George Mnyalaza Milwa Pemba (South African, 1912-2001)
Pennies from heaven signed and dated 'MPEMBA 74' (upper centre) oil on board 50.5 x 40.5 cm (19 7/8 x 15 15/16in).
As Sarah Hudleston remarks of a related work, Pennies from Heaven (1980), "a theme of wish-fulfillment, dreams coming true and heavingly rewards showering from the sky are the basis of a number of paintings like this, produced over a number of years. They reflect the power of hope in the face of great poverty and deprivation in the artist's community".
BIBLIGRAPHY: S. Hudleston, Against all Odds - George Pemba: His Life and Works, (Johannesburg, 1996), p.135