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First Cape Town solo exhibition for Pat Sithole
26 August 2013

On 26 August 2013 The Black Box will be hosting the opening of a solo exhibition by Johannesburg based artist Pat Sithole, titled Remembrance. This is Sithole's first exhibition in Cape Town and also the follow-up to Reality, his debut solo exhibition which was held at Artspace Johannesburg in 2012.

In Remembrance Sithole returns to acrylic paint with a body of vibrant works on canvas. The exhibition explores objects and figures as a reference to our memories.
"Objects are created by the people and therefor form part of us. We also use them to accomplish our purpose. Some are used to destroy and others to build and honour our legends. Some are also used to make a living and change our world to be a better place to live in. In my paintings I demonstrate the positive effect they have in our memories. It is strong, brilliant and lovely colours that create a strong sense of inspiration and motivation to the viewer. I am trying to avoid colours that bring painful memories. My artwork should serve as a purpose of producing a positive mindset. Seated figures in this episode represent calmness and harmony. I also used brush strokes to create a deep feeling of importance in my subject matter."

Sithole was born in 1970, at Kwa-Thema, Springs. After he matriculated at Kenneth Masikela Secondary, Pat enrolled at Intec College in 1999 where he studied Commercial Art for 3 years. In 2009 he was selected for the Sasol New Signatures competition and also received merit awards for the Ekurhuleni National Fine Art Awards in 2006 and 2007. He received some of his earliest exposure to art from his uncle, the well-known Lucas Sithole.

Sithole's first solo exhibition in 2012 was a sell-out. It formed part of his year-long mentorship programme with Artspace where Sithole pushed the boundaries of his own practice under the guidance of artist and mentor Francki Burger. Sithole will also be one of the featured artists at the FNB Joburg Art Fair 2013 where Artspace (soon to be Lizamore & Associates) will have a booth with a selection of artists.

Sithole's exhibition, which will consist of large portraits of the people of Kwa-Thema, and objects, opens at The Black Box, 52 Church Street, Cape Town, on Monday 26 August and closes on 18 September 2013.