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Sunday, June 20, 2021


(Above: Work by Derrick Nxumalo)

Exhibiting his work for over 20 years, KZNSA Gallery is pleased to present the latest solo exhibition by Derrick Nxumalo. The exhibition features his monumental scrolls, one still in progress and two now completed, produced over 40 years of continuous work. These are shown along with smaller-scale cityscapes and landscapes, all in Nxumalo’s iconic style.

A self-taught artist with an exploratory approach to his technique and subject matter, Nxumalo creates obsessively detailed, graphic representations of an idealised version of the city and landscape of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

Nxumalo works in ballpoint and acrylic paint on cotton needlepoint paper. He speaks of each piece having its own pattern, where the details of vegetation and architecture are used with an understanding of perspective and colour in their purest forms.

Nxumalo was born in Dumisa, near Scottburgh in KwaZulu-Natal in 1962. A former gardener, miner and waiter, he added politician in 2003, when he was elected as a councillor for the district of Dududu in KwaZulu-Natal.

Nxumalo has participated in exhibitions in South Africa and abroad, most recently exhibiting at the inaugural Latitudes Art Fair, Johannesburg 2019.

His work is held in numerous private and public collections including Anglo Vaal Corporation, South African Breweries, The Durban Art Gallery, University of KwaZulu-Natal and the University of Witwatersrand.

The exhibition runs from June 21 to July 18, 2021.

The KZNSA Gallery is situated at 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, in Durban. More information on 031 277 1705 or cell 082 220 0368 or visit