Phumelele Tshabalala

Phumelele Tshabalala

www.phumeleletshabalala.com

Phumelele Tshabalala was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He studied Fine and Applied Arts at Tshwane University of Technology specializing in Printmaking and Painting. He moved to New York to complete his MFA in Visual Art at SUNY Purchase College. He is currently living and practicing in Los Angeles , California. He interdisciplinary artist, creating socio-reflective figurative work that is primarily concerned about the human condition in light of social injustice. He is influenced by a lineage of South African artists who use art as a weapon to combat the atrocities like apartheid. Post-Apartheid he is amongst contemporary South African artists producing works that re-construct, re-claim, re-fine and refer to a new collective cultural identity. He uses the body as a site of expression and resistance; in some works the black body is a signifier and marker, deeply rooted in historical narratives that are not easily embraced.  He is committed and dedicated to going beyond mere formal questions of making, but aims straight at the heart of who he is, what is going on around him and what he can do to make a difference. He believes in art that is not just an expression of individual satisfaction however a conceptually/technically belligerent and educative art for all.  

Walter Askin, painter, printmaker, sculptor, and teacher, was born in Pasadena, California on 12 September 1929. He studied sculpture, painting, and printmaking at the Pasadena City College where one of his mentors was Leonard Edmondson. Askin went on to study at the University of California, Berkeley where he earned his BA and MA degrees. He began his lengthy teaching career in 1956 at the California State University, Los Angeles where he became Professor of art. He was also a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley; the California State University, Long Beach; and the University of Hawaii. He served on the board of directors of Pasadena Art Museum; Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art; and the Baxter Art Gallery, California Institute of Technology. Askin is member of College Art Association of America and one if the originalk members of Los Angeles Printmaking. He was honored with awards for his teaching and his art and his work is represented in the collections of the Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; the Kunstlerhaus, Vienna; the Oxford Museum of Modern Art, England; and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Mina Tang Kan was born in Shanghai, China and graduated from Vassar College and after working in New York City art galleries, received a Master of Arts in Printmaking from CSULB, in Long Beach, California, where she served on the faculty.of that college and later at El Camino College, Golden West College and at the Palos Verdes Art Center. She is a Past President of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society and former Gallery Director of the Huachuca Art Association. Her art work, which includes oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, woodcuts, etchings, photo-etchings, silk screens, and monoprints, has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Paris, London, Hawaii, Korea and Arizona, and included in many private and corporate art collections. She has resided in Arizona since 1995 and in 1999 was honored as Artist of the Year in Sierra Vista. Currently she is also the director of the Tang Gallery, 32 Main Street, in Bisbee, Arizona.
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