Richard Mudariki is one of South Africa’s rising stars in the contemporary art world. This retrospective exhibition draws from private and corporate collections, presenting a unique opportunity to assess the development of Mudariki’s practice over time and to view new paintings produced exclusively for this exhibition.
Representative of a growing impetus towards figuration and social comment in South African painting his works have been collected in South Africa and are slowly attracting attention in the United States of America (USA), the United Kingdom (UK) and Europe.
On the subject of his art, critic and art historian Lloyd Pollack elaborates, “Mudariki’s art is issue-driven: it addresses the violation of animal and human rights, corporate greed, gender stereotyping, censorship and sexual violence. The mise-en-scene proves so visually arresting that any specific political message becomes subsumed in a spectacular breughelesque pageant of infamy and transgression.”
Mudariki takes on the issues we are confronted with on a daily basis in the media and presents these reinterpretations in beautifully crafted narrative paintings which despite their sometimes grim contents provide one with the opportunity to ponder yet delight in his ability to render this subject matter in an aesthetically engaging style and approach.
On Saturday 30 September 2017 at 11:00 Richard Mudariki and Stefan Hundt will be conducting a walkabout. of the exhibition. This will also be taking place at Sanlam Art Gallery. Members of the South African National Gallery (SANG) will pay R100, non-members will pay R120 and students will pay R50. Refreshments will be provided.
The Sanlam Art Collection will be presenting selected works by Richard Mudariki entitled Mutara Wenguva (Time Line). The intention of the exhibition is to present a broad overview of Mudariki’s career from his early beginnings in Zimbabwe to his present situation in Cape Town. The exhibition takes place at the Sanlam Art Lounge, at 11 Alice Lane, Sandton, Johannesburg from the 25 July – 10 September. The exhibition will then move to the Sanlam Art Gallery at the Sanlam Head Office at 2 Strand Road in Bellville, Cape Town from 19 September – 29 October 2017.
The Sanlam Art Collection is presenting selected works by Richard Mudariki in Mutara Wenguva (Time Line). The objective of the exhibition is to present a broad overview of Mudariki’s career from his early beginnings in Zimbabwe to the present in Cape Town. The exhibition takes place at the Sanlam Art Lounge , at 11 Alice Lane, Sandton Johannesburg from 25 July – 10 September and then at the Sanlam Art Gallery at the Sanlam Head Office, in Bellville Cape Town from 19 September – 29 October 2017.
Barnard Gallery is pleased to announce the addition of Richard Mudariki to its stable of artists.
Often drawing on classic compositions from the Old Masters of European art history, Richard Mudariki reinterprets these iconic scenes with his own cast of human and animal characters, constructing a mise-en-scene which resituates the drama within a contemporary, Southern African social context. Mudariki tackles a wide range of political and social debates with an arresting and unique visual language characterized by bright colours, irrational spaces and perspectives, theatrical compositions and allegorical use of symbolism. Often appealing to the viewer’s sense of humour, Mudariki’s theatricality nevertheless maintains a restless, foreboding energy in its engagement with the duplicity and deception, which characterizes so much of contemporary politics. In Mudariki’s quotations of iconic moments in European art, the artist also questions notions of canonicity and accepted narratives of art history, considering his position – and the position of African artists more generally – within it.
Richard Mudariki (b.1985, Zimbabwe) is a full time professional painter who lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. He studied under the mentorship of renowned painter Helen Lieros and Greg Shaw at Gallery Delta in Harare. Known for his original modernist paintings full of social commentary on various issues in Africa, he has held four solo exhibitions to date and his work has been selected for inclusion on major exhibitions at significant venues in Johannesburg, Cape Town, London, Paris and New York.