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We will always have art

Story by Constance van Niekerk, South Africa

Marshall Chauke

“We will always have art,” those were the closing remarks of Marshall Chauke Matose. We both nod in agreement and I sit and allow my thoughts to revisit the interview.

Marshall is a 22-year-old self-taught watercolourist/ fine artist. Born in the Lowveld sugarcane town of Chiredzi, Zimbabwe, Chauke’s journey began with a dream. A real dream, not a wish or goal, a dream like Joseph the dreamer in the Bible!

We will always have art.

Marshall Chauke Matose

“At the age of 14, I had a dream of a painting of a bird,” he explains. “My grandmother in the UK quickly supplied me with all materials and I drew that bird. It was a watercolour. Little did I know that until today I would be doing duplicates of that bird.”

The bird from the dream

Marshall’s eyes light up as he narrates his story. It is obvious that this young artist now residing in Kadoma is passionate about art, “My parents have always supported me, right from the very start, it’s like they knew I can paint”, he chuckles. I ask him if there are other painters in the family and he replies, “Nope, not at all. But, my dad is a poet. His poetry is on a website
You can go through Poetry Soup and his name is Joseph Matose. Not to be mistaken with Joseph Matose the American painter and poet!”

What a strange coincidence!

“What would you say fine art is?” I enquire from him, just after I went through the Newport artist’s profile. “Fine art is when you are using any type of pencils like graphites, charcoals, colour pencils, B pencils and so forth. So it’s actually all about shading forms. We have so many types of shading techniques such as stippling, hatching, scribbling and others”, Matose replies.

It has been an interesting chat with Mr Matose. I thank him for taking time from his busy schedule to take me through his journey. Besides art, Marshall works and is also attending school, “I’m doing some leadership courses, it’s all about time management and dedication.” He smiles.

My final question is, “What are your plans for the future?”

“It is my hope and dream to touch people with my art. I’d like people to look at my art and say, ‘he feels deeply.’ because they would feel what I feel.” Such deep words from a young artist. He lets out a soft laugh and carries on, “In this harsh economy of ours, I would love to one day earn a living with art. I’m always developing hope, faith & some bits of trust. I know that better days will come my way, right now let me just say I’m still earning pennies. One day, art will pay, it’s here to stay. We will always have art.”

About Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.


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