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The Harvester Lithographs

Mashile is clear in his views of what South Africa has and has not achieved since 1994 and despairs at the socio-political and socio-economic realities of the country. He is keenly aware of the hypocrisy of the country’s current leadership and is troubled by the continued poverty and inequality that is still so much in evidence. In these prints Mashile examines the relationship between media, aspiration and consumption and those who struggle to survive on the edges of urban life. The images focus on waste pickers who inadvertantly take care of the environment by recycling what the wealthy discard. The animal shadows suggest alter ego's.

Title: The Harvester I
Medium: Seven colour lithograph
Paper size: 50 x 40cm
Image size: 38 x 30cm
Edition size: 20
Price: R 3 800 (excl.VAT)


Title: The Harvester II
Medium: Seven colour lithograph
Paper size: 50 x 40cm
Image size: 38 x 30cm
Edition size: 20
Price: R 3 800 (excl.VAT)


Title: The Harvester III
Medium: Six colour lithograph
Paper size: 50 x 40cm
Image size: 38 x 30cm
Edition size: 20
Price: R 3 800 (excl.VAT)


 Returning Lithographs

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Title: At Last
Medium: Nine colour lithograph
Paper size: 76.8 x 57.5cm
Image size: 50 x 70cm
Edition size: 30
Price: R 6 250 (excl.VAT)

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Title: Wabararo-ke-mpheane (three's a crowd)
Medium: Eleven colour lithograph
Paper size: 76.8 x 57.5cm
Image size: 50 x 70cm
Edition size: 30
Price: R 6 250 (excl.VAT)

Theatre Lithographs

Colbert Mashile worked on the plates for these prints in February 2008. He explains " I got the theatre idea from collaborating with a young writer from the USA, usually I do not use text in my work. I am playing around with social and political commentary; but the dialogue has little to do with the images". Colbert Mashile's reluctance to be prescriptive about his work carries through to these prints. It also enables the prints to have meaning beyond the narrow time frame of the period that he worked on them.

The prints were made around the time that Mugabe's total grip on power seemed as though it may be unraveling and while South Africa was dealing the collapse of President Mbeki's reign, and xenophobia was starting to boil into toxic chaos. In the prints Colbert Mashile passes comment on southern African politics and social issues but the "players in the plays do not have specific identities in order to universalise them". Colbert Mashile continues " the dialogue almost comes from outside, as if from you the viewer. It is open-ended everyday dialogue, these are random images and each print is isolated from the other, they are not part of a conclusive story; rather they are like some absurd performance drawn from real life. I like the comical aspects, the ridiculousness of the images which are at the same time deadly serious".

These images are set in landscapes that capture aspects of the Lowveld where Colbert Mashile grew up. The plains dotted with acacia trees, the distant mountains and huge domes of granite. "The land is very spiritual for me. It is where people find their groundedness. Nature reminds us to be humble and to work within it’s sphere". All the "plays" are played out in the field so to speak. The images show how severed contemporary politicians are from their roots and the limits of the fragile eco-systems that they live in. The birds in "The Barometer" converse among themselves and are passive observers of what is going on. Like the beasts in "The Confrontation" and The Sacrifice" they are victims of man's ability to distance himself from the natural world, which ultimately threatens humanities continued existence on the planet.

Title: The Presentation
Medium: Six colour lithograph
Paper size: 66 x 50.5cm
Image size: 56 x 43cm
Edition size: 25
Price: R 4 750 (excl.VAT)

Text on print reads:
O: Stand still, your bones are rattling and I can't stand it.
P:Tell him O, he drives me insane, lest I wack him.
JJ: Pardon me my friends. I just heard terrible news.
O: What? don't start
JJ: Yeah... I just heard that nothing will rot anymore.

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Title: The Confrontation
Medium: Nine colour lithograph
Paper size: 66 x 50.5cm
Image size: 56 x 43cm
Edition size: 25
Price: R 4 750 (excl.VAT)

Text on print reads:
Zim-man: Please budge, I've been working hard on you. Why do you choose to embarass me
Zim-beast: Say my name, then I will budge and make you the man. And when your bones are flaking, generations will still revere your hard work on my ass
Zim-man: I dont know your name
Zim-beast: Don't you read; don't you ever read? Sorry on you

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Title: The Question
Medium: Nine colour lithograph
Paper size: 66 x 50.5cm
Image size: 56 x 43cm
Edition size: 25
Price: R 4 750 (excl.VAT)

Text on print reads:
M: why me? not this time; and so I say again. Not me. Why me always
W: It's red and you eat red meat; what were you thinking
M: No, not again. How many times now?
W: OH MY POOR DEAD HUSBAND How HE warned me not to love a FOOL!!


Title: The Sacrifice
Medium: Six colour lithograph
Paper size: 66 x 50.5cm
Image size: 56 x 43cm
Price: R 4 750 (excl.VAT)

Text on print reads:
S: If need be, I can carry you between Tigris and Euphrates
M: S, you are my best friend
S: I can't help it, it's in my nature, yeah.....my very nature, to the core, yeah....

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Title: The Barometer
Medium: Nine colour lithograph
Paper size: 66 x 50.5cm
Image size: 56 x 43cm
Edition size: 25
Price: R 4 750 (excl.VAT)
Text on print reads:
DD: Awake BJ, dinner is about to present itself
BJ: Present itself, in what form?
DD: Eloped and captured minister of something being dragged back to her official residential quarters

First Lithographs

The first series of lithographs done by Colbert Mashile which includes four sketches of his wife Merol.

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Title: Korama (Kneel)
Medium: Six colour lithograph
Size: 65 x 50cm
Edition size: 40
Price: R 4 500 (excl.VAT)

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Title: Kwaela (Facing Up)
Medium: Six colour lithograph
Size: 65 x 50cm
Edition size: 40
Price: R 4 500 (excl.VAT)

south african limited edition prints

Title: Motshwara Teo (The one who leads the plough)
Medium: Six colour lithograph
Size: 65 x 50cm
Edition size: 40
Price: R 4 500 (excl.VAT)

south african original prints

Title: Mothiba Tsela (Road Blocker)
Medium: Six colour lithograph
Size: 50 x 65cm
Edition size: 40
Price: R 4 500 (excl.VAT)

south african limited edition prints

Title: Bagwera (Initiates)
Medium: single colour chine collé lithograph
Size: 49 x 38cm
Edition size: 20
Price: R 3 050 (excl.VAT)

south african art

Title: Kotsi (Danger)
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Size: 49 x 38cm
Edition size: 20
Price: R 3 050 (excl.VAT)

south african lithograph

Title: Gunyula (Gunyula is a pet name for a mischievous boy or young man, somebody known by the whole village as a rabble-rouser and who seems to be intolerant to pain caused by punishment).
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Size: 49 x 38cm
Edition size: 20
Price: R 3 050 (excl.VAT)

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Title: Bodibeng (The Fountain)
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Size: 49 x 38cm
Edition size: 20
Price: R 3 050 (excl.VAT)

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Title: Pokolo (Donkey)
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Size: 49 x 38cm
Edition size: 20
Price: R 3 050 (excl.VAT)

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Title: Merol Making Up
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Size: 49 x 38cm
Edition size: 15
Price: R 2 150 (excl.VAT)

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Title: Merol Pondering
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Size: 49 x 38cm
Edition size: 15
Price: R 2 150 (excl.VAT)

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Title: Merol Seated
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Size: 49 x 38cm
Edition size: 15
Price: R 2 150 (excl.VAT)

south african art

Title: Boroko (Rest)
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Size: 49 x 38cm
Edition size: 15
Price: R 2 150 (excl.VAT)