Forty Six Street Kliptown Township JHB

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Phaswane David Mogano

Medium:

Water Colour on Paper, 1976

Dimensions:

34cm x 51cm

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ABOUT DAVID MOGANO

Phaswane David Mogano was born in Pietersburg, Limpopo Province, South Africa. He received his schooling at the Mogano Primary and High Schools. During 1959 he received some informal art training at the Polly Street Art Centre under Cecil Skotnes and Sydney Kumalo.

Mogano lived in Johannesburg for many years. It was life in the townships and city that appealed most strongly to his imagination and for which he was renowned. He handled this subject matter with an acute sense of detail, with vivid graphic depictions of the physical and human environment. Social criticisms, social documentation, the integration of tradition and Western modes of dress and dwelling, with humour are injected into the paintings of life in townships from Pimsville (now destroyed) to Pietersburg, Alexandra, Kgomo City, Early Western Township and Lebowa.

His paintings are executed exclusively in watercolours, a technique that he mastered. The paintings indicate an ingenious drawing ability and an idiosyncratic presentation of scale and perspective.

A collection of his paintings was exhibited at the Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg in July and August 1999. The exhibition reflected the unique vision of an artist over a period of 25 years of painting. That exhibition was organized in conjunction with the Gallery on Tyrone.

He was a member of the Artists’ Market since 1964.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1999    RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION, STANDARD BANK GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1975    MADDEN GALLERIES, SANDTON, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1973    TRIAD GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1972    FOUNDATION FOR CREATIVE ART GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1988    ‘THE NEGLECTED TRADITION’, JOHANNESBURG ART GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1986    GALLERY 21, (CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART SELECTED WORKS FROM THE PELMAMA PERMANENT ART COLLECTION), JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1985    FUBA (CREATIVE WORKSHOP; A SELECTION OF WORKS BY DISTINGUISHED BLACK ARTISTS), JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1983    GALLERY 21 (WATERCOLOURS NOW AND THEN)

1982    NATIONAL MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY, GABORONE, BOTSWANA (ART TOWARD SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT – AN EXHIBITION OF SOUTH AFRICAN ART)

1975    GROUP 51 WINTER ART EXHIBITION

1972    TRIAD GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG (GROUP)

1972    GALLERY 21 (GROUP)

1972    GALLERY 101 (GROUP)

1971    GALLERY 101 (GROUP)

1970    GALLERY ELYSIA, JOHANNESBURG (AFRICA ART PROJECT – GROUP)

1970    GALLERY MICHELANGELO, JOHANNESBURG (GROUP)

COLLECTIONS

AFRICANA MUSEUM, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

COCA-COLA COMPANY, MEXICO

ISM PELMAMA PERMANENT COLLECTION

PUTCO, SIEMENS HOUSE, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

DE BEERS CENTENARY ART GALLERY, UNIVERSITY OF FORT HARE, SOUTH AFRICA