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‘Painting is an uninhabited space of not being - yet being. A contradictory and ironical motive: for the action of painting becomes an act of nothingness. Unbundled by the known. Active meditation and contemplation, not to defy or define - just being. Moving to a thoughtless moment of listening (to oneself), till one exhausts words.’ Clifford Charles was a guest at the Thami Mnyele Foundation in 1993. Since then he has maintained close ties with the Netherlands. In 2007 Clifford Charles was a guest at the studio to prepare new projects and intensify his network in Europe, The Netherlands. In the 90’s, Clifford Charles made a series of oil paintings depicting human figures as bloody, aggressive beings brandishing whips and sometimes wearing gas masks. The monochrome background, which is usually white or yellow, serves to draw more attention to the figures. The paintings were titled ‘Metamorfoses’. Presently his artistic practise is focused on expressions of contemplation. Working within the foundation of contemporary paintings and drawings, Charles challenges the notions of reception and the appreciation of art.

Clifford Charles
South Africa
Jody Brand
Ziyanda Majozi
Emmanuel Iduma
Simangaliso Sibiya
Razia Barsatie
Jabu Arnell
Tiisetso Molobi
Lazi Mathebula
Pamela Clarkson
Atta Kwami
Mongezi Ncaphayi
Em'kal Eyongakpa
Atef Berredjem
Rehema Chachage
Mohamed Ahmed Abdel Rasoul
Moshekwa Langa
Bernard Akoi-Jackson
Helen Zeru Araya
Admire Kamudzengerere
Zanele Muholi
Lara Bourdin
Awaad Issa
Ashraf Moneim
Louis Boshoff
Krishna Luchoomun
Ruan Hoffmann
Sultana Haukim
Adriaan de Villiers
Michele Tabor
Koyo Kouoh
Viktor Ekpuk
Santu Mofokeng
Mihret Kebede
Nisren Abasher Ahmed
Hasan and Husain Essop
Leo Lefort
Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi
Akintunde Akinleye
Akirash
Ruan Hoffmann
Michael Tsegaye
Adriaan de Villiers
Zanele Muholi
Hadia Gana
James Iroha Uchechukwu
Mahmoud Khaled
Sarah Erzfinke
Batoul Shimi
Thierry Mandon
Gabriel Kemzo Malou
Ngone Fall
Odili Donald Odita
Dineo Seshee Bopape
Victor Ekpuk
Doreen Southwood
Clifford Charles
Assefa Gebrekidan
Guy Wouete
Thulani Shongwe
Nicholas Hlobo
Doreen Southwood
Odili Donald Odita
Rehab El Sadek
Papisto Boy
John Murray
Isaac Carlos
Rose Kirumira
Dominique Zinkpè
Senzeni Marasela
Tarek Zaki
Kheto Lualuali
Meshac Gaba
Rafs Mayet
Henk Rossouw
Nawaal Deane
Darryl Accone
Louis Mhlanga
Krishna Luchoomun
Moss Mogale
Samson Kambalu
Abrie Fourie
Dominique Fontaine
Ilse Pahl
Saliou Traore
Alassane Drabo
Harry Mutasa
Moshekwa Langa
Jeremy Wafer
Artists 1992-1998 >>