About The Artist
Hosea Matlou moved from Sckhompo on the outskirts of Polokwane to Pretoria in 2000 to pursue a qualification in Finance and Accounting at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). During his time there, he was exposed to the Visual Arts through a community-based project. He rethought his career path and became a full-time practising artist from 2002.
Hosea’s art training has been limited to self-taught experimentation and exchanging ideas with fellow artists. In 2004, he and three artists started a studio in a rented flat in Pretoria's centre. He was exposed to a cross-pollination of artistic approaches and techniques which refined his painting technique. He began experiementing in drawing techniques, influenced by Atteridgeville-based artist, William Langa, and discovered the art of pastel drawing. In 2008, he worked as a tour guide for Pretoria Art Museum under Mmutle Kgokon, which granted him exposure to art. His first solo exhibition opened at the Centurion Art Gallery in June 2010.
His free-hand drawing often feature his innovative ink-and-flame embossing technique - an alternative techinique he developed due to the financial difficulties he experienced. His images are playful and free with a deliberate loose sense of control but considered with adeeper meaning and exploration. His free sketches with embossing and half-burned images present real people and scenes he encounters from the city and rural areas. The works often feature men in suits carrying briefcases – strikingly comical but simultaneously serious - reveals his commentary on the cut-throat business world of capitalist pursuits.
Born 1980 in Limpopo, South Africa
He attended communnity art workshops. He has also got some advice from William Langa, Emmy Mark and Mike Mmutle. He has also attended drawing workshop at the University of Technology (TUT) [Previously Pretoria Technikon].
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