Colbert Mashile Monotypes

Colbert Mashile was born in 1972 in Bushbuckridge in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. Mashile says, "I come from a place that is shrouded by powerful cultural norms and customs". These customs, such as the ritual of circumcision, informed his early work, and he sought refuge and healing through art. In his practice he explores the often problematic narratives of collective cultural determinants within these communities and issues such as home, power, language, the natural landscape and our affinity to animals.

Mashile comes from a family of teachers and was expected to join the family trend on completion of high school. While studying in Tshwane, he became curious about the art that he saw in gallery windows on the streets of the city. This led him to the Johannesburg Art Foundation and then to a degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Colbert Mashile has risen to prominence on both national and international level exhibiting regularly on a variety of platforms.

Mashile has an uncanny ability to "tune into" universal psychological archetypes in his work. These images are based on his African identity and yet they speak to the universal. Mashile's fine sense of colour compliments his forms, which celebrate a connection to the earth. Mystical figures, phallic images, pods, everyday objects and organic shapes are some of the visual stimuli - which abound in Mashile's work.

Mashile, a quiet individual, reflects on his use of symbols and icons. He comments that they show the "truth about the land and its people and thus my existence in South Africa."  This  statement reflects someone who has a clear understanding of the prevalent issues in South Africa. Mashile has found an individual way in which to communicate his concerns and those of society as a whole, and he does so in a remarkable manner.

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Colbert Mashile Lithographs

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New Editions

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Jozi Boys

Title: Jozi Boys I
Medium: Monotype
Size: 66 x 50 cm
Price: R 7 550 (excl.VAT)


Title: Jozi Boys II
Medium: Monotype
Size: 66 x 50 cm
Price: R 7 550 (excl.VAT)


Title: Jozi Boys III
Medium: Monotype
Size: 66 x 50 cm
SOLD


Title: Jozi Boys IV
Medium: Monotype
Size: 66 x 50 cm
Price: R 7 550 (excl.VAT)


Title: Jozi Boys V
Medium: Monotype
Size: 66 x 50 cm
SOLD


Title: Jozi Boys VI
Medium: Monotype
Size: 66 x 50 cm
Price: R 7 550 (excl.VAT)


Title: Jozi Boys VII
Medium: Monotype
Size: 66 x 50 cm
SOLD


Title: Jozi Boys VIII
Medium: Monotype
Size: 66 x 50 cm
SOLD


Title: Jozi Boys IX
Medium: Monotype
Size: 66 x 50 cm
SOLD


Title: Jozi Boys X
Medium: Monotype
Size: 66 x 50 cm
SOLD


Title: Jozi Boys XI
Medium: Monotype
Size: 66 x 50 cm
SOLD


Title: Jozi Boys XII
Medium: Monotype
Size: 66 x 50 cm
Price: R 7 550 (excl.VAT)


Title: Jozi Boys XIII
Medium: Monotype
Size: 66 x 50 cm
Price: R 7 550 (excl.VAT)


Title: The Stand I
Medium: Monotype
Size: 66 x 50 cm
Price: R 7 550 (excl.VAT)


Title: The Stand II
Medium: Monotype
Size: 66 x 50 cm
Price: R 7 550 (excl.VAT)


Baboons

Colbert Mashile believes animals have human traits. He says that in his Mapulana clan of the Northern Sotho group, animals are allocated various characteristics but he chooses to focus on their personalities “For example in African culture baboons are associated with bad things, including witchcraft. But its personality is that it has a good memory and a strong character." The focus of these monotypes are baboons, topical given the current national discourse on race.

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 prevalent. These prints comment on current realities in a darkly humorous manner. The titles say it all.

Title: The First Witness II
Medium: Monotype
Size: 105 x 75 cm
SOLD


Title: The Revenant III
Medium: Monotype
Size: 105 x 75 cm
SOLD


Title: Time Keeper I
Medium: Monotype
Size: 105 x 75 cm
SOLD


Title: Time Keeper III
Medium: Monotype
Size: 105 x 75 cm
Price: R 13 500 (excl.VAT)


Caterpillars

With the print titles, Mashile plays with notions of language and scientific classification. He used a list of actual species names as inspiration as he created his own, with a heavy dose of humour.

Each is a unique print and exists in no other form. Traditionally, the numbers I and II indicate the order that the prints were made in, with II being the "ghost" print (i.e. printed from the ink that remained on the plate after the first one was pulled). The "ghost" print often has additional work added to it. Mashile has toyed with this order in some of the prints, making the "ghost" print number I.

Title: Bombycidae (Bewildered)
Medium: Monotype
Size: 50 x 65 cm
Price: R 7 550 (excl.VAT)

Title: Bombycidae (Marching)
Medium: Monotype
Size: 50 x 65 cm
Price: R 7 550 (excl.VAT)

Title: Grammodora (with a kink)
Medium: Monotype
Size: 65 x 50 cm
Price: R 7 550 (excl.VAT)

Title: Gynanisa (After the storm)
Medium: Monotype
Size: 50 x 65 cm
Price: R 7 550 (excl.VAT)

Title: Pselaphelia and the M.E.C
Medium: Monotype
Size: 65 x 50 cm
Price: R 7 550 (excl.VAT)

Earlier monotypes

Title: Doc's Meat II
Medium: Monotype
Size: 65 x 50 cm
Price: R 7 550 (excl.VAT)

Title: Doc's Mistress II
Medium: Monotype
Size: 65 x 50 cm
Price: R 7 550 (excl.VAT)

Title: Empty Thoughts I
Medium: Monotype
Size: 65 x 50 cm
Price: R 7 550 (excl.VAT)

Title: The Glutton I
Medium: Monotype
Size: 65 x 50 cm
Price: SOLD

Title: The Glutton II
Medium: Monotype
Size: 65 x 50 cm
Price: R 7 550 (excl.VAT)

Title: The Prospect II
Medium: Monotype
Size: 76 x 57 cm
Price: R 9 150 (excl.VAT)

Title: Mohlolo Waka II (My Suprise)
Medium: Monotype
Size: 76 x 57 cm
Price: R 9 150 (excl.VAT)

Title: Mazinyo II
Medium: Monotype
Size: 65 x 50 cm
Price: R 7 550 (excl.VAT)


Title: Hlogo tharo I
Medium: Monotype
Size: 65 x 50 cm
Price: R 7 550 (excl.VAT)


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