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Goodness Mpinga

Goodness Mpinga 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 Route'Ferguson Fine Art, Johannesburg

1995


'The Spirit of our Stories' (print exhibition)Grahamstown

1992-1996


Gallery on TyroneJohannesburg

1994


Natal Society of Arts exhibitionDurban

1996


MeklenbergGroote Schuur, Cape Town

1997


State President's Guest HouseBryntirion Estate, Pretoria

1998


Ardmore ExhibitionSA Embassy Residence, Bonn, Germany

Ardmore ExhibitionMarl Concert Hall, Marl, Germany

Ardmore ExhibitionSiegen, Germany

Ardmore ExhibitionThyssen Forum, Dusseldorf, Germany

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg

1999


Bordeaux St GalleryFranschhoek, Western Cape

Gallery on TyroneJohannesburg

2000


ABSA BankJohannesburg

2001


International Ceramic Arts FestivalWales

Hospice ExhibitionJohannesburg

SA Embassy ExhibitionKuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2002


Charles Greig JewellersHyde Park, Johannesburg

2003


Christie’s ExhibitionLondon

2004


Christie’s AuctionLondon

City Arts CouncilEdinburgh, Scotland

‘Men of Ardmore’Johannesburg

2005


Private ExhibitionHigh Commissioner, Highveld, London

Christopher GreigHyde Park, Johannesburg

2006


Amaridian GalleryNew York, United States

Private ExhibitionHigh Commissioner, Highveld, London

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg

2007


Christie’s AuctionLondon

‘Cats of the World’Johannesburg

2008


Amaridian GalleryNew York, United States

‘Wonderful World of Ardmore’Groote Schuur, Cape Town

2009


Ardmore ExhibitionSouth Africa House, London

2010


Anagama GalleryVersailles, France

Pascoe & Co.Florida, United States

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

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

2011


‘Ivory and Ebony’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

‘Clay: The Art of Earth & Fire’Tremaine Gallery, Conneticut, United States

Hallwyl MuseumStockholm, Sweden

NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg

Eboka Spring CollectionPretoria

2012


International Ceramic ShowWest Palm Beach, Florida, United States

'Ardmore Aviary'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

Les Ceramiques Zouloues Ardmore,Paris, France

'Endangered Animals'Patrick Mavros, London

'An African Collection'The Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral, Australia

NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg

Fabric and book launch: 'Ardmore, We Are Because of Others'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

Fabric and book launch: 'Ardmore, We Are Because of Others'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

Ardmore in LuxembourgLuxembourg

Ardmore in MauritiusMauritius

Ardmore in FranceBeaune, France

Ardmore in SwitzerlandGeneva, Switzerland

Christmas Safari WeekPatrick Mavros, London

A Celebration of Zulu Life and ArtistrySt Louis, United States

Ardmore AustraliaSydney, Australia

2013


Pascoe & Co.Florida, United States

‘Monkeys and Magnolias’Patrick Mavros, London

Isabelle Turquin GalleryParis, France

Journee des CeramiquesParis, France

NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg

‘Animal Stories’Gardiner Museum, Canada

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

Creel and GowNew York, United States

'Safari Week'Patrick Mavros, London

Christmas ShowPatrick Mavros, Harare, 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'Patrick Mavros, Nairobi, Kenya

‘Birds of Africa’Patrick Mavros, Harare, Zimbabwe

2015


WMODAPascoe & 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

'Savuti Dance'Patrick Mavros, London

'o'kavango'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg