Using strong lines and geometric shapes that intersect across the soft pallet backgrounds, Huma lifts the central images, allowing them to remain delicate and expressive in brushwork, but striking within the composition. Huma often uses the imagery of stars and nature within her work, letting the viewer decode the emotion further. This is seen in pieces such as See No Evil, which shows a woman covering her eyes with her hands, exploring how many ignore or don’t respond to wrongdoings. Yet, the flowers that are laced across her hands, called ‘Black-Eyed Susans’, are symbolic of justice, reflecting back out from the painting and adding a layer of hope to the piece.
Huma’s work is not only inspiring through its interesting composition and individual approach to beauty but also through the path it is carving. Like many other artists, Lethabo Huma’s digital portraiture and paintings expose how this medium is evolving into the digital, allowing greater experimentation and resulting in a new wave of art that blurs the boundaries between digital spaces and physical galleries.