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Young artists define their art

A group of young visual artists are planning to host an exhibition entitled ‘Definition of Art’ at Thapong Visual Arts Centre early next year.
By Mompati Tlhankane Fri 07 Oct 2016, 16:05 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Young artists define their art








The exhibition will be mainly targeted towards showcasing their talent and skills to the world. The organiser of the exhibition Frank ‘De Painter’ Monageng told Arts & Culture that as the country celebrates the golden jubilee they want to sell Botswana talent to the world.

He said at the moment over 10 artists will exhibit at the ‘Definition of Art’ exhibition, but they will bring in more female artists.

He said they could not take everyone, but they welcome any form of art be it painting or sculpture. Frank De Painter said after his ‘Beyond Imaginary Lane’ collection last year he decided to come up with a collection entitled ‘Definition Of Art’. He said the collection is what birthed the exhibition and he decided to bring in other artists to push the project together.

“This exhibition will define our talent and we will focus on our culture, nature and tourism,” he said.  Frank De Painter said Botswana is all about nature and culture therefore as artists they want to sell their destination to the whole world through art.  “We are also doing this for art lovers and collectors,” he said.

When he showcased the paintings that inspired the formation of the exhibition, Frank De Painter said that initially the name of the collection was ‘Definition of a Rare

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Talent’.

Frank De Painter’s paintings are unique in their own way and for someone who has seen his work before, one would easily differentiate his work from others by the way he plays around with colour.  For an artist who came up with a collection called the ‘Purple Print’ last year, Frank De Painter’s contemporary artworks have varying meaning.  One of his artworks entitled the ‘Hambukushu Lady’ shows a beautiful painting of a Hambukushu woman.

Painting a Hambukushu woman makes the artwork relevant because the Hambukushu in northern Botswana are well known for their more artistic ways in basketry and pottery among others.  The woman in the painting is shown wearing loincloths, headscarf and beaded neckpieces. 

Another painting from Frank De Painter’s collection is a portrait of the recently crowned 50th Miss Botswana queen, Thata Kenosi.  “I painted her because she is our 50th queen,” he said.  He also painted a portrait of an old man titled Masalela. “This painting is meant to show young people that they should learn from our elders because they are the ones remaining, who can tell us about our culture and history,” he said.

 He pleaded with companies to help in whatever way they can.

“We can’t do this alone, we need all the support we can get,” he said.

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