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Nkosinathi Mabaso

Nkosinathi Mabaso was born in 1979 in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and after leaving school took a job as a gardener where met Alson Zuma.

His new friend had been taught to carve wood panels and had been given clay by David Fox of Fort Nottingham.

Nkosinathi tried his hand at modelling but the two artists had no kiln and their sundried creations were fragile and broke easily.

Nonetheless, David Fox was impressed with Nkosinathi, and asked Fèe Halsted to evaluate his work. Fèe immediately recognised the potential of this young man but he was reluctant to give up his independence.

In 2002 Nkosonathi was commissioned by John Bates to work on a body of ceramics for an exhibition of Nguni cattle.

John asked Fèe if she would provide the supervision, materials and kilns to enable him to complete the project.

He blossomed under the Ardmore support system, discovering that with Fèe there was much he could learn, while being able to enjoy freedom from financial pressure.

Nkosinathi has a wonderful ability to observe details in nature and is maturing into a fine sculptor.

His work was first exhibited by Christie’s, London in 2003. A year later many of his sculptures were again exhibited and auctioned by Christie’s.

In 2011, Nkosinathi left Caversham to get married and be with his family. He returned in 2016 to sculpt at Ardmore.

Exhibitions

2002


Charles GreigHyde Park, Johannesburg

2003


Christie’s ExhibitionLondon

FancourtSouth Africa

2004


Christie’s AuctionLondon

City Arts CouncilEdinburgh, Scotland

‘Men of Ardmore’Gallery on the Square, Johannesburg

2005


Private ExhibitionHigh Commissioner, Highveld, London

2006


Amaridian GalleryNew York

Private ExhibitionHigh Commissioner, Highveld, London

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg

2007


Christie’s AuctionLondon

2008


Ardmore PositivePietermaritzburg

Amaridian GalleryNew York

‘Wonderful World of Ardmore’Groote Schuur, Cape Town

2009


South Africa HouseLondon

2010


Pascoe & Co.Florida, United States

Anagama GalleryVersailles, France

Southern GuildJohannesburg

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

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

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