Jo Anke Gallery
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Jo Anke confronts South Africa's taxi industry formation in new exhibition: oMageza!

uMageza, Jo Anke Gallery’s next exhibition, comes wrapped up in double layers of nostalgia. Every taxi commuter experiences that moment: they jump into a Quantum or the infamous ‘Isikwele’– a descendant of the legendary Zola Bud – and they look for an empty seat where they can plonk their overburden behind, and wonder, “How can someone manage to wake up so early in the morning only to ferry around a load of people who reek of overestimated opinions of themselves, wearing misery like cosmetics, and all the while whining about the wreck and its captain carting them to their pathetic nine to five?”

 The taxi industry is known for being a hotbed of insult-laden bickers between drivers and passengers – a breeding ground for intolerance. With your job requiring you to daily transport thousands of impatient passengers dashing off to work, sometimes it seems like the pertinent question would be, “How much can uMageza take before he snaps like a frayed fan belt?”  

Insecurities, sentiments and quirky, the new exhibition confronts a very tender South African national concern today in the views and perspectives of a group of young artists influenced by a spectrum of communities that colour the South African landscape.

 uMageza opens on Saturday 12 November at 5pm and runs through December. Artworks will also be available on sale online. For more information contact Jo Anke Gallery on 011 440 7501/ 

Here are a few reasons why you should consider a portrait.

In recent years, portraits have increasingly become more informal. More and more modern painters now position their models in warm country settings - be it adding a chair in a cosy nook or a sunny garden path awash with Johannesburg's jacaranda spring blossoms. These types of portraits are historically called "conversation pieces" and are sure to become cherished treasures in any art collection. 

More than just a portrait.

The bold nature of another human gazing enchantingly at you from a canvas or photograph is just phenomenal. Portraiture is a fascinating form of art, in fact Jo Anke was initially conceived as a gallery that would specialise in portraiture. We particularly like tonal greys and warm pallets. They refer to portraits that use a drawing media such as charcoal and pencil or limited paint pallets in grey or neutral tones. Even though devoid of variety, tonal portraits are nonetheless vibrant and lifelike. 

Calming simplicity

Their straightforward calming and simplicity offers a quality that is timeless yet displays perfectly in fashionable homes and offices that feature designer natural fabrics, unfinished woods and neutral colour schemes.  

One of a kind

Commissioned portraits offers a delightful novelty of poses, art style and media choices to the novice client. This rich assortment ensures that each portraits is a unique work of art.

Bukhosi Nyathi. Robert. Oil on canvas

Bukhosi Nyathi. Robert. Oil on canvas

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Posted May 2016.

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