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Thursday, October 3, 2019


Explore! Awesome South African Artists is a book dealing with children’s reference, art and design by Cobi Labuscagne and Illustrated by Lauren Mulligan.

“I hope that Explore! Awesome South African Artists introduces you to some of our great artists working today so you can go on and learn more about them. Enjoy this book and know that you can become an artist yourself if you really want to.” – Cobi Labuscagne (Foreword)

South Africa is filled with many vibrant, skilled contemporary artists – artists who create beautiful and exciting works about the world around them and about who they are. Explore! Awesome South African Artists lets children dive right into the South African contemporary art scene, showcasing the diverse paths of the artists and the fascinating artworks they create.

Some of South Africa’s finest living artists such as William Kentridge, Nandipha Mntambo and Penny Siopis, Banele Khoza, Zander Blom, Billie Zangewa and many more, grace the pages of this funky children’s book. With this book, aspiring young artists will find their own South African artist to look up to and will be a great edition to their bookshelf.

Labuscagne holds advanced degrees in painting and animation from Michaelis School of Fine Art and Wits University. Before joining Artlogic to produce the FNB JoburgArtFair, she worked and taught in the fields of software and visual art. In 2011, she received a PhD as a doctoral fellow at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research. She has been part of the FNB JoburgArtFair team for the past 11 years and is the Director of Artlogic. She is the mother of Lunga and Ellen Mambo and lives in Johannesburg.

Mulligan is a storyteller. Her curiosity leads her to things you don’t often see on television or learn about in school. The stories she collects take on different firms, like drawings, photographs and short films. She was named one of South Africa’s 20 emerging black womxn photographers by Between 10&5 and completed a Master’s in Film & Television at Wits University in 2018. She lives in Johannesburg, but her imagination is there and everywhere else.

Explore! Awesome South African Artists - ISBN: 978-1-4314-2912-7
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