Artist

Beatrice Nyembe
Sculptor
Start date: 1991-01-01
End date: 2006-12-31

Bio

Beatrice Nyembe was born at Mangweni, not far from the original Ardmore studio in the Drakensberg.

Beatrice had no formal schooling, five children to care for and had never worked before, but inspired by her grandmother, a skilled rural potter, she joined Ardmore in 1991.

Like her friend and former colleague, Beauty Ntshalintshali, Beatrice handcoils big, wonderfully generous forms that are not unlike the traditional Zulu ukhamba pots her grandmother would have made.

Her teapots, tureens, jugs, bowls and candlesticks are strikingly bold in concept and full of energy.

She also developed her own speciality: square-shaped jugs and enormous, large-legged bowls decorated with animals.

Beatrice's creations have been exhibited all over South Africa and have formed a major part of the Christie's exhibitions in 2003 and 2004 as well as at the State President's London Residence in 2005.

The historic significance of Beatrice's work has been recognised and examples are held in the permanent collection of the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg.

Beatrice retired in 2006 to spend more time with her family.

Exhibitions

1990

Diminicus Gallery, Johannesburg

1992

Volkskas Exhibition, Durban

The Natal Route, Ferguson Fine Art, Johannesburg

1995

The Spirit of our Stories, Print Exhibition, Grahamstown

1992-1996

Gallery on Tyrone, Johannesburg 1994

Natal Society of Arts exhibition, Durban

1996

Meklenberg Groote Schuur, Cape Town

1997

State President's Guest House, Bryntirion Estate, Pretoria;

Catalyst Gallery, Johannesburg

1998

Exhibitions at SA Embassy Residence, Bonn, Germany

Marl Concert Hall, Marl, Germany

Essen, Germany Exhibition Siegen, Germany

Thyssen Forum Dusseldorf, Germany

Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg

1999

Bordeaux St Gallery, Franschhoek, Western Cape

Gallery on Tyrone, Johannesburg

2000

ABSA Bank, Johannesburg

2001 International Ceramic Arts Festival, Wales

Hospice Exhibition, Johannesburg

SA Embassy Exhibition, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2002

Charles Greig Jewellers, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

2003

Christie’s exhibition, London

2004

Christie’s auction, London City Arts Council, Edinburgh

2005

Private exhibition, High Commissioner, Highveld, London

Christopher Greig, Hyde Park

2006

Amaridian Gallery, New York

Private exhibition, High Commissioner, Highveld, London

Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg