The same spirit that inspires artists to create cultural wealth is what drives wealth managers in the work they do to grow and preserve clients’ wealth. Both of these worlds aim to create something meaningful and of real value that will last for generations.

And there are more parallels. Normally, traits and characteristics associated with artists such as inspiration, innovation, hard-learned skills, experience, practice, care and patience are also essential in the wealth management trade. Taking calculated risks is also a factor at times in both fields.

First piece reimagined

Sanlam’s collaboration with young artists aims not only to grow and enrich the cultural wealth of South African art, but also to inspire them to continue the excellence and craft that echoes Sanlam Private Wealth’s own promise: Your wealth, Our craft.

Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi’s personal piece, Walk of Numbers, was the first one selected to be reimagined by five young and upcoming artists.

This piece was created early in Ngqinambi’s internationally acclaimed career and it expresses something truly universal – the human journey. Seemingly without beginning or end, it creates a sense of continuity and repeated endeavour.

According to Ndikhumbule, the artwork references counting from physical steps taken, to the people, experiences, challenges and milestones in his own life heading into his future.

The five artists picked to reinterpret Walk of Numbers are:

  • Illustrator Michael Chandler
  • Pattern creator Renée Rossouw
  • Architect Shaun Gaylard
  • Fashion designer Lukhanyo Mdingi
  • Street artist Evan Sohun

Renée’s rendition

With her work having been showcased at the Venice Biennale, Madrid Art Fair and Design Indaba Exp, Renée Rossouw was one of the artists chosen to reimagine Ndikhumbule Mgqinambi’s mesmerising Walk of Numbers piece.

Colour, geometrics and patterns is what Rassouw’s work focuses on, originally inspired by the Lego sets of the 1980s. In 2013, she started her own South African pattern lab where she creates original, bold works, often working with collaborators and product houses.

Rossouw’s interpretation of the piece comes in a bold, monochromatic lino cut. She created an abstract portrait with one side facing the future and the other, the past.

“I was very fascinated by the people [in Ndikhumbule’s work] and found myself trying to figure out who these people are that he’s representing – what are they feeling and where are they going? And then I sort of took a step back from this project and created this abstract portrait.” she says.

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