Welile Dube


Welile Dube is an emerging South African female artist. She was born and bred in Kwa-Zulu Natal and relocated to Johannesburg in 2011. Dube studied Art and design at the Design school of Southern Africa and graduated in 2016. She graduated from Artist Proof studio in 2021 specialising in etching, dry point and linocut techniques. Dube is open to many other paths and careers such as photography, sculpture, portraiture and graphic design as this form a part of her interests. 

Artist statement

This body of work is a reflection of endless love, I never really knew what love was until I became a mother, I birthed the love I never knew existed.

I never knew I could love so unconditionally, I never knew my heart could give so unequivocally. Creating this body of work, I gently placed the babies against mom’s shoulders and some against mom’s chin to emphasize the tie which links mother and child, a pure and immaculate strength as to be never violated. The embossing of flowers and colourful background symbolizes growth and happiness. Being a mom is the toughest job in the world, but it has thought me patience, which inspired me to create a calm series of work that shows a bond between mothers and their children and stability of motherhood.