Sam Nhlengethwa Township Lithographs

In this series of fifteen prints, Sam Nhlengethwa has turned his focus onto the townships of South Africa. Township life has been an important source of inspiration for Black South African artists since the early 1920s. Sam Nhlengethwa traveled around the country observing life in both small and large townships. What he has discovered is that as much as things change they still remain the same. People continue to live in their communities and spend their days getting on with very ordinary tasks such as washing clothes, visiting the hair salon and gossiping. These are the scenes that Sam Nhlengethwa has focused on and chosen to record, thus capturing a contemporary yet timeless sense of life in South Africa's townships.

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Multicolour scene of men washing cars on a crowded South African township street

Title: Car Wash
Medium: Eleven colour chine collé lithograph
Paper size: 37 x 46 cm
Image size: 23.5 x 33 cm
Edition size: 50
Price: R 8 000 (excl.VAT)

Lithograph of a postman delivering post on his bicycle in a South African township

Title: Postman
Medium: Ten colour chine collé lithograph
Paper size: 37 x 46 cm
Image size: 23.5 x 33 cm
Edition size: 50
Price: R 8 000 (excl.VAT)

Woman with purple umbrella walking past South African township homes

Title: Sunday
Medium: Ten colour chine collé lithograph
Paper size: 37 x 46 cm
Image size: 23.5 x 33 cm
Edition size: 50
Price: R 8 000 (excl.VAT)

Retro South African township street scene with man seated outside entrance to a home-based hair salon

Title: Hair Salon
Medium: Eight colour chine collé lithograph
Paper size: 37 x 46 cm
Image size: 23.5 x 33 cm
Edition size: 50
Price: R 8 000 (excl.VAT)

Two elderly women in the foreground talking with South African township scene behind them

Title: Gossipers
Medium: Twelve colour chine collé lithograph
Paper size: 37 x 46 cm
Image size: 23.5 x 33 cm
Edition size: 50
Price: R 8 000 (excl.VAT)

Monochrome lithograph of a woman with trolley fetching water in a South African township

Title: Fetching Water
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Paper size: 37 x 46 cm
Image size: 23.5 x 33 cm
Edition size: 30
Price: R 5 450 (excl.VAT)

Monochrome lithograph print of tightly clustered South African township homes

Title: Cold Day at Manyatseng
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Paper size: 37 x 46 cm
Image size: 23.5 x 33 cm
Edition size: 30
Price: R 5 450 (excl.VAT)

Lithograph of two people standing against a wall with signage and township buildings behind them

Title: Dr Morare's Surgery
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Paper size: 37 x 46 cm
Image size: 23.5 x 33 cm
Edition size: 30
Price: R 5 450 (excl.VAT)

Monochromatic litho of a home garage based public phone service in a South African township

Title: Public Phones
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Paper size: 37 x 46 cm
Image size: 23.5 x 33 cm
Edition size: 30
Price: R 5 450 (excl.VAT)

Two women, one holding a baby chatting outside their homes in a South African township

Title: Sdudla (Big /Large)
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Paper size: 37 x 46 cm
Image size: 23.5 x 33 cm
Edition size: 30
Price: R 5 450 (excl.VAT)

Friend, two children, and then two men in conversation in South African township yard.

Title: Friends
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Paper size: 37 x 46 cm
Image size: 23.5 x 33 cm
Edition size: 30
Price: R 5 450 (excl.VAT)

Monochromatic print of South African township scene with a wheelless car and woman carrying water

Title: Skorokoro (Scrap car)
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Paper size: 37 x 46 cm
Image size: 23.5 x 33 cm
Edition size: 30
Price: R 5 450 (excl.VAT)

Litho of a smartly dressed couple walking to church through township streets

Title: Going to Church
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Paper size: 37 x 46 cm
Image size: 23.5 x 33 cm
Edition size: 30
Price: R 5 450 (excl.VAT)

View of South African township road with vehicles and people on it and buildings to the left

Title: Vegetable Bakkie
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Paper size: 37 x 46 cm
Image size: 23.5 x 33 cm
Edition size: 30
Price: R 5 450 (excl.VAT)

Print of a South African township scene with woman, laundry line and buildings

Title: Washing Day
Medium: Single colour chine collé lithograph
Paper size: 37 x 46 cm
Image size: 23.5 x 33 cm
Edition size: 30
Price: R 5 450 (excl.VAT)

Take a look at more prints by Sam Nhlengethwa, grouped by series title

Joburg Selected

Waiting

Goats

The Beat of Drum

The Recyclers

Restaurant Series

Glimpses of the 50s and 60s prints

Jazz Prints

Conversations


Tribute Series

Mine Series

Sam Nhlengethwa Print Archive


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