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Thursday, June 29, 2023


(Above: Work by Hussein Salim: Photo supplied)

The Schreiner Gallery at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg will host Aspect of Abstraction Exhibition by Hussein Salim which will run from July 16, 2023, at 11h00 until September 17, 2023, at 17h00.

Sudanese artist Hussein Salim is one of the great artists of abstract art to emerge from the African continent. With work exhibited globally, he prides more than 20 years as an exhibiting artist, with more than 40 featured and solo exhibitions. Fleeing his home country, Sudan, in early 2000 because of political unrest and economic instability Hussein Salim has sought to tell the story of life’s complexities.

Themes such as culture, heritage, love, time, and death are prominent in his artworks, expressed through layering and vibrant colours that are symbolic of his African heritage. With a Master’s Degree in Visual Arts from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Hussein Salim’s artworks are academically informed yet artistically expressive for a global audience.

Painted artworks of the journey by the artist and of the internal battles of one who seeks to create, inform this exhibition. Salim encompasses the belief that the process of formation is more important than the final form, as well as the logic of creation is more important than the form of creation. The aim of Salim’s paintings for his upcoming exhibition at Tatham Art Gallery titled Aspect of Abstraction is:  to recognise the imaginative; to recognise others, and to recognise the humane. It is a journey of self-discovery which resists the known to uncover the freedom of internal logic.

The exhibition runs in the Schreiner Gallery at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg. Open from Sunday July 16, 2023, at 11h00 and closes on Sunday September 17, 2023, at 17h00

The Tatham Art Gallery is situated opposite the Town Hall in Chief Albert Luthuli Street, Pietermaritzburg. It is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 10h00 to 17h00. Café Tatham is open on Saturdays. Safe parking with a car guard available. More information on 033 392 2801 or visit