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4 Oct 2013
10:44 am

Mabulu: Brush is mightier than a bullet

Controversial artist Ayanda Mabulu, who made headlines when his depiction of president, Jacob Zuma was briefly banned from the Johannesburg Art Fair last week, has urged South Africans to learn to bring about change through art and not weapons.

The oil on canvas titled Yakhal'inkomo, by artist Ayanda Mabulu, is seen in a passage-way near a store-room, after the painting was initially deemed not fit for display at the FNB Joburg Art Fair, 27 September 2013. Picture: Michel Bega

Mabulu’s depiction of President Jacob Zuma in a painting related to the Marikana shooting has since been put back on display and sold.

Despite the violent tone of the work, Mabulu says he wanted to make a statement.

“The brush and the paint is something that can substitute those weapons of destruction and bring love to our society and our communities,” he said. “That brush and paint is mightier than a bullet.”

Mabulu claims the painting is a true reflection of the truth about who is really behind the Marikana tragedy.

EWN quotes Mabulu as saying: “Controversy doesn’t sell the painting. It is the reality that is engraved in the painting and the history which sold the painting.”

This is not the first time that provocative depictions of Zuma have made the headlines. Last year, a painting called The Spear by artist Brett Murray caused quite a stir.

– TeamTalk