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Dumisani Mabaso

Dumisani Mabaso (1955-2013) was a painter, printmaker and musician. Mabaso was involved with printmaking for over three decades in South Africa and established The Sguzu Printmaker's Workshop in Johannesburg. Mabaso's father, a commercial printer, introduced his son to the world of printing presses, paper and ink at a young age. Mabaso took a turn away from the commercial world of printing and began exploring the possibilities of original prints during his time studying at Rorke's Drift.

Mark Attwood, who collaborated with Mabaso on these prints writes “I have been lucky enough to work with Dumi a number of times over a period of thirty years, first in Broederstroom and later in Newtown and more recently at my studio The Artists’ Press in Mpumalanga. Dumi’s father like mine was a commercial printer and Dumi is the only artist that I have collaborated with who has shared a childhood supported by printing."

Mabaso died in September 2013 after being ill for many years. We will miss Dumisani Mabaso’s gentle presence in the studio, his fine drawing abilities and sense of colour.

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