These three exceptional African artists share a concern for representing the human condition through art in a manner that shows deft mastery of form and line and simultaneously implies narrative progression in the form of two- and three-dimensional art. All three artists are deeply concerned with the condition of our existence and the realities of living in a globalised world where mass media often makes incursions on daily living. They do this through a visual language that reflects philosophical ideas and deeply considered investigations that manifest in their artistic practice. In many cases these artists show stark juxtapositions of subject matter, leading to a sense of unease, even as the viewer is drawn to the beauty of the work. The juxtaposition of these three practitioners’ work in a shared space shows complementary concerns, and, taken together, emphasises their shared interests in the human form, the legacies of history and narrative and their uncompromising focus on the present while looking to the past. Individually, each artist’s strengths are evident in the mastery of their respective media and the resolution demonstrated in the separate works on display.
The presentation of this project aims to evoke the rich narrative possibilities that this art delivers. Each of these artists is, in their own way, masters of technique and visual communication, and the images they inscribe may be seen to be a form of écriture or writing in space and in time. The mix of works displayed will showcase a fresh look at the possibilities that formal qualities of line, colour and spatial depiction can activate artistically. Thus, through unique creative depiction, these artists present informed comment and critical reflection on our lived experience through the medium of contemporary art.