Despite being born in Mozambique, Isaac Sithole is generally considered a South African artist, having spent the majority of his working life in KZN. Very sadly Isaac passed away after a short illness in 2012, at the age of 38.
This coming week sees the opening of a retrospective show of Isaac’s work at the KZNSA gallery, which has partnered with the BAT Centre to celebrate the legacy of one of the province’s most prolific artists. Isaac was very much a part of the BAT Centre which he joined shortly after arriving in Durban in 1990. As a member of the BAT Centre residency programme Isaac used the centre as his studio, where he worked as a professional, fulltime woodcarver. His work, which is executed in rich, vibrant linocuts, explored both Mozambican and South African themes, covering topics as diverse as historical events in Mozambique and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Isaac Sithole: A Retrospective opens on Thursday 8th February at 5.30 pm and runs until Sunday 25th February 2018. Members of Isaac’s family will be in attendance at both venues, which will display pieces from Sithole’s family collection, as well as some of the original woodcut blocks that Isaac used to produce his wonderful prints.
Images courtesy of www.kznsagallery.co.za