Ngatane, Ephraim

Ephraim Ngatane (1938 - 1971) documented township life in all it forms - from the overcrowded living conditions to the social entertainment, sport and memorable events like the two occasions it snowed in Johannesburg during the 1960’s. As an accomplished jazz alto-saxophonist, he also painted lively music and dance scenes, where his individual style of abstraction managed to successfully capture the energy and movement. Stylistically, his masterful command of the watercolour medium displays a painterly sense of abstraction which distinguishes his work from the descriptive styles of most other township artists. Full Biography