combine social realism with surreal'. Another recent observation on his work locates it within the traditions of black art in KwaZulu-Natal, as an extension of the work of Gerard Bhengu for example, as 'the persistence of a romantic realism' that reflects 'a popular language that is accessible and lucid'. At the same time his work is a good example of how black artists have left the 'struggle aesthetic' behind them and embraced current issues, dealing with the realities of a highly complex and diverse multicultural society.'
Excerpt taken from Proud, H., Revisions: Expanding the Narrative of South African Art, S. A. History Online and UNISA Press, Cape Town, 2006, p 310