Selected Works

Waiting for the final announcement , 2018
Mixed media on canvas
Work: 80 x 90 cm
Waiting behind the stage, 2018
Mixed media on canvas
Work: 140 x 140 cm
Opening Night: Jazz (Diptych), 2008
Collage, Oil And Acrylic On Canvas
180 x 159.5 cm
Solo Pianist, 1999
Oil And Collage On Canvas
80 x 70cm
Nightshift, 2012
Oil on Canvas
180x240cm
Tribute to Henri Texier, 2012
Acrylic and collage on canvas
Work: 150 x 200 x 10 cm
Marikana March I, 2013
Oil on steel
105 x 123 cm
Tribute to Ephraim Ngatane, 2014
Collage, acrylic and oil on canvas
Work: 180 x 240 x 10 cm
Stand Accused , 2003
Collage on paper
44 x 70cm
Near the Station (Drum) , 2016
Woven mohair tapestry
210 x 175 cm
Rushing, 2016
Painted bronze
Work: 160 x 100 x 45 cm
Leaders: Stephen Bantu Biko , 2016
Mixed media on paper
69 x 99cm
Shebeen Queen (Madi Curves), 2016
Oil and collage on canvas
120 x 160cm
Tacet, 2002
Seven colour lithograph
Image: 65 x 95 cm Work: 75.5 x 106 cm
Ode to Miriam Makeba, 2016
Lithograph
Paper size: 522 x 403 mm Image size: 380 x 280 mm
Forced Removal, 2016
Lithograph
Paper size: 522 x 403 mm Image size: 380 x 280 mm
Diva on Stage, 2009
Oil paint and Collage on canvas
185 x 240 cm

Biography

Born in Springs, South Africa in 1955. Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.Nhlengethwa was born into a family of jazz lovers; his two brothers both collected jazz music and his deceased eldest brother was a jazz musician. “Painting jazz pieces is an avenue or outlet for expressing my love for the music,” he once said in an interview. "As I paint, I listen to jazz and visualise the performance. Jazz performers improvise within the conventions of their chosen styles. In an ensemble, for example, there are vocal styles that include freedom of vocal colour, call-and-response patterns and rhythmic complexities played by different members. Painting jazz allows me to literally put colour onto these vocal colours.

“Jazz is rhythmic and it emphasises interpretation rather than composition. There are deliberate tonal distortions that contribute to its uniqueness. My jazz collages, with their distorted patterns, attempt to communicate all of this. As a collagist and painter, fortunately, the technique allows me this freedom of expression… What I am doing is not new though, as there are other artists before me who painted jazz pieces. For example, Gerard Sekoto, Romare Bearden and Henri Matisse.”