Spring/Summer 2005 Issue: Volume 3, Issue 2
About the Artist: Phillemon Kapolo is a third-year student at the John Muafangejo Art Centre (JMAC) situated in the Katutura Community Arts Centre in Katutura, Windhoek, Namibia. JMAC was founded at Namibia’s independence with the aim of providing art training, working facilities, and exhibition space to disadvantaged, young Namibian artists. Since then, young artists have moved from JMAC to further training at the College of the Arts, University of Namibia, various media and advertising agencies, and independent careers as professional artists. One of the main fields of training at JMAC has been printmaking. This is due in part to the legacy of John Muafangejo, a Namibian artist who achieved international fame with his lino-prints. Printmaking lends itself very well to the social commentary and protest pictures the young artists are often inspired to create and will continue to have popular appeal in Namibia and elsewhere. The school's Web site can be found at www.universes-in-universe.de/africa/nam/muaf/english.htm.