Our Class Artists
Esther Mahlangu is a South African artist and was born on 11th November 1935. She is from the Ndebele nation.
She is famous for her bold, colourful artworks inspired by the traditional art of the Ndebele people. Mahlangu began painting when she was ten years old and was taught the Ndebele practice of mural painting by her mother and grandmother.
It is traditional for the women in the Ndebele community to paint the outside of their houses. They use natural pigments mixed with cow dung, and bright acrylic paints outlined with black lines, to make large geometric patterns on the outside walls of their homes.
African American artist and author Faith Ringgold became famous for her innovative “story quilts.” Each of these artworks, which are pieced together of painted canvas and fabric, tells a story. The quilts feature narrative images and texts handwritten on sections of fabric.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh
- Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a Scottish designer and architect. He is most famous for his Art Nouveau designs, one of the most popular early 20th century styles of decorative art. Mackintosh was born in Glasgow, Scotland in June, 1868 and lived in the city for most of his life. In 1890 he won a student award, allowing him to study architecture and design.