By the listed South African modern artist STANLEY NKOSI (1945-1988) is this PAIR of charcoal on paper drawings celebrating the nobility of manual laborers, identically framed in silvery metal, the drawings measuring 22 1/2" by 17 1/2", both signed at bottom and dated there "73". Nkosi was an interesting figure. Born in Natal he moved to Dukathole near Germiston in the Transvaal (now Gauteng). In 1962 he moved to Johannesburg and studied briefly with established artist Cecil Skotnes, and for a time decorated lamp bases for a commercial outfit. In 1973 Nkosi became a full time artist and he came to the attention of British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, as well as famed artist and sculptor Henry Moore, and singer Diana Ross. His reputation went international at this point, and several trips were made to Europe and the United States, where his work was shown in a number of venues in Georgia, Oklahoma, and most notably Nebraska. In 1980 the artist returned home to South Africa, where sadly in 1988 he was stabbed to death in an argument. His sculptures bring into the low thousands of dollars at South African auctions. The almost expressionistic drawings are underpriced by the marketplace; compare to somewhat similar drawings of Ecuadorian peasants by Eduardo Kingman, for example. These are in excellent condition. I might suggest removal of the non-glare heavy glass for shipping as it is prone to breakage. For shipping to South Africa, contact me.
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