A new breed of winning artists

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In front of the winning art work are from the left Nkululeko Nkebe (winner), Katlego Mogoera (runner-up), Xola Sello (merit award), and Petra Schutte (merit award). PHOTO: PIETER DELPORT

Locals and various representatives converged on Thursday 8 November to witness Free State artistic talent at its best.
The winners of the Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition were announced at Bloemfontein’s Oliewenhuis Art Museum which hosted the prestigious evening.
The visual arts competition, which is in its third year, gives emerging, young Free State artists the platform to showcase their work of art. The evening provided a visual feast for art connoisseurs and the public alike. A panel of judges made up of industry experts had the difficult task of choosing from over 130 entries, which were then narrowed down to only 54 works of art (by 45 artists).
The big winner of the night was Nkululeko Nkebe who won R50 000. The Central University of Technology student’s Youth “Slaves” to Education drawing was chosen as the night’s overall winner. OFM News spoke to Nkebe who expressed how happy he was even though he was shaking from the shock. Nkebe also gave insight into how the drawing came about.
“I work with all sorts of material and work with anything I can find around me so I chose to work with a pen. My work is about the youth. We all have a desire to become educated, but unfortunately, life does not always go the way we plan it. We do not always end up getting what we want out of life. So I basically would like people to realise that they can do with what they have. I really felt the need to do this particular artwork,” Nkebe explained.
Katlego Mogoera also emerged as a winner on the night by claiming the Public Choice Award and the Runner-up Award, comes with a total prize money of R30 000. This is the first time in the competition’s history that one artist has walked away with two awards in one night. The 18-year-old Mogoera, who is also a CUT student, told OFM News she was quite surprised that she emerged as a winner but was quite happy that she did. “To think that I am the first to win two awards in one night is quite amazing,” Mogoera said. Her work of art, titled Girl balancing cigarette on lips, is a black and white photograph that showcased the young artist’s eye for detail. “My artwork is basically about how society treats ‘big’ girls and people who smoke by judging them often without knowing what’s going on in their lives. It’s also about how words can hurt people,” Mogoera said.
Petra Schutte and Xola Sello completed the list of the night’s winners. Both claimed the Merit Awards, each winning R10 000. The four winners also automatically qualify for the Winners Group Exhibition which will afford each artist the opportunity to showcase more of their work. – Molebogeng Malebo/OFM News