Congratulations to KZN artists Luyanda Zindela and Mlamuli Zulu were awarded Sasol New Signatures 2019 for their art pieces. Read more about them and the overall national winners.

  • 23 August 2019
  • Competitions

Congratulations to KZN artists Luyanda Zindela and Mlamuli Zulu were awarded Sasol New Signatures 2019 for their art pieces.

The runner-up of Sasol New Signatures 2019 is Durban Master’s student Luyanda Zindela, with a pen, ink and graphite work on pine-board titled Phowthah sis’ Mgabadeli. In this work, he explores the limitless possibilities of a medium so readily available that it is often taken for granted. “I have tried to capture the boundless intricacies of black skin using traditional pen and ink drawing techniques like cross-hatching and stippling,” said Zindela. As runner-up, he walks away with R25 000. 


Luyanda Zindela

Mlamuli Zulu

  • Mlamuli Eric Zulu, another Durban artist, received a Merit Award for his mixed media piece titled, Enlightened Art gathering.  Each Merit Award winner received a R10 000 cash prize.


    Acclaimed artist, judge and Sasol New Signatures Chairperson, Professor Pieter Binsbergen, said: “It is interesting to note that in this the 30th year of Sasol sponsoring the longest-standing art competition in South Africa, our winner and runner-up have both been recognised for works created in traditional media – ink and paint. The works have been painstakingly laboured and show immense drive and passion”. 


    “On behalf of Sasol, we congratulate all the 2019 Sasol New Signatures winners. It is also fitting to acknowledge all the emerging artists who have participated in the competition over the past 30 years. The majority of winners and merit award winners have gone on to carve out illustrious careers in the visual arts and have made significant contributions to our country’s artistic heritage. Here’s to the next 30 years of developing our cultural economy,”  said Nozipho Mbatha, Sasol Senior Manager: Group Brand Management


    Jessica Storm Kapp, 2018 Winner will present her solo exhibition entitled Artefacts of Belonging at the Pretoria Art Museum, alongside the 2019 finalists as part of her prize. The exhibition will also feature the 2019 winner, runner-up and five merit award winners as well the 80 finalists, all of whom are included in the highly respected competition catalogue. The exhibition will run until the 29th September 2019.

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