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18 November 2020

Phokeng/ Rustenburg – Thuso Modikela’s ink drawings are captivating. It is as if each person he draws has a name and a personality and you can but wonder how the person ended up on his art paper.

The Phokeng-based, ball-point pen artist is self-taught and emerged as one of three winners of the 2020 BIC Afrilights. The winning entries of all three winners, will be showcased on a limited-edition range of pocket lighters as part of an initiative by BIC to celebrate the beauty of Africa, as seen through the eyes of its people.

More than 1,000 entries were received from all corners of South Africa and Modikela said he was humbled that his drawing was chosen. Talking about his winning entry makes the shy artist beam with pride.

“Women of all skin shades are beautiful, and we need to appreciate that,” he said in an interview with Platinum Weekly.

Last year, the artist was named one of the top 12 South African visual artists for the ITWeb Brainstorm Artists Calendar 2020.

He is currently working as an ambulance emergency assistant but plans on focusing full-time on his art in the future. He hopes that his success in the BIC Afrilights competition will get him the sponsorships and recognition he needs to fulfil this dream.

“I want to see myself hosting my own art exhibition. BIC has been very supportive of my career. They always keep in touch and help me to seize the opportunities that are available. I grew up with my grandmother and I started drawing at an early age. As I grew up, I never stopped drawing," Modikela said. His advice for other aspiring artists is simple: “Keep on working hard and do not forget to pray because everything is possible with God. Persevere – in the end, it will pay off.”

Thuso Modikela’s winning drawing of a woman wearing a flower earring.  
This eye-catching profile of a woman wearing a flower earring was printed on thousands of BIC lighters. 
Thuso Modikela encapsulates beautiful faces with tone and texture.
Thuso Modikela creates detailed images with ball-point ink.

 

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