River Life on the Zambezi Dish

  • Masterwork no. 5

Sotho sculptor, Tebogo Ndlovu’s large hand coiled dish brings to life on its rim, a dramatically sculpted scene of a crocodile being taunted by a troop of vervet monkeys and a waterbuck bravely facing a scowling lioness who reals back at the waterbuck attack. This work has brought to life every day wildlife scenes on the Zambezi River and one can hear the noises, splashes and crunching underbrush.

The work is so skilfully rendered that it seemed wrong to paint the animals and destroy Tebogo’s sculptural brilliance, so Wiseman Ndlovu has minimilistically chosen a palette of greens. He has painted a crocodile rim pattern around the dish following its scalloped form as well as up the sides of the dish, creating an beautiful spacial illusion. He has also painted green palm fronds in the inner side of the bowl which has sophisticatedly added just what the bowl needed as well as touches of green to the leaves, rim, and to the little African Emerald Cuckoo that pops like a jewel out the leaves.

    • Teboho Ndlovu
    • Teboho Ndlovu
      - Sculptor

      Teboho was born on the 19th of December 1989 in Lesotho. He grew up in the Mokhotlong district and attended school at Sekonyela High. He is married with two children. After his mother died, he left school to find work in KwaZulu-Natal and soon heard about ... read more

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    • Wiseman Ndlovu
    • Wiseman Ndlovu
      - Painter

      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 ... read more

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