Nathaniel Sheppard III
Birth of Umabona Kude I

R6,000.00 – R8,800.00

Birth of Umabona Kude I evolved out of the first collaborative project between Nathaniel Sheppard III and Chad Cordeiro, which they initiated while still at university. It was Nathaniel’s first linocut, and forms the basis of a graphic novel that doesn’t exist in book form but rather in a series of prints, which can both stand alone, and be read as an evolving chronicle. The core narrative is a revised version of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, set in Johannesburg. Umabona Kude, which means television in isiZulu, is the first of the horsemen, born out of three mystical izinyoka or snakes, formed in a scrap yard, from the discarded materials of commerce and consumption. Educated by the media, Umabona Kude inevitably grows up to consider himself the saviour of his generation. Like Joh Fredersen in the 1920s epic science-fiction drama Metropolis, Umabona Kude resides in a tower above a mine-shaft of toiling workers. But in this instance his high rise is the Hillbrow Tower, and the workers labour to operate the machine that keeps Johannesburg running.

Medium: Linocut
Size: image: 62 x 60 cm; paper: 85 x 76 cm
Edition size: 12
Year: 2017

Signed and editioned by artist.


SKU 036895-1-2 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 studios. 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.

Nathaniel Sheppard III

Nathaniel Sheppard was born in Washington D.C. in 1989 to an American father and South African mother. After high school Nathaniel enrolled in the Southern California Institute of Architecture to pursue a career in the built environment. This is where he began to enter into the conversation and ideologies surrounding the idea of an architect or artist relationship with the spaces around them. In 2010, Nathaniel chose to migrate to Johannesburg, South Africa to continue his studies. He studied fine art at the Wits School of Art (WSOA). Through his studies, he came to realise the important socio-political position the practice of art had, particularly within South Africa’s contemporary continuation of a transformational society. A country in which the primary contributors to the functioning of the machine that is Johannesburg and South Africa as a whole, are continually segregated socially and economically from those who reap the benefits of the majorities labour. Nathaniel works collaboratively with Chad Cordeiro, in which they intend to manipulate the world around them, whether on paper or by means of works that interact with public and confront the built environment head on. Nathaniel and Chad have exhibited extensively on group shows in Johannesburg at venues including the Museum of African Design, David Krut Projects, and Point of Order Gallery. Their work formed part of the major exhibition, A Labour of Love, curated by Yvette Mutumba and Gabi Ngcobo, which opened at the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt in 2015 and travelled to the Johannesburg Art Gallery in 2017. They were runners-up of the 2015 Martienssen Prize at Wits University. In 2016, they founded the Danger Gevaar Ingozi (DGI) print studio with Sbongiseni Khulu and Anaz Mia. 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

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.


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