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Thu Sep 10, 2015, 11:08 AM

Artist Nelson Makamo’s Dynamic Portraits of Johannesburg Children

Source: Colossal

With a dizzying flurry of oil paints, watercolors, silkscreen & monotype printing techniques, charcoal, and ink, artist Nelson Makamo captures the daily life of South African children as reflected in their charismatic faces. Based in Johannesburg, Makamo prefers to refer to himself as a storyteller or narrator of what he encounters everyday. “I document each day visually because for me each day is a blessing, being able to capture movements and feelings of people who live around me.” His portraits depict hopeful faces filled with laughter and confidence, awash in spirited dashes of color. Via Salon Ninety One:

Key themes informing Makamo’s practice include the city of Johannesburg with its dizzying dynamism, portraiture, the narrative of the artist’s personal history – an unpolitical archive of personal experience, as well as themes of migration, urbanization, identity, masquerade and the transition from childhood to adulthood. Makamo ultimately strives to communicate a universal experience, which viewers can relate to and access through his artwork.













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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2015, 11:10 AM

1. Those are amazingly expressive.

Thank you.

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Response to Xyzse (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 11, 2015, 09:59 AM

3. You're welcome!

I would love to have a print of that little girl in the first picture.

The colors are just fascinating!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2015, 11:57 AM

2. K&R nt

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri Sep 11, 2015, 10:03 AM

4. Beautiful work.

Bravo!

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