Bag Factory Editions: Sam Nhlengethwa, Jazz Singer, 2022


19 in stock



Sam Nhlengethwa
Jazz Singer, 2022
Exlusive signed and numbered limited edition print
Edition of 20
Lithograph print
31 x 31 cm, unframed

Sale price R 18,500 (excl shipping*)

Bag Factory Editions is a series of exclusive limited-edition artworks produced in collaboration with previous Bag Factory alumni artists who have occupied studio space or been involved in our programmes. These beautiful and affordable artworks, printed by LL Editions Fine Art Lithography, are generously donated by the artists to support our vital work of investing in the long-term development of emerging artists, by providing time and space for experimentation, innovation, and critical dialogue.

All proceeds from the sale of each Bag Factory Editions print goes directly to the Bag Factory.

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Sam Nhlengethwa was born in the black township community of Payneville near Springs (a satellite mining town east of Johannesburg), in 1955 and grew up in Ratanda location in nearby Heidelberg. In the 1980s, he moved to Johannesburg where he honed his practice at the renowned Johannesburg Art Foundation under its founder Bill Ainslie.

Nhlengethwa is one of the founders of the legendary Bag Factory in Newtown, in the heart of the city, where he used to share studio space with fellow greats of this pioneering generation of South African artists, such as David Koloane and Pat Mautloa. He still supports the Bag Factory as a Programmes Supporter, funding the Young Womxn Studio Bursary each year.

Despite Nhlengethwa’s pioneering role in South Africa art, his work has received rare visibility in London. A major survey exhibition, titled Life, Jazz and Lots of Other Things, was hosted by SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia in 2014, which was then co-hosted in Atlanta by SCAD and the Carter Center.

Other notable exhibitions and accolades in South Africa and around the world include: in 1994 – the year South Africa held its first democratic elections – Nhlengethwa was awarded the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year award; in 1995, his work was included in the Whitechapel Gallery’s Seven Stories About Modern Art in Africa in London; in 2000, he participated in a two-man show at Seippel Art Gallery in Cologne.