Thami Jali

b. 1955, Lamontville, Durban.
Thami Jali is a painter, ceramicist and printmaker. As an alumni of the Rorke’s Drift Art & Craft Centre, he helped to re-establish the ceramics studio for their 2004 re-opening. Jali’s subject matter is as broad as his skill set, engaging areas from political life, dreams and the surreal, to forms from nature. 


Education


1983 - 1984: Ceramics, Natal Technikon, KwaZulu-Natal.
1981 - 1982: Rorke's Drift Art & Craft Centre, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Solo Exhibitions (South Africa)


2014: Restless Spirt, Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
2007: Transformation, BAT Centre - Menzi Mchunu Gallery, Durban.
1998: Ungqofo Ulalele, BAT Centre - Menzi Mchunu Gallery, Durban.

Group Exhibitions (South Africa)


2014: Retroactive, KwaZulu-Natal Society of Art (KZNSA) Gallery, Durban.
2011: Three Parts More Harmony, Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
2011: Amandla, BAT Centre - Menzi Mchunu and Democratic Galleries, Durban.
2010: Amandla, Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
2009: A Known Heritage, Kizo Art Gallery, Umhlanga.
2004: InniBos Kunstefees, Nelspruit.
1995: Africus: Johannesburg Biennale ’95, Johannesburg
1995: 38 Essex Road, NSA Gallery, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
1994: National Arts Trust Exhibition, BAT Centre, Durban.
1992: Thupelo Workshop Exhibition, Federated Union of Black Artists (FUBA) Gallery, Johannesburg.
1991: Thupelo Workshop Exhibition, Federated Union of Black Artists (FUBA) Gallery, Johannesburg.
1990: Vulamehlo – Open Eye,  Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
1989: Five Friends, (Paul Sibisi, Mpolokeng Ramphomane, Sifiso kaMkame, Gordon Gabashane and Thami Jali), fka Natal Society of Art (NSA) Gallery, Durban.
1989: Objects of Utility, Federated Union of Black Artists (FUBA) Gallery, Johannesburg.
1988: Friends of Freedom, Federated Union of Black Artists (FUBA) Gallery, Johannesburg.
1980 - 1982: Festival of African Art, University of Zululand, Richards Bay.

Group Exhibitions (International)


1997: New Dehli Triennale, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Dehli.
1993: ART OMI, International Artists Workshop, New York.
1990: Art from South African Townships, Institute for Contemporary Arts, London.
1983: Art Communication, Indingilizi Gallery, Mbabane.

Workshops & Residencies


1997: Artist in Residence, Edgewood College, Wisconsin.
1990: Zabalaza Festival, Institute of Contemporary Art, London.

Awards


1982: First Prize - Sculpture, Festival of African Arts, University of Zululand, Richard's Bay.

Other


2017: Judge, PPC Imaginarium Awards, South Africa.
2004: Re-established the ceramics studio, Rorke's Drift Art & Craft Centre, Kwa-Zulu Natal.
2000: Ceramic tile project, Matsulu Art Centre, Mpumalanga. 
1991: Trustee, Community Mural Projects, Cultural Trust, Durban.
1987: Pottery and sculpture teacher, Mofolo Art Centre, Soweto.
1983 - 1984: Founder, Art Communications, Natal Technikon (now Durban University of Technology).

Public collections


Campbell Collection, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.
Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town.
Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.
The Constitutional Court, Johannesburg.
University of Zululand, Richard's Bay.

Sithembiso Sangweni, Thami Jali, artist on a mission, (ASAI, 2018).
Thami Jali, Recalling Community Mural Projects, (ASAI, 2018).
Jenny Stretton, Thami Jali: Restless Spirit, (ASAI, 2018; originally published in 2014 by Durban Art Gallery).
Jenny Stretton, Thami Jali talks to curator Jenny Stretton about his vision for the future, (ASAI, 2018; originally published in 2014 by Durban Art Gallery).
Bren Brophy, Terry-Anne Stevenson reflects on an artistic life shared with Thami Jali, (ASAI, 2018; originally published in 2014 by Durban Art Gallery).
Witty Nyide, Directions to find Thami Jali (ASAI, 2018; originally published in 2014 by Durban Art Gallery).

S’bonelo Luthuli

b. 1981, Durban.

S’bonelo Luthuli’s ceramic pots draw their content from religious, traditional and heritage practices and customs. The textured details, which are worked into the pots, are related to to the way “ancestors are recognized in ritualistic incisions and marks of identity in their body”.

Education


2011 - 2012: Durban University of Technology (2nd year reached), Durban, KwaZulu Natal.

Solo Exhibitions (South Africa)


2014 - 2016: Song of the Soil, Durban Art Gallery, Durban; University of Cape Town Irma Stern Gallery, Cape Town; 6 Spin Street Restaurant and Gallery, Cape Town; Constitution Hill Woman’s Jail, Johannesburg.

Group Exhibitions (South Africa)


2016: Beyond Binaries, International Convention Centre, Durban.
2014: Decorex Joburg, Gallagher Convention Centre Midrand, Johannesburg.
2014: Adelaide Tambo School Charity Auction, Strauss and Co. Summer Place, Johannesburg
2014: Decorex Durban, International Convention Centre, Durban.
2013: The Adelaide Collection Exhibition, Sandton Civic Gallery, Johannesburg.
2013: 15th Durban Business Fair, International Convention Centre, Durban.
2013: Ceramics Southern Africa Regional, KwaZulu Natal Society of Art (KZNSA), Durban.
2013: ThereAfter, Steve Biko Gallery - Durban University of Technology, Durban.
2012: Corobrik National Ceramics Exhibition, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria.
2012: Sasol New Signature Emerge, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria.
2012: Ceramics Southern Africa Regional, Art Space, Durban.
2011: Izikhwepha Zethu (Our Strength), Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
2010: Ceramics Southern Africa National, Grande Provence, Western Cape.
2005: First Touch, BAT Centre, Durban.

Group Exhibitions (International)


2012: C3°1012: EARTH REVELATIONS. A Conversation in Clay, Amaridian Gallery, New York.

Awards


2013: Highly Commended Certificate, Ceramics Southern Africa Regional Exhibition, KwaZulu Natal Society of Art (KZNSA), Durban.
2012: Merit Award winner, Ceramics Southern Africa Regional Exhibition, Art Space, Durban.
2010: Premier Award winner, Ceramics Southern Africa National Exhibition, The Grande Provence Gallery, Western Cape.

Collections


Justice Albie Sachs.
Iziko South African National Gallery.
Gita Sahgal Private Collection.