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Nomfanekiso, Who Paints at Night: The Art of Gladys Mgudlandlu

Nomfanekiso, Who Paints at Night: The Art of Gladys Mgudlandlu

An overview of Gladys 'Nomfanekiso' Mgudlandlu's art, assessing her contribution to painting in South Africa.
Miles, Elza
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Title: Nomfanekiso, Who Paints at Night: The Art of Gladys Mgudlandlu
Author: Elza Miles
Publisher: Random House Struik
Imprint: Fernwood Press
Cape Town, South Africa 2009
ISBN 9781874950660 / ISBN 978-1-874950-66-0
Hardcover, dustjacket, 26x25 cm, 96 pages, throughout colour photos


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An overview of Gladys Mgudlandlu's art, assessing her contribution to painting in South Africa. Gladys 'Nomfanekiso' Mgudlandlu (1917-1979) is one of the foremost exponents of Expressionism in South Africa. As a school teacher, she taught by day and, at night, she painted by the flickering light of a paraffin lamp in her township house in Cape Town. She arrived at a pristine form of expressionism that is deeply rooted in the still-uncharted field of indigenous culture.

The indigenous character and essence of Africa that she incorporated into her art - the legends and folklore, as well as some of the mysticism characteristic of African rituals and customs - were strongly emphasised and used by later South African black artists. She held her first painting exhibition, the first African woman to do so, in 1961. Art critics and the public recognised the significance of her highly individualistic art expression and, today, her art may be found in the homes of discerning art lovers and collectors around the world, as well as in galleries and corporate collections.


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