Inspired by Picasso, Jean-Michel Basquiat and the exaggeration of African expressionism, Thembalethu’s work is a breath of fresh air pregnant with positive energies.
Fuelled by creativity lived in his experience with a lovely sense of joie d’ vivre, Thembalethu is very spiritual and paints from the heart, a space breathed upon him by his ancestors. His art pieces come from inside, painted out for the naked eye to see.
Thembalethu skilfully and purposefully brings together a host of disparate traditions, practices and styles to create a fresh and unique visual narrative. He exemplifies how emerging African artists today reintroduce the human face and human figure in their work, (inspired by the African mask) after the wide success of modern conceptualism.
The African mask, is a way in which he paints, as the ancestors have always hidden their identity. His beliefs, values and way of life are depicted in his non-conformist way of bringing his paintings to life.
Thembalethu’s Free Form art style is a true depiction of himself, that of being a free-thinker and free spirit in a modern world.
His latest offering entitled “Western African Ideology” intertwines Western theory and African theory, which compels the two to reflect on identity.
Thembalethu believes that by bringing these two cultures together, total rebirth of humanity is conceived.