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Nathaniel Mokgosi

Born in: 1946

South Africa

Biography
The township of Newclare near Johannesburg was the birthplace of boycotts, civil turbulence and resistance artists like Vincent Baloyi, Lucas Seage, Fikile Magadledla and – our featured artist, Nathaniel Mokgosi (b. 1946). After completing high school, Mokgosi played guitar (with legendary skill!) for ‘Ricky and the Diamonds’ – but decided the following year, to enroll at the Johannesburg’s Jubilee Art Centre where he studied under Bill Hart and Ezrom Legae, whose powerful animist iconography was adopted and reinterpreted by Mokgosi when he fused the animism Biblical themes, Greek mythology and African legends. As with Julian Motau, Judith Mason‘s stylistic method of cross-hatching and strong lyricism of line is also visible in Nathaniel Mokgosi’s hand across paper. On the other hand, it was Bill Hart who imparted to Mokgosi just how powerfully expressive colour can be – whether in its infinite potential to create endless colour nuances, or the passionate play between light and dark contrasts. As a proudly South African global citizen, Nathaniel Mokgosi has lived, worked and exhibited in both South Africa and abroad, but now resides permanently in Soweto, continuing to practice as a fine artist.
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Nathaniel Mokgosi, Man and his friend , Drawing

Nathaniel Mokgosi

Man and his friend , 2015
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Drawing

$1,186

Nathaniel Mokgosi, Playing the dice, Drawing

Nathaniel Mokgosi

Playing the dice, 2015
18.9 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Drawing

$656

Nathaniel Mokgosi, Riding the beast , Drawing

Nathaniel Mokgosi

Riding the beast , 2015
27.6 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch
Drawing

$1,186

Nathaniel Mokgosi, Mythological Rider, Drawing

Nathaniel Mokgosi

Mythological Rider, 2015
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Drawing

$1,186

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