I spent a couple of months back in 2005, traipsing through South Africa and Swaziland, spending most of my time in the wild Transkei. I felt that this was the real South Africa I'd come to see. The Xhosa homelands, full of rich traditional life and music. In the morning's girls sing as they bake dark bread on the fire, warthogs nestle in close with their piglets to stay warm. Round turquoise mud huts with thatched roofs dot the landscape - no running water or electricity. At the market, women sit behind their stands sharing the latest gossip with a series of clicks, threading more bright beads into their latest creation or just fanning away the flies. In the middle of nowhere a group of naked boys gather with white washed skin and blankets draped over them like a capes. They are going through abaKwetha - a initiation into manhood. In the afternoons, children down at the beach play football in their undies as a herd of cows wander through their game. Abandoned bottle shops crumble here and there but personal wealth is still measured by the number of cows you own.
This artwork is of a woman called Patience who I met near Coffee Bay.
24 x 16" Paper - Edition Size: 50
36 x 24'' Canvas - Edition Size: 40
Each print is hand signed and numbered by me the artist.
Paper Prints are on 100 lb. archival stock certified by The Fine Art Guild, which has a high resistance to humidity, meaning it won't warp in a hurry.
Canvas Prints are made with 10oz, 100% cotton duck, acid free primed. Both Canvas and Paper prints are made using Canon light-fast inks meaning it won't fade either.
Canvas prints are then varnished with a UV protectant and stretched around a wooden frame for buyers in New Zealand and tubed for all other countries. For those outside NZ - most reputable framers should be able to make a custom wood frame, also stretching guide lines are printed on the canvas edges.
Remember paper prints that are framed will see it's lifetime double that of one left in it's tube under your bed.