Regular First Visit to Studio

yet he was reluctant and was facing a dilemma of knowing when to stop when indulging in finger swerving scribbling genius.

pastel on, pastel off, paste on, paste off, wax o, wax off, swoosh, swish went the regular first visit to Mthobisi Maphumulo’s studio.

So much colour focusly splashed around the space. Tiny like a Japanese urban living space, yet open as a hall of fame with artworks of only two artists, Akiko Nakaji a Japanese an artist and graphic designer now living in Durban, South Africa. Growing up in Japan, Akiko was trained in classical calligraphy and Mthobisi Maphumulo, a pure Zulu breed soldier from Umgababa, south KZN.

So much colour focusly splashed around the space. Tiny like a Japanese urban living space, yet open as a hall of fame with artworks of only two artists.

The Space is a typical urban space with irrectible furniture designed to move with the minimalist of effort, created for both male and feminine capabilities. having only seen such studios on television, in films about artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Irma Stern, deciding not to gasp at the space as it was just typical, i turned my attention to the extra large oil pastel combination of strokes and color co-ordination and captured in awe after glances stilled by imagery in pictures of metaphoric expression of a social issues being broadcasted from the reluctant mind  of the well-disciplined Mthobisi Maphumulo.

Wonder Buhle having to run other errands, didn’t waste any time after what is suspected of fear of leaving Mthobisi unaccompanied, he seized the moment without a second to pass, there and then spent little time, fist pumped and disappeared behind the weaved plank display to blind the unsuspecting audience from Addington Primary School kids and strangers of south beach who feel the desire to peep through the window in that second of passing on to “god-knows where” because living needs one to make a living.

captured in awe after glances stilled by imagery in pictures of metaphoric expression of a social issues being broadcasted from the reluctant mind  of the well-disciplined Mthobisi Maphumulo.

Mthobisi had explained his projected oil pastel pixels from his mind that it represents the current social issue of #FeesMustFall. he wasn’t one to advocate nor prosecute it, but decided to display it in such a manner to reveal his personal artistic perspective and it was a masterpiece to an eye that had little to nothing knowledge about art, yet he was reluctant and was facing a dilemma of knowing when to stop when indulging in finger swerving scribbling genius.

The art piece was a sea of people in the sea who are being harassed by Chitauri’s (Cyclops) emerging from the depth of the ocean. the agony is spelled out by the facial expressions are as if they are telling a story written in words by a writer, “but this was just a children’s medium,” says Mthobisi, “so claims critics”, but these were from hands trained to be a tool of the mind.

Back and forth he danced like a capoeira dancer on his clean floor after a few touches, perspective check from afar, and laughing after being impressed by his own minds’ reflection and expression.

“but this was just a children’s medium,” says Mthobisi, “so claims critics”

 

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