Sbongiseni Khulu
Fade to Black

R2,020.00 – R3,200.00

Sbongiseni Khulu’s Fade to Black is an exploration of the artist’s interest in ancient Greek sculpture and mythology. In the work, an unidentifiable figure recedes into the background, almost becoming an abstraction, save its delicately composed and exposed heart. Sbongiseni revisits his earlier years of studying sculpture at university, recalling torso busts and cast studies that form a core part of any traditional fine art degree. Here, however, he creates a new mythology of something ancient, evoking a slippage between consciousness and blackout. The work offers a connection between those who are here and those who aren’t, presenting both the closing and opening of the curtains, with the artist ultimately questioning, ‘is this my end or my beginning?’

Medium: Linocut
Size: image: 29.5 x 41 cm; paper: 40 x 51 cm
Edition size: 12
Year: 2015

Signed and editioned by the artist. 


SKU 036895-2-1 Category


More about the DGI collection

This work forms part of a collection of prints curated by Danger Gevaar Ingozi (DGI). DGI is a collaborative workspace and studio in inner city Johannesburg. It is one of South Africa’s only artist run and black-owned print studio. The studio offers a mixed media art production facility with a particular focus on linocut relief printing. Their primary aim is to provide emerging artists with a studio space, as well as marketing and circulating their works. DGI has engendered a new space within the cultural landscape of South Africa, and promotes their production on global platforms – in both contexts confronting and shifting socio-economic exclusion and prejudice that is embedded in the industry. DGI is run by artists Chad Cordeiro, Sbongiseni Khulu and Nathaniel Sheppard III, along with business partner and founder Anaz Mia.

Sbongiseni Khulu

Sbongiseni Sbanisezwe Khulu, (b. 1990) was raised in the township of Esikhawini within the confines of KwaZulu-Natal. After matriculating from a technical high school, Sbongiseni decided to further his studies under the scaffolding of civil engineering. However, he realised his interests strayed towards a less rigid framework, and finally found refuge within the arts. In 2010 he enrolled at the Tshwane University of Technology under Fine and Applied Arts, majoring in sculpture and printmaking. In his third year he was chosen to be amongst the 2012 PPC Young Concrete Sculptors Awards finalists, which led to his appointment as co-student assistant of the sculpture studio in the forth year of his B-Tech. In 2015, Sbongiseni started working as a printmaker at the David Krut Workshop, where he met Chad Codeiro and Nathaniel Sheppard III, whom he partnered with, together with Anaz Mia, to establish Danger Gevaar Ingozi. Sbongiseni has exhibited his work on various group exhibitions in South Africa at venues and events including Freedom Park, David Krut Projects, Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees and Assemblage/Prints on Paper. Chad, Sbongiseni and Nathaniel most recently exhibited their work in Asia for the first time on Full Circle Art Africa, a cultural initiative taking place at various venues in Hong Kong.

Additional information

This work has been printed on archival fine art paper.

Printing Process

Produced using the linocut technique, a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum is used for a relief surface.

Framing options

White, Black or Kiaat wooden box frames. Note: Kiaat is a natural wood, the grain and colour will differ slightly with each piece.

Frame design

All frame profile sizes and mounting options are what we believe work most aesthetically and practically with each print.


All prints offered are limited editions. Each print is either numbered on the artwork itself, or accompanied by a certificate.


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