The Easel

An Unshakeable Visionary – On the Late David Koloane

Koloane grew up thinking art was not a career option for a black man in Johannesburg. He was in his mid-30’s before getting formal art training. Despite the late start he was pivotal in establishing South Africa’s first gallery for black artists, as well as non-racial studios and artist workshops. International recognition for his own art came late. Many of his works feature scavenging dogs – at least, noted one writer “the dogs are free”.