50 x 35cm
Sam Nhlengethwa was among the artists invited by Bill Ainslie (Director
of the Arts Foundation, JHB) to attend the USSALEP (United States -
Leader Exchange Program) workshop that took place at Hunter's Rest,
in 1992. He & I met there & became good friends.
There was a leisurely moment when he said, "Peter, I want to show
He took out photographs of collages done recently. "I like these," I
stylewise they remind me a bit of the American artist Romare
admitted that he admired Bearden's work a lot.
After the Rustenberg workshop ended from time to time Sam & I kept
Subsequently he sent me more photographs of recent collages. I was
to see these images of new work & in my reply to him I told him so.
don't look like Beardens anymore," I commented. "They look like
Artists are often inspired by & learn from each other, even if
indirectly & unintentionally
so at times. Ocassionally there is bound to be an influence. This
helped. Isn't that the interesting thing about all of the arts, the
way a creative
person says something, often to nobody in particular? With Sam, as
often inspired by jazz, there is the cutting, tearing & assembling
of bits & pieces
of different kinds of paper to make a statement. Yet, amazingly,
permanence the statement stays behind in the memory of others.