Bidding by direct message for an original Greatjoy Ndlovu artwork titled “Kiss Me Fondly” will commence via the Operation Smile South Africa (OSSA) Facebook account on Wednesday, 1 July 2020 for a period of two weeks. Proceeds from the sale of the original piece, commissioned specially for the non-profit organisation, will go towards providing free cleft lip and cleft palate reconstructive surgery to vulnerable children and adults across southern Africa.

The charcoal and oil on canvas artwork is described by Ndlovu as being: “…a piece centred upon a deep need harboured within each and every one of us; the need to be loved.” He continues to say that he chose yellow as the background as it is: “…the most luminous of all the colours in the spectrum, as is it the colour that captures our attention more than any other colour, just like love does when gracefully shown to people. In as much as the illuminating power of sunshine gives life to the universe, likewise, love illuminates our hearts and makes us feel that we belong. This piece is an expression of profound love conveyed to those who need it the most; love not relayed in words but conferred in tender-hearted life-transforming actions.”

Additional information about the silent auction:

  • To view the artwork titled “Kiss Me Fondly” visit the Operation Smile South Africa Facebook page
  • Silent bidding will take place via direct message (DM) on the Facebook account @operationsmileZA from 1 July to 12 July 2020.
  • Bids can also be submitted via email to Ronel Visagie on ronel.visagie@operationsmile.org
  • Bidding starts at R35,000.
  • The highest bidder will be contacted directly by OSSA on 13 July 2020.
"Kiss me fondly" by Greatjoy Ndlovu
“Kiss me fondly” by Greatjoy Ndlovu

Additional information about the artwork:

  • “Kiss Me Fondly” by Greatjoy Ndlovu
  • 100cm x 90cm
  • Charcoal and oil on canvas
  • 2020

Zimbabwean-born Ndlovu is a full-time visual artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa, who has been enjoying a steady rise into art world prominence within South Africa with exhibitions at national art fairs and galleries. His current body of work renders more of its focus on the portrayal of masculinity, identity and the abstract representation of the nature of thought conceptions, particularly in light of mindset generation as expressed in his 2019 series “Conversations of a Man”. His principal theme revolves around merging motion and emotion to arouse mental images wrapped in synchrony to his style of art.

Apart from art, Ndlovu is also a philanthropist, working alongside non-profit organisations such as the Operation Smile South Africa and the SOS Children’s Village. He believes charity, work ethic, education and creativity serve as key catalysts to the development of our communities.

“We are incredibly fortunate to be working with such an incredible talent,” adds Lauren Bright, Country Manager for Operation Smile South Africa. “Not only does his work speak volumes but so do his actions as an active and passionate ambassador for Operation Smile South Africa.”