Michael Paul Sibisi at the Democratic Gallery, BAT Centre
'My Visions for 2002', an exhibition of washaway paintings on paper and canvas by Michael Paul
Sibisi, is having an extended run until February 5. Sibisi is a veteran artist who has been involved in the Durban art scene for a long time. Both a practising artist and teacher (he has taught art at various schools including uMzuvele High in KwaMashu for over 20 years), he joined the BAT Centre's artist-in-residence programme in April 2001. The pieces he produced during his residency broke new ground and presented Sibisi with new ways of working. Mainly utilising "washaway" - so called because the artist blocks the colours that he wants to remain in the paper with paper glue and eventually washes the glue away in order to reveal the inks or colours underneath - he works with the themes of daily life.
Believing that "personal visions are born out of meditation, seclusion, silence and just hard work", the artist has dedicated his exhibition to Menzi Mchunu, a young artist from Lamontville who disappeared in the early 1990s.
Until February 5
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