SPEELMAN MAKWA MAHLANGU ( 1958 - 2004 ) 
 

 ' Mahlanguís imagery is uniquely African. He has long been interested in South Africanís homecoming to the African continent and consequently one finds oneself drawn into his timeless realm of Southern Africa icons of traditional life. Ancient mythology and African folklore help to create a communication rather than confrontation. The real African heritage is depicted in his work through the use of symbols and patterns from the Ndebele murals and Egyptian hieroglyphics. The theme varies from an exploration of spiritual, mythical ideas of a world to come. In his paintings as well as in the collages traditional African rituals, pots, human figures, calabashes and drums emerge from semi abstract shapes and take form on either paper or canvas.' 

 Born in Germiston, Gauteng in 1958,  died 2004.

Studies :
1977 - 1980 - Kathlehong Art Centre, where he concentrated on sculpture and drawing.
 
Exhibitions:
2007 Sculpture, 34LONG, Cape Town
2003 Solo Exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town
  Bronze Age Gallery, Simonstown
2002 Solo Exhibition, Open Window Gallery, Pretoria 
2000 Solo Exhibition,  Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town 
Solo Exhibition, Visual Arts Gallery, Mellville 
1997 Ndebele Images, National Arts Club, New York 
  Images of Freedom, Toronto, Canada 
1996 Vancouver, Canada with Thomas Kgope 
1995 Johannesburg International Airport Commission
1994 Solo Exhibition, Botswana National Museum in Gaborone
  Solo Exhibition, Natalie Night Gallery, Johannesburg 
1991 Solo Exhibition, South African Association of Arts, Pretoria 
  Natalie Knight Gallery, Johannesburg
  Sanderling Gallery, Johannesburg
  Oglethorpe Gallery USA.
  Knight International Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1985 BMW " Tributaries " Exhibition, South Africa and West Germany 
1983 Solo Exhibition, Fuba Johannesburg 
1977 First solo Exhibition, Johannesburg 

Speelman has participated in numerous group exhibitions throughout South Africa from 1977, generally exhibiting with other members of the Kathlehong Art Centre.
 
Represented:
Various private collections in South Africa and abroad
Johannesburg International Airport, Mural 3m x 1.5m
The Frankfurt Museum of Ethnology
University of South Africa
BMW Art Collection
SASOL Art Collection
University of the Witwatersrand
South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Pretoria Art Museum
Price Waterhouse Coopers Pretoria
South African Embassy, Germany
 
Awards:
1980 New Signature Award in Pretoria 
1984 First prize for sculpture at an exhibition at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal 

 
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