Xgaoc'o X'are

Xgaoc’o*  X’are grew up on a farm in the Ghanzi District and joined The Kuru Art Project in 1992. At that time, he was in his late teens and the creative possibilities at the Kuru Art Project revealed a new world to him. For Xgaoc’o Xare art allows the images that dwell in his mind to materialize on canvas through careful brushstrokes in simplified forms and joyous colours.

X'are attended school for a short period only. He enjoyed learning but was teased by the bigger boys, which is why he ran away from school. His elders did not send him back and he grew up on the farms doing occasional jobs like erecting fences and cutting poles.

Xgaoc’o X'are is familiar with the veld and the animals that live in it. He remembers going with his father or brother to hunt animals for the pot. They did not hunt with bows and arrows but used horses and spears. For a young boy these were exciting experiences that he will never forget.

X'are's knowledge and love of the Kalahari can be seen in his work. It reflects a simplicity that is peculiar to him. In these simplified animal and plant forms lies a strong resemblance to the rock art that was done centuries ago by his ancestors. Xgaoc’o Xare depicts the majority of his animals facing in the same direction, which is similar to many rock engravings, in particular, the ones at Twyfelfontein in Namibia.  

He has no specific preferences concerning techniques and media, although he loves oil paint.  Working with monoprints is probably the most painterly of all printing techniques and thus suited him well.He is a very slow worker, but insists on finishing his work to perfection before he is satisfied.

* Xgaoc’o signs his work Qhaqhoo (the old spelling of his Naro name).

The Kuru Art Project

New editions from The Artists' Press

Monoprints

Title: Two giraffe and two birds I
Medium: Monoprint
Size: 50 x 65cm

Price: R
4 500 (excl. VAT)


Title: Two giraffe and two birds II
Medium: Monoprint
Size: 50 x 65cm

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Title: Two giraffe and two birds III
Medium: Monoprint
Size: 50 x 65cm

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4 500 (excl. VAT)


Title: Two giraffe and two birds IV
Medium: Monoprint
Size: 50 x 65cm

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4 500 (excl. VAT)


Title: Two giraffe and two birds V
Medium: Monoprint
Size: 50 x 65cm

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4 500 (excl. VAT)


Title: Two giraffe and two birds VI
Medium: Monoprint
Size: 50 x 65cm

Price: SOLD


Title: Zebra and tshaa tsara I
Medium: Monoprint
Size: 50 x 65cm

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4 500 (excl. VAT)


Title: Zebra and tshaa tsara II
Medium: Monoprint
Size: 50 x 65cm

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4 500 (excl. VAT)


Title: Zebra and tshaa tsara III
Medium: Monoprint
Size: 50 x 65cm

Price: SOLD


Title: Zebra and tshaa tsara IV
Medium: Monoprint
Size: 50 x 65cm

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4 500 (excl. VAT)


Title: Zebra and tshaa tsara V
Medium: Monoprint
Size: 50 x 65cm

Price: SOLD


Title: Zebra and tshaa tsara VI
Medium: Monoprint
Size: 50 x 65cm

Price: R
4 500 (excl. VAT)


Title: Guineafowl and Gemsbok I
Medium: Monoprint
Size: 50 x 65cm

Price: R
4 500 (excl. VAT)


Title: Guineafowl and Gemsbok II
Medium: Monoprint
Size: 50 x 65cm

Price: R
4 500 (excl. VAT)


Title: Guineafowl and Gemsbok III
Medium: Monoprint
Size: 50 x 65cm

Price: R
4 500 (excl. VAT)


Title: Guineafowl and Gemsbok IV
Medium: Monoprint
Size: 50 x 65cm

Price: SOLD


Title: Guineafowl and Gemsbok V
Medium: Monoprint
Size: 50 x 65cm

Price: R
4 500 (excl. VAT)


Title: Guineafowl and Gemsbok VI
Medium: Monoprint
Size: 50 x 65cm

Price: SOLD


Click on the links below to see work by other artists from The Kuru Art Project:

Sara Cao

Kg'akg'am Tshabu

Xaga Tcuixgao

Jan Tcega

Ditiro Makwena

Tama Kase

Koaba Coco

Xgaiga Qhomatca

Ennie Coexae Bob

Xgaoc’o  X’are

Qauqaua (Artists book)