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Watch | These ink drawings are on point

2021-10-28 01:01:00 PM

Watch | These ink drawings are on point

The 22-year-old Astral Msekeli from KwaZulu-Natal is a security guard by trade and a gifted artist – who was crowned the national winner – by night.

With him, occupying seventh and ninth places, respectively, are Thuso Modikela from Rustenburg and Brandon Lee Ponen from Pietermaritzburg.The three artists appeared calm and collected on the day of the prize-giving, which was held at the Bic warehouse in the west of Johannesburg. The highly imaginative but reserved artists spoke to #Trending about the work they poured into their winning entries.

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Winners Astral Msekeli, Thuso Modikela and Brandon Ponen walked away with cash prices. Picture: SourcedMsekeli’s piece is titled Ubuntu and was inspired by his grandmother.He explained:My grandma taught me ubuntu and that’s why I titled it that way. Art does play a big part of my future. I wish to study art one day and be a professional artist.

Modikela’s offering is a piece called Flowers of the Universe and it aims to raise awareness of violence against women and children. He also has designs on igniting the culture of arts in his home town.I started a movement at home and we call it Tsoga O Phande. It isn’t just about art, but music and acting too. We don’t have these things in the rural areas, so you have to relocate, adjust and see where people appreciate your art.

Ponen’s piece – Roll the Dice – is inspired by life and how much of a roller coaster it can be.“I’m extremely passionate about art as it is my whole life. It is basically a full-time job. In the future, I hope to have my own studio where I develop other artists and share my techniques,” Ponen said.

Brandon Lee Ponen’s piece is titled Roll the Dice. It is inspired by life and how much of a roller coaster it can be. Photo: SuppliedModikela chimed in: “It is not easy for young people to focus on art in these times because, in my community, art is not certain because there are no platforms for artists to showcase their work.”

Ponen added: “Yeah, it’s a bit tough; it isn’t like overseas. We aren’t a First World country; art is more of a thing that the rich are more likely to buy.”Watch: These ink drawings are on point Read more: City Press »

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