HS Wine House on Friday registered one of the lowest patronages during an art exhibition by James Tambula.
The show was part of the solo exhibitions the upmarket club organises to promote artists.
According to the artist and organisers, the exhibition attracted less than 25 people and sold few artworks.
In an interview, Tambula said the poor patronage was due to poor organisation.
“I feel like it was not well marketed, but I am happy that we managed to attract some people and they were impressed by the quality of the artwork on display,” he said.
Tambula sold one artwork depicting a father and a son.
“Three other people placed orders on different artworks. So, I would say business wise, it was not bad,” he said.
On behalf of Wine House, organiser of the exhibition Nkhwachi Mhango said the patronage was demoralising, but said they have agreed with the artist to leave his products for some days.
“He is good and the patrons were impressed by his work. We asked him to leave them for display so that those who did not make it can appreciate the work,” he said.
Apart from Wine House, the artist has three selling points. These are the Museum, La Carvena and Jacaranda.
Meanwhile, Tambula who signed for Leaving Artist Emporium, an art gallery that signs several artists, will be travelling to Johannesburg, South Africa for this year’s Turbine Art Fair.
The four-day exhibition will be held at the Turbine Hall from July 12 to 15. n