Tsholo "Splash" Motong

"Faces of Soweto"


August 5 - September 30, 2023


Tsholo "Splash" Motong


Fabric Collage

Shweshwe Textiles

South African Music

Amapioano, a Zulu or Xhosa word loosely translated to "the pianos", is a subgenre of house music that emerged in South Africa in the mid-2010s. It is a hybrid of deep house, jazz, and lounge music characterised by synths and wide percussive basslines.

Kofifi Jazz, Splash's favorite, is South African Jazz that was popular in Sophiatown (Kofifi), a suburb of Johannesburg. Sophiatown was a black cultural hub that was destroyed under apartheid, It produced some of South Africa's most famous writers, musicians, politicians and artists.

Explore our favorites below or here's a full playlist.

Artworks in our exhibit

Are we really free

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Within Logic

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Cold and Wet

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Cousin of Death

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Yet, Tsholo always remains very true to his home.

His love and appreciation for the people of Soweto is so evident in his work. His paintings exude so much warmth, subtle humor and empathy.

"Election time is near. Politicians will be canvassing in dirty, sewer infested streets of ghetto camps.

The ruling party has made poverty it's meal ticket, using relief grants, food parcels to bait the clueless voting fodder.

Rampant HIV infested teenage pregnancy, cheap drug abuse, casual to normal petty hardcore crimes range from electricity theft but robbery, rape & murder are daily activities. Faster than hijacking & bolder than cash heist, it's the urban ghetto jungle where every man for himself.

Poverty for us all."

Night Shift

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Beautiful African woman in a traditional green dress and head scarf.  Traditional Shweshee fabric collage in painting


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Manifestation of Confusion

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But with everything that he sees in his daily life, Splash cannot escape the natural beauty of Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa and Africa. He sees amazing beauty in everything and recreates this beauty with his own unique vision and character.

"Jozi my pozi with views that are cozy,

from the leafy northern suburbs purple haze hues never disturb,

memories of lavender plantations persist, lilac littered leaves resemble flowers,

it never rains but pours purple showers,

avenue after boulevard the hard tarmac is polluted

by a specific soft bloom which always require the broom,

Jacaranda my city from Tshwane to Jozi

u make summer special..."

By Tsholo "Splash" Motong