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.
Mary Sherwood Brock was born in Washington, DC and attended the Boston Museum School and Tufts
University graduating with a BFA in 1978. In 1990, she moved to Los Angeles and
graduated with an MFA in painting from UCLA in 1992.She has been awarded two traveling scholarships, a Visual Artist Fellowship from the NEA, a Printmaking
Fellowship and Painting award from the Artist Foundation of Massachusetts and UCLA Graduate award. She was a
founding partner of the Artist Proof Cooperative Print Studio in Cambridge MA, which
was honored for it’s contribution to the painterly print by the Boston Public Library in
2000 with an exhibition and catalog; “Proof in Print; a Community of Printmaking
Studios”.She has exhibited her painting and prints in numerous international and national
exhibitions focusing on printmaking since 1980. In recent years she has curated exhibitions researching the history of printmaking in Los
Angeles. “Connections; LA Printmaking 1962-1973” at the Los Angeles Municipal Art
Gallery as part of the LA Printmaking Society’s 20th National in 2010 and brought together 34 significant works from artists who came to prominence in LA in the 1960’s.
In 2013, “Leonard Edmondson” she curated and wrote the catalog for a retrospective of the paintings and prints of this influential
teaching artist at CSUN Art Gallery. In 2014 at the LA Print Space “the press is my
paintbrush” presented work from two master print shops, both artists in their own
right; John Greco of Josephine Press and Francesco Siqueiros of El Nopal Press.She has taught printmaking at the Boston Museum School, Otis College of Art and Design and Loyola Marymount University and continues her
research on the impact of printmaking as an art form for the LA Printmaking
Join us February 1st, 2020 from 1PM-3PM For or a Gallery Walk through with participating artists followed by a Panel Discussion on "Migration and Art” with Pavel Acevedo, Marianne Sadowski and Phumilelele Tshabalala
Included in this exhibition is a special preview of PAPER BOATS, a small flotilla will be on view in preparation for LA Printmaking on view at SGCI 2023 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The ImMigration Project, back from an exciting installation in Venice Italy, in October 2019 currently comprises 145 artists from all over North America and Europe!