Title: King Ubu Encounter
Medium: Single colour lithograph
Paper size: 18.5" x 15"
Image size: 11.5" x 10"
Edition size: 40
Moleleki Frank Ledimo / King Ubu Encounter B/W
Moleleki Frank Ledimo is as much a cultural activist as he is an artist. He is a big man, with a mischievous giggle and has a way of inspiring people at the same time as making them feel very safe.
A large portion of his art making is devoted to printmaking. Ledimo was involved with The Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg for many years and one has the sense that he feels at home within the world of "democratic multiples".
Ledimo's prints are carefully hand coloured and serve as a visual documentation of inner city and evolving suburban life in Gauteng. The prints in this series are available as single colour lithographs or as hand coloured lithographs. The hand coloured prints form part of the same edition. So 1/40 may be a single colour print and 2/40 may be a hand coloured one.
"I create work that is based on the urban landscape in which I live. I have been fascinated by the representation of the figure to relay messages of urban squalor, city life, survivors and victims of urbanisation.
I am interested in how the city offers an array of aspects of life - exploitation, forced migration, various encounters and passing scenes as if from a film storyboard.
The medium of scratch lithography has allowed me to use fresh, expressive lines & work spontaneously with each line building the image and each line being an important expressive mark. On the other hand experimenting and pushing the boundaries of traditional lithography & am fascinated by accidents that one discovers through this new medium."