Evocative And Inspired Self-Portraits By South African Painter Zandile Tshabalala | Alternative Fruit
An impressionism feel drifts through the pigments of Zandile Tshabalala's self-portraits, as she depicts herself in still-life poses among a variety of everyday scenarios. Her definitive and primary ideas and style have gathered quite a following on Facebook and Instagram.
Now, her very first solo exhibition in the physical world is about to take place. Titled “Enter Paradise” the debut showcase of painting work is to be exhibited in Ghana at the ADA/contemporary Art Gallery, Dacca, from February 25th until 26th March. Using her portraiture as an iconic representation of a young black woman from South Africa, the acrylic works entice similar faces and new ones alike to position themselves in the pictures.
From her early days where she would colour in paper dolls at school, Zandile has always has a flare for art and design. Her young aspirations of working in fashion has materialised slightly differently this time around, however a visual clarity in art can be focussed into all kinds of positive directions. When Zandile Tshabalala decided to take her art studies into a specialism later in life, her family were unsure. They felt that the artistic streak was a form of rebellion. Needless to say, creativity is about doing the new and different and in this way a rebellious outlook for the right reasons can be a valuable asset.
It's been a long journey, however in the past couple of years, Zandile Tshabalala's works have been encouraged by international interest online and in the studio. Thanks to the platform of social media and Zandile's own fighting spirit, her skills are being noticed in all the right places.
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