London Paint Club

Lehmann Maupin – Nicholas Hlobo: Elizeni Ienkanyiso

11 March - 30 April, 2022
Nicholas Hlobo, Amakhos'abomvu, 2021, Acrylic, leather, and ribbons on linen and cotton canvas, 62.99 x 98.43 x 1.97 inches, 160 x 250 x 5 cm, © The Artist, Image Courtesy of Lehmann Maupin London

Lehmann Maupin presents Elizeni Ienkanyiso, an exhibition of new paintings by South African artist Nicholas Hlobo. This presentation marks Hlobo’s return to London and is the artist’s first solo show in the city since his exhibition at Tate Modern in 2008. Best known for his weaving and stitching of metaphorically charged materials, such as colorful ribbon, leather, wood, and copper, Hlobo creates composite objects that are intricate and seductively tactile. The results are highly evocative, and the artist combines anthropomorphic imagery and cultural symbols and traditions to create amalgamated forms that feel at once familiar, alien, and ancient. Hlobo’s practice engages themes of self-discovery and explores the intersections of his race, gender, and cultural and sexual identity within the context of his South African heritage. In his newest body of work, the artist introduces colorful acrylic paint for the first time, returning to a classic fine art medium that he has not employed since he was a student. Hlobo’s combination of acrylic with his signature leather and satin ribbon interventions unites craft and fine art materials within a single canvas, reflecting his enduring interest in resisting strict dichotomies and hierarchies in favor of fluid hybridity.

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