Kgabo Mametja
The Red Pill

R1,200.00 – R2,500.00

Kgabo Mametja, AKA Saint Rose, is a Johannesburg-based designer and illustrator. She is an independent illustrator while being agency based, but resists being client-focussed, remarking on the need to set aside studio time for projects tackling social issues and emotive expression. Her vector illustrations, displayed on her @iamsaintrose Instagram page, are windows into an imagination engendering UV tinted beauty, love, lust and sentiment in the life of a young Black woman. This is interspersed with moments of anxiety and provocation, featuring HPPD (Hallucinogen persisting perception disorder) induced melting irises and breast balloons for cancer awareness. Kgabo’s confluence of dark maroons, flashy reds and neon blues, yellows and pinks creates a subterranean mood, bringing to light the way in which emotion can be so beautifully exposed through pictorial layers of colour and bearing. In The Red Pill, Kgabo reinstates Cleopatra as a Black woman on the 1963 cover of Esquire – a magazine targeted at white men – confronting the damage done by Hollywood’s biggest lies. This print forms part of the pictorial nerve poster series.

Medium: poster print on matt 230gsm paper
Size: image + paper:  59.4 x 45.7 cm / 84.1 x 64.7 cm
Edition: 100 + 10 AP



SKU 036895-1-4-1-1-1-1-2-1-1-2-1 Category


Pictorial Nerve

pictorial nerve is an ongoing portfolio series conceived and published by The series is broadly focussed on visual cultures establishing a bridge between contemporary art, design, illustration, photography and other cultural manifestations. Similarly, the anatomy of the series is imagined as a hybrid of a poster portfolio, a zine, an artist book and an artwork. It is an exploration of printed matter, the beautiful nexus between image and text, and elicits a playful consideration of how this material can exist within and outside traditional art spaces. The first iteration of the series looks at a new zeitgeist that is somewhat comparable with what was loosely called The Pictures Generation in the late 20th Century. At the time, these artists were defined by their layered adaptions, revealing the fabricated nature of images, with an element of frank social commentary. Now, a younger generation with varied cultural references and experience offer a parallel but unstudied cross­ pollination of activity that spans numerous creative disciplines. In addition, the transition from analogue to digital has generated a refreshing, brazen and sometimes lateral approach towards the pictorial, especially in the Global South.

Additional information

Printed on Heavy Coated Hi-White 230gsm paper.

Printing Process

Digital inkjet printing through Wetink Fine Art.

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.


Artworks are all priced according to each artist’s market, and in relation to the edition size.


We ship worldwide. Delivery within South Africa is free. International shipping is calculated based on location.


We offer 30 day returns for any purchases in South Africa.

Local delivery

1-4 weeks, depending on artwork and framing choices.

International delivery

3-6 weeks, depending on artwork and framing choices.

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