Goodness Mpinga

Goodness was born in 1976 in Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal and lived on a farm neighbouring Ardmore during her school years.

She is a petite, shy and lovely woman with the features of an ancient Egyptian queen.

She was introduced to Ardmore by her friend Phumele Nene, who encouraged her to paint and in 1992 persuaded her to follow her to Ardmore. Her painting style is distinctive and similar in many respects to naïve American folk art.

Her pieces are densely patterned with pinks and greens, overlaid with an intense black line. Her creatures and plants are highly stylised and remind us of a fantasy world from another planet.

It speaks volumes for her work that since Goodness joined the Ardmore team in 1992, the ceramics she has painted have been included in all major exhibitions of Ardmore in South Africa and internationally.

Exhibitions

1992


Volkskas ExhibitionDurban

The Natal RouteJohannesburg

1995


The Spirit of our StoriesGrahamstown

1992-1996


Gallery on TyroneJohannesburg

1994


Natal Society of Arts exhibitionDurban

1996


Meklenberg Groote SchuurCape Town

1997


State President's Guest HousePretoria

1998


Exhibition SA Embassy ResidenceGermany

Marl Concert HallGermany

Germany Exhibition SiegenGermany

Thyssen Forum DusseldorfGermany

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg

1999


Bordeaux St GalleryFranschhoek, Western Cape

Gallery on TyroneJohannesburg

2000


ABSA BankJohannesburg

2001


International Ceramic Arts FestivalWales

Hospice ExhibitionJohannesburg

SA Embassy ExhibitionMalaysia

2002


Charles Greig JewellersHyde Park, Johannesburg

2003


Christie’s exhibitionLondon

2004


Christie’s auctionLondon

City Arts CouncilEdinburgh

‘Men of Ardmore’Johannesburg

2005


Private exhibitionLondon

Christopher GreigHyde Park, Johannesburg

2006


Amaridian GalleryNew York, United States

Private exhibitionLondon

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg

2007


Christie’s auctionLondon

‘Cats of the World’Johannesburg

2008


Amaridian GalleryNew York, United States

‘Wonderful World of Ardmore’Cape Town

2009


South Africa House,London

2010


Anagama GalleryUnited States

SOFA (Sculpture Objects & Functional Art)Chicago, United States

‘Travellers of Africa’Johannesburg

2011


‘Ivory and Ebony’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

‘Clay: The Art of Earth & Fire’United States

Hallwyl MuseumSweden

NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg

Eboka Spring CollectionPretoria

2012


International Ceramic ShowUnited States

Cellars-HohenortCape Town

Les Ceramiques Zouloues Ardmore,Paris, France

Endangered Animals ExhibitionLondon

An African CollectionAustralia

Naada FaireJohannesburg

Ardmore CarnivalCape Town

Ardmore CarnivalJohannesburg

ArdmoreLuxembourg

ArdmoreMauritius

ArdmoreFrance

ArdmoreGeneva

Patrick Mavros Christmas Safari WeekLondon

A celebration of Zulu Life and ArtistryUnited States

Ardmore AustraliaSydney

2013


Pascoe & Co.Florida, United States

‘Monkeys and Magnolias’Patrick Mavros, London

Isabelle Turquin GalleryParis, France

Journee des CeramiquesParis, France

Naada FaireJohannesburg

‘Animal Stories’Canada

‘Just So Crocodiles and Other Curiosities’Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

Creel and GowNew York, United States

'Safari Week'Patrick Mavros, London

Christmas show Patrick MavrosHarare, Zimbabwe

2014


Ed PascoeFlorida, United States

‘Great Herds of Africa’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

‘Great Herds of Africa’Patrick Mavros, London

‘Inspired by the Ocean'Hermanus, Western Cape

‘Birds of Africa’Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

‘Great Herds of Africa'Nairobi, Kenya

‘Birds of Africa’Harare, Zimbabwe

2015


WMODA, Pascoe & Co.Florida, United States

‘Animal Botanical’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

2016


‘Kalahari Cats’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

‘The Great Zambezi’Patrick Mavros, London

'Celebrating the Year of the Monkey'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

2017


'The Great Zambezi'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town