top of page

THABANG LEHOBYE 

20240127_161719.jpg
20240127_161635.jpg
20240127_161805.jpg
20240127_162019.jpg

 

 

Thabang Lehobye is a visual artist and illustrator and the head of design at FCB Africa.in Johannesburg experimenting with various techniques using acrylics and charcoal. Thabang won the Thami Mnyele Art Award competition in 2021 and is now an artist who is rapidly gaining attention on the local and international art circuit. 

 

He completed a three-year printmaking program in 2004 at the Artist Proof Studio (APS), a community-based printmaking centre in Newtown. Lehobye thereafter graduated with a Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Johannesburg and studied Creative Brand Communication at Vega, sponsored by William Kentridge. The same year he was awarded a Loerie Gold Craft for his short animated film Inside the box. He received a scholarship funded by Johnson and Johnson to attend The Bauen Youth Leader Camp in Wyoming USA - a youth camp that looks at how the arts can positively address social issues. Lehobye’s works explore Johannesburg inner city as a subject. He also experiments with various stop-motion animation techniques using acrylic and charcoal. Thabang has been part of various collaborative exhibitions including a Professional Development Program at Artspace Gallery with Prof. Kim Berman and After Hours (Norway)

Thabang Lehobye's Mgusha was selected for the Constitutional Court of South Africa's art collection. 

 

'Vanishing Points' is part of an ongoing series exploring Joburg's  inner city habitants,  and the city itself as subject.
The idea of a physical space being passed over different generations of migrants, almost like the Hillbrow Tower
being past as a baton, this itself speaks of the diversity which makes Joburg such a unique place. A constant architectural cityscape frozen in time and its ever-changing migrant population.

Thabang explains " I attempt to capture the brightness of day by using contrasting hues to emphasize the sunny-ness of day one would find on a typical Joburg summer day. The low angle perspective approach is meant to almost lure the viewer in, to walk the streets. This is further emphasized by scale going even bigger, double in size from “Seeing the light”

This series intends to challenge the viewer to step in further.

The composition is open, a portal into the city itself. Joburg has a sense of magnetism, it lures you in. People vanish, get lost and find themselves. Sometimes they don’t. The work invites you in, you step in.

You become part of the subject. 

Many of these artworks have now sold from Artvark Gallery, were they were on show. 

'Portals of Migration' was Lehobye’s recent solo exhibition which ran until the end of 2022 in Rosebank. It is what one may call a love letter to the city of Johannesburg that invites you to “step into” the artworks as you explore the familiar scenes before you.

“The city represents possibility and hope. Many migrate into the city to find themselves; a lot lose themselves. The story of the miner did not end when mines were decommissioned and abandoned; many are still digging for gold one way or the other,” 

Link to Artist's Full CV here.

unnamed.jpg

RITE OF PASSAGE. 

'I invite viewers to join me on this journey through Johannesburg’s labyrinthine streets”.

In the heart of South Africa lies a city of shimmering dreams and relentless ambitions,  a city that has lured countless souls from far and wide, seeking to unearth their fortunes and forge their destinies. Johannesburg, often referred to as the “City of Gold,” stands as an emblem of opportunity, a rite of passage for all who dare to tread its streets, a city that pulses with the energy of those who strive to make their mark. Johannesburg, a rite of passage for anyone yearning to make their way in the world, has been my source of inspiration. It is a city where one’s mettle is tested, where resilience is nurtured, and where the pursuit of success is a journey as remarkable.
In my recent mixed media works, I delve deeper into the intricate fabric of this urban landscape, vividly capturing its ever-shifting physical contours and the pulsating life of its inhabitants. Johannesburg, a city of gold, is not just a place; it’s a transformative experience, a rite of passage that shapes those who dare to embrace its challenges and possibilities...


My works are an invitation to immerse yourself in the magnetic allure of Johannesburg.

Please email artvark@iafrica.com to enquire.

 

20240407_152154.jpg
20240407_152223_edited.jpg
20240407_152339_edited_edited.jpg
RITE OF PASSAGE V. 1 GOLD 2  date fixed 2  POSTER  STILL ON   .jpg
20240127_161900.jpg

Thabang Lehobye

Rush Hour

86 x 59 cm

Mixed media on canvas

Unframed

2023

R16 555

SOLD


.


 

Screenshot_20240211-164937_Drive.jpg

Thabang Lehobye

Tsatsi La Chaba Sunset

86 x 59 cm

Mixed media on canvas

Unframed

2023

R16 555

SOLD


.


 

Screenshot_20240211-165111_Drive.jpg

Thabang Lehobye

Gilded Aspirations

86 x 59 cm

Mixed media on canvas

Unframed

2023

R 16 555

SOLD


.


 

Screenshot_20240211-165005_Drive_edited.

Thabang Lehobye

Gold Rush

Mixed media on paper

150 x 104 cm 

Framed

2023

R51 950

SOLD


.


 

 AVAILABLE 
 

'PORTALS OF MIGRATION'
 

Screenshot_20240211-165031_Drive.jpg

Thabang Lehobye

Rain Dance

Mixed media on paper

166 x 113 cm

Framed

2023

R 55 600

SOLD


.


 

Screenshot_20240211-165244_Drive.jpg

Thabang Lehobye

Crossing Over 

Acrylic on canvas

Unframed

102 x 75 cm

2023

SOLD


.


 

Screenshot_20240211-165042_Drive.jpg

Thabang Lehobye

Braamies

Mixed Media on paper.

165 x 149 cm

Framed

2023

R 60 550

SOLD


.


 

'PORTALS OF MIGRATION'
20230410_124307_edited.jpg

Silver Lining" (Sun Beams)
2022
112 x 157 cm
Charcoal on Fabriano 

Framed

Price available on request.

Please email artvark@iafrica.com to enquire.


 

Screenshot_20230410-124226_Drive.jpg

"Sunshowers"
2022
119 x 157 cm
Charcoal on Fabriano 

Framed

Price available on request.

Please email artvark@iafrica.com to enquire.


 

Edites_edited.jpg
unnamed (1).jpg

 

Thabang Lehobye

'Small Street Pace"
2022
Acrylic on canvas

190.5 cm x 260 cm.

SOLD


 

20230705_121754.jpg

 

Thabang Lehobye 'Small Street Pace', at Artvark Gallery. SOLD

 


 

From ' VANISHING POINTS'

20240122_160955.jpg

Breaking Dusk

From the 'Vanishing Points' series.

Acrylic on canvas on board.

Unframed.

201 x 102 cms. 

Price available on request.

Please email artvark@iafrica.com to enquire.

bottom of page