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SELECTED WORKS BY David Koloane

Bree Street III
David Koloane
Bree Street III

2008

Mixed media on paper

70 x 100 cm
Once upon a time David Koloane enunciated: ‚ÄėApartheid was a politics of space more than anything‚Ķand much of the apartheid legislation was denying people the right to move. It‚Äôs all about space; restricting space‚ĶClaiming art is also reclaiming space.‚Äô
In the artist’s paintings this claim for space is achieved with exuberance and pain to deploy township scenes of electrifying intensity. His subject matter is found in the frantic buzz of every day commuting, mass protests, high speed traffic and some intimate corners that make up the inner city experience. The colour-saturated expressionism of his images gives life to multitudes of faceless people sporting placards, women working the streets and mongrels fighting for their invisible bounty. Like muted music, the images evoke the restless speed and confusion of a complex socio-political landscape, and the multiple urban anxieties in permanent mutation.
Mahlathini Street II
David Koloane
Mahlathini Street II

2008

Mixed media on paper

70 x 100 cm
Ever since the arduous apartheid days, David Koloane has been actively providing spaces to black artists in South Africa as well as making the plight visible in his own works. His is a human quest: people are pivotal in the rich arena of his paintings, depicted by means of expressive strokes and a hint of surreal undertones.
Such is the case of The Night has a Thousand Eyes where fluorescent eyes emerge from the night scene as prophecies, seeing churchgoers find their way through the dark roads surrounded by stray dogs and the ominous presence of an owl under the full moon’s spell. Mongrels are a recurrent theme that David Koloane has explored to symbolize greed and political brutality, especially in his Mgodoyi Series of 1993. Fighting or simply scavenging around the city, the dogs are the ultimate signifiers of the blind forces of oppression.

Text © Gabriela Salgado
The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
David Koloane
The Night Has A Thousand Eyes

2007-8

Mixed media on paper

128 x 300 cm
Mass Movement III
David Koloane
Mass Movement III

2010

Mixed media on paper

92 x 109 cm
Diskiology II
David Koloane
Diskiology II

2010

Mixed media on paper

165 x 126 cm
A Matter Of Time
David Koloane
A Matter Of Time

2008

Acrylic on canvas (diptych)

100 x 150 cm
Mass Movement I
David Koloane
Mass Movement I

2010

Mixed media on paper

215.5 x 109 cm
Inner City II
David Koloane
Inner City II

2010

Oil on canvas

130 x 120 cm
Diskiology I
David Koloane
Diskiology I

2010

Mixed media on paper

170 x 126 cm

David Koloane's BIOGRAPHY

David Koloane
Born in 1938, Alexandra, Johannesburg,South Africa
Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2010
Twenty Ten and Other Things, Goodman Gallery Cape, Cape Town, South Africa

2008
Revival, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2006
New Work, A.B.A Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2003
Rituals , Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2002
City Beat , Seippel Gallery, Germany

1999
Cityscapes and City Dwellers , Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1997
New Work , NSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa

1994
Made in South Africa 2 , Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1993
Made in South Africa 1 , Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Solo Exhibition, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

1990
Gallery on the Market, Newtown, Johannesburg

1977
Nedbank Gallery, Killarney, Johannesburg


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2013
My Joburg, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
Imaginary Fact: Contemporary South African Art and the Archive, South African Pavilion, 55th la Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

2012
Terra firma, Fried Contemporary Art Gallery & Studio, Pretoria, South Africa

2011
e-Scapes, David Krut Publishing, Johannesburg, South Africa

2009
KOLOANE MABASO MASHILE MAUTLOA, Gallery AOP, Johannesburg, South Africa

2008
Print Run, David Krut Publishing, Cape Town, South Africa

2006
Unhomely ‚Äď Seville Bienale, Seville, Spain

2002
Ubuntu, Malaysia Art Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2000
South African Artists, Seippel Gallery, Germany

1999
Liberated Voices, National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA

1996-7
South Africa National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

1996
Alvar Aalto Museum, Jyvaskyla, Finland
Bomani Gallery, San Francisco, USA

1995
Zora Neal Hurston National Museum of Fine Art Hurstonville, Florida, USA
Meridian International Center, Washington DC, USA
South African Murals, ICA Gallery, London, UK
Art from South Africa, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK

1989-90
Touring Exhibition, Nordic Countries