Eulogy to Benon Lutaaya
Lizamore & Associates are pleased to present EULOGY: A TRIBUTE TO BENON LUTAAYA. This exhibition opens on 13 June 2019 at 18h00 and will run until 29 June 2019 at Lizamore & Associates Gallery (155 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg). Join Lizamore gallery for a glass wine, a talented performance by ACT ONE and to meet the artists. Participating artists include; Kate Ballendon, Toni Ballendon, Alka Dass, Justin Dingwall, Sheekha Kalan, Vivien Kohler, Joao Ladeira, Nelson Makamo, Kehla Chepape Makgato, Tshopo Mosopa, Lebohang Motaung, Richard (Specs) Ndimande, Nompumelelo Mgoma, Asemahle Ntlonti,Soloman Omogboye, Ana Pather, Patrick Seruwu, Chrisel van der Merwe.
Benon Lutaaya was a visionary and a visual artist we all respected and loved. Born in Uganda, he arrived in South Africa in 2011, and within the short period of his stay in Johannesburg from 2011 – 2019, he became known as an artist who not only produced sought after monumental artworks in collage and acrylic, but also an artist who mentored young artists, and a businessman. Lizamore & Associates hosted his first solo exhibition as well as all his other exhibitions at their gallery in Johannesburg and at the Joburg Art Fair, the most recent in September 2018. Following his sudden passing in April this year, Lizamore & Associates is hosting an exhibition in honour of Benon Lutaaya, inviting artists he mentored and those close to him to produce works that relate to their connection with him. The aim with this exhibition is to preserve his legacy and to honour him for his achievements in South Africa in such a short space of time.
The title of the exhibition Eulogy to Benon Lutaaya, praises someone highly, especially someone who has just passed.
Artists are invited to share their eulogies in the form of an artwork in remembrance of Lutaaya. As a full time artist, Lutaaya devoted his time to sharing his knowledge with his peers and played an active role in developing the careers of especially female artists in Africa, through the Project Space. He understood the plight of starving artists as he too came from humble beginnings; an intelligent man with an ambition to succeed and to leave his mark and build his brand. This is an opportunity for artists to dedicate to this fine human being. We call upon artists who loved and learnt from him, to create an artwork in his memory.