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THE FIRST SOLO EXHIBITION of Phumelele Tshabalala presents new mixed-media works on canvas, board, and paper at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery in London. “Becoming water from the same source” features 13 works by the South African artist. Electric colors cast his fascinating subjects in a theatrical light. Tshabalala lives and works in Johannesburg, having recently returned to his hometown after several years in the United States, where he was based in Los Angeles after earning an MFA in Visual Art from SUNY Purchase College, New York (2016). Inspired by the emotional and cultural transition, his images of real individuals and representational characters celebrate his community, those who have shaped him, and notions of home and belonging. CT

 

“Phumelele Tshabalala: Becoming water from the same source” is on view at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, March 19-May 1, 2021. The show is also presented in an online viewing room

 

TOP IMAGE: PHUMELELE TSHABALALA, “There is no I in You but there is a U in Us,” 2021 (mixed media on canvas, 165.1 x 203.2 cm / 65 x 80 inches). | © Phumelele Tshabalala, Courtesy the artist and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery. Photo by Exquisite Motivity

 


Installation view of “Phumelele Tshabalala: Becoming water from the same source,” Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London (2021). | Photo by Mark Blower, Courtesy Pippy Houldsworth Gallery

 


PHUMELELE TSHABALALA, “Junior,” 2021 (mixed media on panel, 61 x 45.7 cm / 24 x 18 inches). | © Phumelele Tshabalala, Courtesy the artist and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery. Photo by Mark Blower

 


PHUMELELE TSHABALALA, “Let him Reign,” 2021 (mixed media on panel, 102 x 89 cm / 40 1/8 x 35 1/8 inches). | © Phumelele Tshabalala, Courtesy the artist and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery. Photo by Exquisite Motivity

 


Installation view of “Phumelele Tshabalala: Becoming water from the same source,” Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London (2021). | Photo by Mark Blower, Courtesy Pippy Houldsworth Gallery

 


PHUMELELE TSHABALALA, “Between the world and Me,” 2021 (linoleum print, collage and hand-painted on paper, two parts, unique, framed 84 x 120.3 cm / 33 1/8 x 47 3/8 inches). | © Phumelele Tshabalala, Courtesy the artist and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery. Photo by Mark Blower

 


PHUMELELE TSHABALALA, “Sister Outsider,” 2021 (mixed media on canvas, 102 x 89 cm / 40 1/8 x 35 1/8 inches). | © Phumelele Tshabalala, Courtesy the artist and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery. Photo by Mark Blower

 


Installation view of “Phumelele Tshabalala: Becoming water from the same source,” Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London (2021). | Photo by Mark Blower, Courtesy Pippy Houldsworth Gallery

 


PHUMELELE TSHABALALA, “Priestess Makhosazana,” 2021 (mixed media on panel, 121.9 x 91.4 cm / 48 x 36 inches). | © Phumelele Tshabalala, Courtesy the artist and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery. Photo by Mark Blower

 


PHUMELELE TSHABALALA, “A monument to the iS’pantsula as mama feeds the
community,” 2021 (mixed media on canvas, 165.1 x 114.3 cm / 65 x 45 inches). | © Phumelele Tshabalala, Courtesy the artist and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery. Photo by Mark Blower

 


Installation view of “Phumelele Tshabalala: Becoming water from the same source,” Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London (2021). | Photo by Mark Blower, Courtesy Pippy Houldsworth Gallery

 


PHUMELELE TSHABALALA, “The Smartest in the room,” 2021 (mixed media on canvas, 102 x 76.5 cm, 40 1/8 x 30 1/8 inches). | © Phumelele Tshabalala, Courtesy the artist and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery. Photo by Exquisite Motivity

 


PHUMELELE TSHABALALA, “Man of Joy,” 2021 (mixed media on canvas, 152.4 x 152.4 cm / 60 x 60 inches). | © Phumelele Tshabalala, Courtesy the artist and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery. Photo by Mark Blower

 


PHUMELELE TSHABALALA, “Gangster Gardener,” 2021 (mixed media on canvas, 101.6 x 101.6 cm / 40 x 40 inches). | © Phumelele Tshabalala, Courtesy the artist and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery. Photo by Mark Blower

 

FIND MORE work is also currently on view in “Shattered Glass,” a group exhibition curated by Melahn Frierson and AJ Girard at Jeffrey Deitch Los Angeles

 

BOOKSHELF
Recent volumes explore how a new, diverse generation of artists is expressing itself through figuration and addressing the challenges of contemporary representation. “Unrealism: New Figurative Painting” features an introduction by Jeffrey Deitch with Aria Dean among the contributors. “Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium,” was published to coincide with an exhibition of the same name at Whitechapel Gallery in London.

 

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