- Today famed Ndebele artist Dr Esther Mahlangu is celebrating her 85th year on this planet
- Mama Esther is also launching her largest solo exhibition ever, on show from 19 November until 20 December
- The exhibition will be presented both online and at The Melrose Gallery in Johannesburg
Dr (Mama) Esther Mahlangu is celebrating a landmark birthday. Mama Esther turns 85 today and has will be launching her largest solo exhibition on 19 November. The exhibition, curated by artist Ruzy Rusike, is titled ‘Esther Mahlangu 85’.
The exhibition will be presented at The Melrose Gallery in Johannesburg and will also be available to view online. The exhibition will last until 20 December. The exhibition will show artwork created over the last three years.
The artwork that will be showcased includes bold paintings with geometric patterns, something Mama Esther has become well-known for, as well as sculptures.
According to IOL, Mama Esther also famously collaborated with luxury car brand Rolls-Royce on their Phantom model, the vehicle was dubbed ‘The Mahlangu’. A report by News24 said that Mama Esther has also joined forces with Carol Bouwer to create a limited 50 custom bags range.
Many South Africans have taken to Twitter to wish the Ndebele artist a happy birthday.
"Happy Birthday to Dr Esther Mahlangu. 'I was born with this gift. It’s within me. It’s ancestral. That’s what made me hang to it. So I told myself I could never lose what I was blessed with'."
"Happy birthday day to Mama Esther Mahlangu. Today she is turning 85. May you live a rich, long life filled with joy, wonder and health. May you posses gold galore. May your dreams be aplenty, so your wildest one comes true. May the good karma you deserve come constantly back to you."
"Happy birthday to our beautiful gog' Esther Mahlangu."
Briefly.co.za previously reported on Mama Esther after she was presented with a massive global opportunity. She closed a deal to become the first African artist to collaborate with the luxury car brand Rolls-Royce.
Dr Mahlangu unveiled her Rolls-Royce Phantom at The Melrose Gallery at One & Only in Cape Town. She has previously done work for the BMW group in 2016. She worked on the 7 series car which was displayed at the Frieze Art Fair in London in that same year.
Facebook user Bridget Tjale commented:
"Absolutely love this."
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