By Thomo Nkgadima
He spends his leisure time painting and drawing. He paint anything he lays his eyes or hands on – from potraits, landscape, antique cars using oil paintings, brush and canvas.
The 23-year- old National Diploma Fine and Applied Art graduate, Cubert Dumela from deep rural village of Xigalo, Malamulele, in Limpopo is now a tutor in Ceramics in Tshwane University of technology in Tshwane. He completed his National Diploma last year and he is now enrolling for a post graduade qualification majoring in Ceramics.
“With my art, I am expressing my feelings through it and expose the social ills in the society and some of my art work I am creating speaks about imagination after life (disintergration),” says Dumela. He is fascinated by mutable form of nature and natural decaying. Most of his art work depicts imaginary scenes from after life.
He explains, “No one really knows what happened when something dies or goes through that process of decay, but as a curious artist I am trying hard to apply imagination when creating these artwork. I often make them with hallucinary and sureal atmosphere.”
Dumela’s artwork comprises an attempt to undestand what really happens during the process of decay or rot. This has made him start paying close attention to everything that happens between life and death. “The reality is, to create this kind of art work has allowed me to develop an understanding of the physical and spontaneous changes that take place in every object and our lives.”
“I have been drawing since I was young, but I started recognising and loving my talent in art at the age of 13 (2010) due to complementary expressions, that I used to get from my peers and former teachers,” he says.
“I have been motivated and inspired by Kelvin Okafor a British artist of Nigeria who lives in Tottenham, London. Whose art work are much better than a photograph(hyper realistic). They are depicting real life in an unusual or striking manner compared to photo realism,” he adds.
Dumela also get his inspiration from people like Peter Voulkos and Aneta Regel. He says he also receives a lot of support from his mother, a single parent who raised him and displayed his art work all over her house back home in Limpopo.
Now Dumela transfers his knowledge and skills aquire to fellow students of Tshwane University of Technology (Fine and applied Arts). He says he helps these students with techniques of how to centre, pull and throw a ball of clay.
His wish is to one of the good days own his art gallery in his own hometown and be a curator and own a studio where he is going to make his own Ceramics and sculptures and continue to teach those interested to learn about art.