Wiseman Ndlovu

Wiseman was born in 1983 and grew up in Lidgetton in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. He attended the Jabula Combined School where he achieved his Matric in 2002.

Art was the dream he followed and he first attended courses at the Caversham Press, across the river from Ardmore’s Caversham studio. Within a few years he had sold a number of prints and watercolour paintings.

In 2005, Wiseman met one of Ardmore’s artists, Rosemary Sithole, who showed his portfolio to Fée Halsted. It was the break he had been looking for. With his beautiful artistic talent and his attention to detail, Wiseman achieved his ambition of becoming one of Ardmore’s leading artists two years later.

In 2007, he was Ardmore’s top-selling artist at the Christie’s London auction and at the ‘Great Cats of the World’ exhibition at Charles Greig in Hyde Park, Johannesburg.

His heron urn was prepared as the centre-piece for the Ardmore Groote Schuur exhibition in Cape Town in February 2008. It was a triumph of sophisticated natural realism.

Wiseman also has a beautiful singing voice and heads the Jabula Home Boys’ Choir.

He is not married but has a young son. His father is an auto-electrician in Pietermaritzburg and, not surprisingly, another one of Wiseman’s ambitions was to own a car. Soon after the Johannesburg exhibition he was able to realise this dream.

In 2012, Wiseman left Ardmore and took up a new position in art eductaion. He continued to visit the Ardmore family in his off time and to paint work from home.

Wiseman’s love of painting is always reflected in every work that he returns to the Ardmore studio for the final glazing firing. His painting is of exceptional quality and he guarantees sculptors a triple card of excellence!

In 2015, Wiseman assisted with the first Winter School Programme at Ardmore, teaching 22 new recruits alongside Fée Halsted. He has subsequently returned to Ardmore as a full-time painter and helps Fée with quality control and painters’ critiques.

In the latter half of 2015, Wiseman painted exceptional works for the ‘Kalahari Cats’ exhibition at Cellars-Hohenort in 2016. His Badger and Honeyguide bowl was awarded a 30 year masterwork certificate.

Exhibitions

2012


International Ceramic ShowUnited States

‘Ardmore Aviary’Cape Town

Les Ceramiques Zouloues ArdmoreFrance

‘Endangered Animals’ exhibitionLondon

An African CollectionAustralia

Naada Faire Antiques and CollectablesJohannesburg

Fabric and book launch: Ardmore, We Are Because of OthersHermanus

Fabric and book launch: Ardmore, We Are Because of OthersCape Town

‘Grand Carnival’, fabric and book launch: Ardmore, We Are Because of OthersJohannesburg

ArdmoreLuxembourg

ArdmoreMauritius

ArdmoreBeaune

ArdmoreGeneva

AustraliaLondon

A Celebration of Zulu Life and ArtistryUnited States

ArdmoreAustralia

2013


Florida Ceramic Art ShowUnited States

Gerisch Foundation Sculpture ParkGermany

2014


‘Birds of Africa’Johannesburg

Ardmore migrates to KenyaKenya

2015


WMODA, Pascoe & Co.United States

'Animal Botanical'Cape Town

'Animal Botanical'London

'Parrots and Pomegranates'Johannesburg

Isabelle Turquin GalleryFrance

2016


‘Kalahari Cats’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

‘The Great Zambez'Patrick Mavros, London

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

2017


'The Great Zambezi'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town