b. 1948, South Africa
Acrylic on canvas
National Museum of African Art, purchased with funds provided by the Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, 96-23-1
“Brilliant gesture! A Khoi San myth recounts how a girl dancing around an evening fire threw glowing embers into the night sky, where they remained as a wide, shimmering pathway illuminating the celestial firmament: the Milky Way. To set the historic frame of deep time, Gavin Jantjes rendered the dancing figures in a style reminiscent of southern Africa’s ancient rock paintings.
African Cosmos: Stellar Arts shows how the sun, moon, stars, and the phenomena of lightning and rainbows inspired the arts of Africa for thousands of years. “
From the African Cosmos: Stellar Arts exhibition