Lulama ‘wolf’ Mlambo is a 28-year-old visual artist who lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. We came across her work on our art trip to Paris last October. An Athens, Greece gallery, “The Breeder,” was showing her work in a grand old mansion that was in desperate need of being restored. Many galleries who use pop up spaces to present the work they represent try to find places that are avant guarde.
The pop up gallery was not even on our itinerary but Kathryn Mikesell, co-founder of Fountainhead Arts, insisted we make the stop even though most of us in our group were exhausted by the end of the day. I think I complained the most. “Enough, my eyes are popping out of my head from looking at art.” Kathryn was very persuasive. I left the limo for one last gallery visit. We all had to walk the steep and imposing circular staircase to reach the gallery on the upper floors.
I finally made it and immediately stopped when I saw a piece of art that was designed to fit in a corner of a room, on two adjacent walls. We didn’t have room for an object like but I was attracted to the style of the painting, very Henri Émile Benoît Matisse. I caught up with Eliot and we asked the gallerist about the artist, Lulama Wolf. He showed us her work on a laptop and we both immediately spotted “More of Less.” We both are very impulsive and said in unison, “We want it.”
At the time we had no idea how prolific the artist was. We have been following her on Instagram ever since and we get more and more impressed. This is just a small sampling of her work. I couldn’t possibly post all of them. It goes on and on. Watch the video. She is the real deal.