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Locals invited to art presentation on May 18

"I always strive to be better and keep my art interesting."

Abe Mathabe is set to present a drypoint etching presentation in collaboration with the Paint and Palette Group.

The presentation will be held on May 18 at 13:30 at Edenvale Community Centre.

Born in Pimville, Abe was one of eight siblings.

His artistic ability started at a very young age when, due to his poor background, he had to make toys using materials like clay, paper, sticks, tins, grass and wire.

He used to draw using a ballpoint pen as he had no other materials and, even now, this is one of his favourite mediums.

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His drawing skill was noticed by one of his Grade Four teachers, who gave him his first art commission earning him 20 cents.

After qualifying as a graphic designer at the Johannesburg Art Foundation, Abe continued to work and study at the Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg

He also studied dance and music but decided to focus on art full-time.

Having travelled extensively, namely to Wales, Tasmania, and the Netherlands, Abe participated in many exhibitions and competitions and has won several awards and prizes.

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He says an artist’s work needs to satisfy the artist first or others won’t appreciate it.

“I always strive to be better and keep my art interesting. The biggest challenge is to constantly grow techniques to maintain my best.”

“I have been my biggest critic over the years,” said Abe.

Over the years Abe has become known as one of the best miniature artists in the country and is renowned for his use of his drypoint print technique.

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