Sandile Zulu Labyrinth of Genes and Elements I 2004


Sandile Zulu Original ‘Labyrinth of Genes and Elements I’ 2004.

fire ,water, air, earth, canvas and stones on canvas.

108 x 378cm (42 1/2 x 148 13/16in). In fifty-six separate 27 x 27cm canvases;

380.5 x 110 x 6.5cm (149 5/8 x 43 5/16 x 2 9/16in) (assembled).

Labyrinth of Genes and Elements 1 is a work composed of fifty-six canvases. The repeated squares represent the building blocks of genetic codes. Each canvas has been burned with patterns of coiled DNA strands. The calm order of the grid-structure opposes the violence of Zulu’s creative method, communicating the artist’s belief in an underlying universal harmony.

Private art collection UK

POA (price on application).


Sandile Zulu: Born in the town of Ixopo, in the Kwazulu-Natal region of South Africa, Sandile Zulu began his study at Rorke’s Drift Art and Craft Centre in 1982. Shortly after he became one of the few black students to enrol at Technikon Natal in nearby Durban to study Fine Art, and by 1993 he received his degree from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. It was during his time at Wits University that Zulu first began his experimentations with fire as a medium. Fire would later become the title of his first solo show in 1995 at the Rembrandt van Rijn Gallery in Johannesburg. Zulu’s first UK solo show took place at the October Gallery in London in 2005; entitled Fire This Time: Planetary Cycle, it showcased Zulu’s monumental fire paintings.

C. Richards, Sandile Zulu: Portrait of the artist as young firebrand, (Johannesburg, 2005) pp.61-2
Artists in Dialogue 2: Sandile Zulu and Henrique Oliveira, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 4 December 2011



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