Photo Credit: The Melrose Gallery

The time has finally come for sculptor Pitika Ntuli’s exhibition ‘Azibuyele Emasisweni’ (Return to the Source) to debut as a physical exhibition.


Bloemfontein, South Africa (05 May 2022) – Azibuyele Emasisweni (Return to the Source) is an exhibition by sculptor Pitika Ntuli. His use of bones and poetry has captivated the international fine art community. He first exhibited his works on a virtual platform due to the pandemic, but now he can finally do a physical exhibition.

Ntuli was awarded the Global Fine Art people’s choice “You-2″ award from the seventh annual Global Fine Art Awards (GFAA). Ntuli’s exhibition took place online due to the pandemic but, combined with his powerful poetry and writings, makes an impactful impression on even the most novice art critics.

Ntuli’s works are underlined with political and spiritual references, and each of his sculptures is accompanied by a poem. He was born in 1940 in Springs and grew up in Witbank in Mpumalanga.

“I do not copy nor work like nature. I work with nature. Bones are vital, as in imbued with life, and it this life that they possess that possesses me when I work. We are partners. Bones, like wood, have definite forms to work with. I do not oppose their internal and external directions, I externalise their inherent shapes to capture the beauty and the truth embedded in them, in other words I empower the bones to attain their own ideal,” – Pitika Ntuli

The sculptures were displayed at the Melrose Gallery and totalled an inspiring 45 sculptures. Now they will be presented physically at Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontein from 4 October to 4 December 2022.

You can still view the sculptures virtually at the Melrose Gallery here.

Sources: Melrose Gallery 
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