Thami Jali

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Thami Jali was born Lamontville, Durban in 1955. He matriculated at Dlangezwa in Zululand and started to study for a Law degree at the University of Zululand when he met students from Rorke's Drift . This meeting was a pivotal moment for him as he decided to drop out of law to study at the Rorke's Drift Art Centre from 1981 to 1982.

Thami Jali went on to study ceramics at the Natal Technikon from 1983 to 1984. He is a founded Art Communications in 1983. Later he moved to Johannesburg where he taught pottery and sculpture at Mofolo Art Centre in Soweto and also worked at the Kim Sacks Studio.

Thami Jali is said by Lionel Davis to have felt that many of his peers at the Rorke's Drift Art Centre were not sufficiently politicised, but Jali has since commented that it was not only his peers that he tried to alert to the demands of the Struggle, but also the wider community. This was made possible for him through the medium of prints, the democratic multiple.

Jali's work continued to deal with social and political issues and he was part of a formally constituted group or organisations focusing on mural art which emerged in each of the country's three major cities shortly after 1990. In Durban, Community Mural Projects was formally constituted by Terry-Anne Stevenson and Thami Jali (later joined by Ilse Mikula) in 1991. One of their first murals dealt with AIDS awareness. Whilst in Durban he coordinated The BAT Visual Arts Studio which provided a space and facilities for artists who would otherwise not have been able to produce work.

In the mid 1990's he moved to Nelspruit in Mpumalanga. At The Matsulu Centre Jali was involved in training youth in ceramics with the support of the Department of Arts and Culture. It was here that he became aware of the work of outsider artist Nukain Mabuza.

In 2004 he returned to Rorkes Drift, to assist in re-establishing the ceramics studio there with the support of Khumbulani Afrika. Since then he has established his studio in Durban.

His work is represented in the collections of the Durban Art Gallery, Tatham Art Gallery, The Constitutional Court and the University of Zululand as well as in numerous private collections.

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Lithographs

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Title: Homage to Nukain
Medium: Three colour chine colle lithograph
Paper size: 50 x 43cm
Image size: 40 x 38cm
Edition size: 30
Price: R 3 950 (excl.VAT)

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Title: The Shrine
Medium: Three colour chine colle lithograph
Paper size: 50 x 43cm
Image size: 40 x 38cm
Edition size: 30
Price: R 3 950 (excl.VAT)

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Title: The Rock
Medium: Four colour chine colle lithograph
Paper size: 50 x 43cm
Image size: 40 x 38cm
Edition size: 30
Price: R 3 950 (excl.VAT)

The print studio where Thami Jali collaborated