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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.



Charles GreigHyde Park, Johannesburg


Christie’s ExhibitionLondon

FancourtSouth Africa


Christie’s AuctionLondon

City Arts CouncilEdinburgh, Scotland

‘Men of Ardmore’Gallery on the Square, Johannesburg


Private ExhibitionHigh Commissioner, Highveld, London


Amaridian GalleryNew York

Private ExhibitionHigh Commissioner, Highveld, London

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg


Christie’s AuctionLondon


Ardmore PositivePietermaritzburg

Amaridian GalleryNew York

‘Wonderful World of Ardmore’Groote Schuur, Cape Town


South Africa HouseLondon


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


‘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