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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Artists M - X

Colbert Mashile Lithographs

Colbert Mashile Lino Cut Prints

Colbert Mashile Talks About Making Monotypes (video)

Colbert Mashile Talks About His Work (video)

Colbert Mashile Archive

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Jozi Boys

Head and shoulders of a man with mouth open facing the viewer with miners hat on.

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


Man wearing miners hat and spotted jersey facing forward and shouting.

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


A bald man with a soft coloured floral shirt looking directly out of the frame.

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


Smiling young man in bucket hat looking directly at the viewer.

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


Man in an orange hoodie looking to the left of the frame, facing forward.

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


Head and shoulders of a man in red hoodie looking directly at the viewer

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


Man in a red hoodie with a brown background looking towards the viewer.

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


Profile of a young man in a trilby hat wearing a collared shirt.

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


Head and shoulders portrait of a man wearing a patterned shirt facing forward.

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


Portrait of a man with a shaved head looking towards viewer

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


Monochrome profile of a young man with a reddish-brown hat on.

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


Head and shoulders portrait of a shouting man wearing a mining helmet.

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


Portrait of a miner with his eyes closed and mouth open

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


Shelves holding kitchen vessels and human skull on a cake stand.

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


Two kitchen shelves holding cups, jar bottle and on bottom shelf cake stand with human skull

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


 Baboons

Baboon head and shoulders with shadow. The baboon is wearing a colourful disc earring.

Title: The First Witness II
Medium: Monotype
Size: 105 x 75 cm
Date: 2016
Price: R 14 445 (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.

A procession of caterpillars on a patterned wall with a mountain in the background.

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

A group of strongly coloured caterpillars on a wall with sunset mountain.

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

A large caterpillar moving into the image frame with a vast landscape behind it.

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

Three brightly coloured caterpillars on a white stick with a cloudy landscape background

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

A man's face and a huge caterpillar facing each other in intense reds and orange colours.

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

Earlier monotypes

Human head and shoulders form with abstracted facial features set in a landscape with text

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

Woman's head and shoulders, she is wearing a wig and earrings. Text in yellow strip on the right-hand side.

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

Human head and shoulders with simplified features with hat and box construction on head.

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

An obese human figure in a striped jacket with funnel head sucking in creature to mouth.

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

Format split into two sections. On left man wearing a woolly hat on right sheep in landscape with tree on skyline.

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

Bovine form with chickens on its back and a human figure below it set in a mountainous landscape

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

Two stylised human heads and shoulders facing each other with clouds above their heads.

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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  • Andre Naudé

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