The Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize is a residency that aims at supporting a young emerging artist in South Africa. The project started in 2017, the artist Blessing Ngobeni sponsored a studio award for a young artist to take a residency at his studio in Bag factory. This year the Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize has offered […]
Columnist Craig Jacobs writes about the evening when he attended the launch of the 2019 Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize. The launch took place in Illovo, Sandton. The writer also reflects on how Blessing Ngobeni has been likened to Picasso and Basquiat. The Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize is a self-funded initiative founded by the artist Blessing […]
Scott Eric Williams analyses and writes about Blessing Ngobeni’s exhibition ‘Enemy of Foe‘. He looks at the artworks from the exhibition and deduces their meanings, both in isolation as well as a whole. Along with a comparison to other artists and artworks, he does a good breakdown of the exhibition. ‘Enemy of Foe’ was shown […]
Tendai Mupita is the first recipient of the Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize. At the time the award was still called the Blessing Ngobeni Studio award in Bag Factory. Working through a visual language that presents contemplations on meditative states; Mupita explores the processes and conditions of meditation through drawing, painting and mixed media. With a range […]
ART AFRICA met up with Reinhold Cassirer award recipient Blessing Ngobeni at his studio in Johannesburg, South Africa to discuss his relationship with art; how it was born and how it continues to act as a vehicle for self-expression, one which is inextricably linked to his surrounding environment.
Athi Mongezeleli Joja from the Mail&Guardian explores Blessing Ngobeni’s show ‘As If You Care’. He analyses some of the artworks and also assesses the exhibition as a whole. After some exploration, he surmises that the artworks “are attempting to bring us back to the reality – the forgotten world of the poor and the excluded.” […]