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Alex Shabalala

Alex has always been interested in working with his hands and as a child made toys out of waste materials that he collected.

From Grade 7, he taught art at the Sbonokuhle Primary School and then at Mpophomeni High School, near Howick. He also attended art workshops at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

He subsequently worked on linocuts at the Caversham CreACTive Centre, where he met and worked with the talented artist, Gabisile Nkosi, and the centre’s founder, Malcolm Christian.

In October 2008 he joined Ardmore Caversham, where he strove to translate print-making techniques into his clay painting and developed a unique graphic style.

He often spoke of wanting to refine his skills, painting portraits and teaching art to children at his own school.

In 2010, Alex was singled out to work extensively on designing a limited edition range of dinnerware as part of Ardmore’s new venture, the Ardmore Design Collection, sponsored by the Sharegrowth Challenge Grant.

The same year his design of African wildlife and flora was selected for the commemorative Relais & Chateau Plate.

Fée Halsted said: “This young artist has a great future ahead of him.”

Alex said: “Since I have been painting, things are getting better. Finally I have something to provide for my family and my dream has come true. I am looking forward to the future when my work is selling internationally so that I am a famous artist.”

In August 2010 Alex left Ardmore Ceramic Art and returned to the Caversham Press printing studio.



Black and White Painted PlatesWilliam Humphreys, Kimberely, South Africa


Ardmore ExhibitionSouth Africa House, London

Ardmore ExhibitionWilliam Humphreys, Kimberely, South Africa

Travellers of AfricaCharles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg