Beauty Ntshalintshali

Beauty Ntshalintshali was born in 1966 at Emaswazini in the shadows of the Drakensberg mountains.

She joined Ardmore in 1986 and soon formed a wonderfully creative team with her sister-in-law, the legendary Bonnie Ntshalintshali, who originally painted all of her work.

Beauty developed a considerable talent as a builder and sculptor, creating large handcoiled works harking back to traditional Zulu ukhamba beer pots.

Her work has been shown at exhibitions all over South Africa as well as in Dusseldorf, at the Oxo Gallery in London and at the South African Embassy’s Ardmore exhibition in Kuala Lumpur.

Her pieces were also sold at Christie’s in London in 2003 and 2004.

In 2009, with the closure of the Drakensberg studio and her failing eyesight, Beauty decided to retire in the mountain valley where she has lived all her life.

Some of her five children have joined Ardmore where they have found an outlet for their inherited creative talents.

Exhibitions

1990


Diminicus GalleryJohannesburg

1992


Volkskas exhibitionDurban

1992-1996


1992-1996Johannesburg

1994


Natal Society of Arts exhibitionDurban

1996


Meklenberg Groote SchuurCape Town

1997


State President's Guest HousePretoria

Catalyst GalleryJohannesburg

1998


Exhibitions at SA Embassy ResidenceGermany

Marl Concert HallGermany

Germany Exhibition SiegenGermany

Thyssen Forum DusseldorfGermany

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg

1999


Bordeaux St GalleryWestern Cape

Gallery on TyroneJohannesburg

2000


ABSA BankJohannesburg

2001


International Ceramic Arts FestivalWales

Hospice ExhibitionJohannesburg

SA Embassy ExhibitionMalaysia

2002


Charles Greig JewellersJohannesburg

2003


Christie’s exhibitionLondon

2004


Christie’s auctionLondon

City Arts CouncilEdinburgh

2005


Private exhibitionLondon

Christopher GreigHyde Park

2006


Amaridian GalleryNew York

Private exhibitionLondon

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg

2007


Christie’s auctionLondon

‘Cats of the World’Johannesburg

2008


Amaridian GalleryNew York

‘Wonderful World of Ardmore’Cape Town

2009


South Africa HouseLondon