Sam Nhlengethwa is intrigued by people and their spaces. ‘Throughout the years, all my pieces have dealt with the movement of people’. I enjoy paying homage to people and places through my art’. In the tributes prints he pays homage to some of his visual art contemporaries and others who have paved the way for South African art. He salutes and honours many local artists such as David Koloane, George Pemba, Judith Mason to name a few plus many international artists such as Henri Matisse, Romare Bearden and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Most of these artists are have secured their place on the local and international scene. By recreating the works of his contemporaries and role model and then placing them within a represented or imagined gallery space, Nhlengethwa provides a new context in which to experience the work of these celebrated artists. The artist’s work has been paired up with contemporary interiors and furniture that emphasise Sam’s understanding of the ‘mental space’ of that particular artist and then pulled together using his own distinctive style.