THEY are ordinary candles and paraffin lamps, but Polelo Huma uses them to make his art come alive. The 28-year-old from Soshanguve in Tshwane uses candle smoke to sketch his drawings. “The art of using candles is called fumage, which I learned from a friend. I have been trying to master it. “As a self-taught artist, I believe art is a gift from God. Art is my escape from destruction.“It is challenging and interesting. I’ve been researching it for two years now, and I discover new things every day.” Polelo, known as Master P, said his art identifies with struggles women are faced with every day.“This is why most of my drawings are portraits of women,” he said.“My art also describes the freedom of black people from the the struggles in the apartheid era. “I have drawings of Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko and Winnie Mandela in my collection.”He said graphic art can change people’s perspectives.Polelo competed in the annual Arnold Classic SA Art Competition in 2018.“Although I didn’t win, I made it to the top 5. I believe my major triumphs are waiting for me,” he said.Polelo is studying printmaking at Artist Proof Studio in Joburg.He will be showcasing his work today at the Winterveld Multi-purpose Hall in Tshwane.
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