Mpume Mchunu

Although Mpume was born at Balgowan, only 8km from Ardmore’s Caversham studio, she attended school in Durban where she matriculated in 1998 at the age of 19.

This bright young woman then did a number of courses, studying Public Resource Management at the Durban Technikon and Home Care at the Durban Community Health Centre.

In August 2006 Mpume met Zodwa Mazibuko, one of Ardmore’s leading painters. She encouraged Mpume to come to Ardmore and to learn from Fée Halsted.

Mpume enjoys the Ardmore community and collaborating with other painters. Most of all she admires the work of Wiseman Ndlovu, Punch Shabalala and Wonderboy Nxumalo.

She enjoys painting flowers and animals and is especially skilled at patterned white-work, which requires a sure sense of colour and design for its effect. She says: “Art is good for my mind and I enjoy watching a work grow.”

In 2013, Mpume began to lose her sight and she decided to stop painting, but she continues to work at the studio as a packing supervisor.



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