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Gladys Msele

Gladys Msele was born on May 20, 1966, at Emadolobheni, in KwaZulu-Natal.

She did her education at Sizathina High School, where she got her standard nine, and left at the end of 1983. Gladys is single, and has four children.

She heard about Ardmore through Beatrice Nyembe and asked Fée Halsted to teach her to be a painter.

Gladys started with Ardmore in 1993 and has been part of the studio ever since, moving from the Drakensberg studio to Caversham in 2009.

At the ‘Berg studio she painted alongside Mavis Shabalala, Thembi Zikala and Ottilia Nxumalo. Since 2009, she has worked alongside Rosemary Mazibuko and Matrina Xaba.

Gladys’s painting is bold, direct, bright and beautifully executed and composed. Her works have a great appeal to collectors and she prefers to work on a white background which brings out the clarity of her designs.

In 2014 her blue Tanzanite series of animals winged their way to Miami for Pascoe & Co.’s WMODA show in Florida.


MeklenbergGroote Schuur, Cape Town


State President's Guest HouseBryntirion Estate, Pretoria

Catalyst GalleryJohannesburg


Ardmore ExhibitionSA Embassy Residence, Bonn, Germany

Ardmore ExhibitionMarl Concert Hall, Marl, Germany

Ardmore ExhibitionSiegen, Germany

Ardmore ExhibitionThyssen Forum, Dusseldorf, Germany

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg


Bordeaux St GalleryFranschhoek, Western Cape

Gallery on TyroneJohannesburg


ABSA BankJohannesburg


International Ceramic Arts FestivalWales

Hospice ExhibitionJohannesburg

SA Embassy ExhibitionKuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Charles Greig JewellersHyde Park, Johannesburg


Christie’s ExhibitionLondon


Christie’s AuctionLondon

City Arts CouncilEdinburgh, Scotland

‘Men of Ardmore’Gallery on the Square, Johannesburg


Private ExhibitionHigh Commissioner, Highveld, London

Charles GreigHyde Park, Johannesburg


Christie’s AuctionLondon


Groote SchuurCape Town


Ardmore ExhibitionHigh Commissioner, Highveld, London


‘African Travellers’Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg


‘Ardmore Aviary’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg


‘Endangered Animals’Patrick Mavros, London

NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg

Fabric and book launch: 'Ardmore, We Are Because of Others'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

Fabric and book launch: 'Ardmore, We Are Because of Others'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

‘Safari Week’Patrick Mavros, London


Pascoe & Co.Florida, United States

‘Monkeys and Magnolias’Patrick Mavros, London

Gallery Isabelle TurquinParis, France

Journee des CeramiquesSt Sulpice, Paris, France

Hermanus Fyn ArtsHermanus, Western Cape

'Animal Stories'Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada

‘Just So Crocodiles and Other Curiosities’Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

‘Safari Week’Patrick Mavros, London

Patrick MavrosHarare, Zimbabwe


Ed PascoeMiami, Florida, United States

‘Great Herds of Africa’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

‘Great Herds of Africa’Patrick Mavros, London

‘Inspired by the Ocean’Fyn Arts, Hermanus, Western Cape

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

‘Great Herds’Patrick Mavros, Nairobi, Kenya

‘Birds of Africa’Patrick Mavros, Harare, Zimbabwe


WMODAPascoe & Co., Florida, United States

‘Animal Botanical’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town


‘Kalahari Cats’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

‘The Great Zambezi’Patrick Mavros, London

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


'The Great Zambezi'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

'Savuti Dance' Patrick Mavros, London

'o'kavango'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg


Cellars-HohenortCape Town

KingdomsCharles Greig