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Stevenson is pleased to announce a presentation of new works on paper by Simphiwe Ndzube. This exhibition marks the start of a regular exhibition programme in our Amsterdam space, with regular opening hours.

The drawings were created at the artist’s improvised home-studio in Los Angeles, in response to and in light of the restrictions created by the pandemic. Combining acrylics, spray paint, graphite, and oil pastel, this exhibition extends the mixed-media approach characteristic of Ndzube’s practice, while marking a new allegorical chapter in his imaginative universe, Echoes of the First Stories.

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‘I’ve been making studies in light of the emotions brought up by COVID-19 and the uncertainty of the world. The works portray feelings of despair, hope, and helplessness as well as the precarious nature of interpersonal trust and fear of the unknown. These studies, which signify a return to basics and an emphasis on the human subject, allow me to really get to know my characters: their evolution, depths, and physicality.’

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Quotations from Western and South African art history are interspersed with Ndzube’s magical-realist influences to produce the present tableaux. Some figures in the artist’s series of portraits pose with dignified solemnity and others—in neon landscapes—gesticulate with dread, evidenced by titles such as Bending over to see you upside down; Apple of my tongue, Queen of the all-seeing eyes under the water; and Untitled (Scream).

Work by the artist is currently on view at the Nest’s iteration of A Fair Share of Utopia, a group exhibition curated by Manon Braat that takes place across the Hague and Amsterdam. Ndzube held his debut exhibition with Stevenson, Uncharted Lands and Trackless Seas, in Cape Town in 2019. Solo presentations have also taken place at institutions including Museo Kaluz (2019) and CC Foundation, Shanghai (2018). Notable group shows include Là où les eaux se mêlent (‘Where water comes together with other water’), the 15th Lyon Biennale (2019); Open Borders, the 14th Curitiba International Biennial, Brazil (2019); People at Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles (2019) and Hacer Noche (Crossing Night) in Oaxaca, Mexico (2018).

Filmed by Lonnie Gallegos; Edited by Lonnie Gallegos; Produced by Reza Monahan Studio; Graphics and Subtitles by Cal Crawford; Courtesy of Simphiwe Ndzube, Lonnie Gallegos, Melahn Frierson, and Gallery Association Los Angeles (GALA)

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Portrait of Bhonco

Portrait of Bhonco, 2020

Acrylic, spray paint, graphite pencil and oil pastel on paper

91.5 x 79cm

$9 000

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Untitled Portrait II

Untitled Portrait II, 2020

Acrylic, graphite pencil and oil pastel on paper

89 x 76.5cm

$9 000

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Untitled Portrait (Omo)

Untitled Portrait (Omo), 2020

Acrylic, graphite pencil and oil pastel on paper

91.5 x 79cm

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Bending over to see you upside down, 2020

Bending over to see you upside down, 2020

Acrylic, graphite pencil and oil pastel on paper

152 x 101.6cm

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Untitled Portrait #2

Untitled Portrait #2, 2019

Acrylic and pencil on paper

82.5 x 70.5cm

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Untitled, Explorer

Untitled, Explorer, 2020

Acrylic, graphite pencil and oil pastel on paper

152 x 101.6cm

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Untitled Portrait VI

Untitled Portrait VI, 2020

Acrylic, charcoal, pencil and oil pastel on paper

89 x 80cm

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Untitled Portrait V

Untitled Portrait V, 2020

Acrylic, charcoal, pencil and oil pastel on paper

89 x 80cm

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Untitled Portrait III

Untitled Portrait III, 2020

Acrylic, collage, graphite pencil and oil pastel on paper

91.5 x 89cm

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Untitled Portrait #3

Untitled Portrait #3, 2019

Acrylic and graphite on paper

61 x 50cm

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scream

Untitled (Scream), 2019

Acrylic and graphite on paper

61 x 50cm

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Untitled study for a painting

Untitled study for a painting, 2020

Acrylic, spray paint, graphite pencil and oil pastel on paper

91.5 x 79cm

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Apple of my tongue, Queen of the all seeing eyes under the water

Apple of my tongue, Queen of the all seeing eyes under the water, 2020

Acrylic, graphite pencil and oil pastel on paper

89 x 76.5cm

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Portrait of Bhonco

Portrait of Bhonco, 2020

Acrylic, spray paint, graphite pencil and oil pastel on paper

91.5 x 79cm

$9 000

Untitled Portrait II

Untitled Portrait II, 2020

Acrylic, graphite pencil and oil pastel on paper

89 x 76.5cm

$9 000

Untitled Portrait (Omo)

Untitled Portrait (Omo), 2020

Acrylic, graphite pencil and oil pastel on paper

91.5 x 79cm

Sold

Bending over to see you upside down, 2020

Bending over to see you upside down, 2020

Acrylic, graphite pencil and oil pastel on paper

152 x 101.6cm

Sold

 

Untitled Portrait #2

Untitled Portrait #2, 2019

Acrylic and pencil on paper

82.5 x 70.5cm

Sold

Untitled, Explorer

Untitled, Explorer, 2020

Acrylic, graphite pencil and oil pastel on paper

152 x 101.6cm

Sold

Untitled Portrait VI

Untitled Portrait VI, 2020

Acrylic, charcoal, pencil and oil pastel on paper

89 x 80cm

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Untitled Portrait V

Untitled Portrait V, 2020

Acrylic, charcoal, pencil and oil pastel on paper

89 x 80cm

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Untitled Portrait III

Untitled Portrait III, 2020

Acrylic, collage, graphite pencil and oil pastel on paper

91.5 x 89cm

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Untitled Portrait #3

Untitled Portrait #3, 2019

Acrylic and graphite on paper

61 x 50cm

Sold

scream

Untitled (Scream), 2019

Acrylic and graphite on paper

61 x 50cm

Sold

Untitled study for a painting

Untitled study for a painting, 2020

Acrylic, spray paint, graphite pencil and oil pastel on paper

91.5 x 79cm

Sold

Apple of my tongue, Queen of the all seeing eyes under the water

Apple of my tongue, Queen of the all seeing eyes under the water, 2020

Acrylic, graphite pencil and oil pastel on paper

89 x 76.5cm

Sold

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