Tsholo "Splash" Motong produces color-splashed art. Motong's work is inspired by his grandmother who used to sell vegetables and did some basic sewing. Also a fashion designer, he fuses design with his art, as he portrays African women:
"Splash's art is a true reflection of his upbringing and he loves to incorporate everyday life in Soweto and Johannesburg in most of his artworks."
Splash discovered his creativity and artistic potential at a young age. As a colorful artist, he relishes using bright colors. His main inspiration is his grandmother, hence the dominance of women in his artwork.
"She was my pillar, she raised me up from the ground up. She used to do crafts like knitting and crochet, so that's how I started learning how to work with fabrics and colors and enjoy textures. She didn't scold me when I told her I want to venture into this career."
Whenever he uses fabrics, he ensures that they have African roots.
In his own words...
Soweto has always influenced the country through politics, sports, music, and culture. It is also the only place in the world with two Nobel Prize winners which is Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.
My style of painting is heavily inspired by the broad contrast and living activities of township life. Soweto wouldn’t exist without the Johannesburg CBD, so I’m compelled to portray the Jo’burg skyline with its tall skyscrapers & colorful sunrise and sunset.