The National Art Gallery in Bulawayo will tomorrow hold an honorary exhibition for veteran artist, Rashid Jogee entitled Lifeline.
Jogee told NewsDay yesterday that the exhibition, which will run for three months, showcases 37 drawings.
He said the drawings date back to the 1970s when he used to hold life drawing lessons for upcoming artists at the gallery.
“The exhibition will showcase drawings of human figures in a nude and semi-nude state.
“There is nothing decadent about the drawings. Life drawing is a discipline in art,” he said.
“In fact, as artists, we transcend decadence; we do something that is aesthetically pleasing. We strive to achieve harmony and order through our works.”
Jogee said although he is largely an abstract artist, he had to put up an exhibition of life drawings as “that is one of the most basic things an artist should do although it is very difficult to draw human figures.”
He used a bamboo pen and ink to execute the drawings.
Jogee studied Applied Art and Design at the Bulawayo Polytechnic College in 1980. He has taught art for more than two decades at Mzilikazi Art and Craft Centre as well as of several high schools in the city. The award-winning artist has previously worked with some of the country’s veterans such as Tapfuma Gutsa, Berry Bickle and the late Stephen Williams.
He has exhibited locally and internationally since the 70s.
“I have total commitment to my work. As artists we enlighten society through our works.”