Nelson Makamo
May 29 – July 27, 2019

Nelson Makamo

Loo & Lou Gallery in Paris is proud to present the solo exhibition of Johannesburg based artist Nelson Makamo. Makamo has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in South Africa, Europe, England and the US. He has shown in group shows alongside other South African artists including David Koloane, Colbert Mashile, Deborah Bell and William Kentridge.

 

Nelson Makamo

Nelson Makamo

Makamo’s work is strongly influenced by the candid innocents of children. He is particularly drawn to children in rural South Africa, he believes that they embody the peace and harmony we all strive for in life, the search for eternal joy lies in the child within us all, we are just so consumed with worldly things that we forget the simplicity of life through a child’s perspective.

In order to portray his vision of society, Makamo goes through a process of observation that precedes his work. This process, essential in his creation, allows him to immerse himself into the usual and the exceptional of the new South African generation. He has evolved his scope of experience so did his medium of expression, namely charcoal, acrylic, water colors, mono-types, silk screen and oil paintings.

 

Nelson Makamo

Nelson Makamo

He refrains from planning his pieces and opts rather for the canvas and day’s inspiration to lead him. Makamo’s enduring portraits have found a special place in collectors hearts, and speak to something familiar that resides in all of us.

Makamo’s work forms part of a few collections such as those of fashion icon Giorgio Armani, musician Annie Lennox, Hanzehof Zutphense Kunst Collectis, Oprah Winfrey, Ava Duvernay, among others.

 

Nelson Makamo

Makamo currently works as a full time artist from his studio in the heart of Johannesburg. A space he deems to be the most sacred place in the world. His most recent achievement is one of his artwork gracing the special edition of TIME magazine optimist issue cover, guest edited by acclaimed film director Ava Duvernay.

 

Nelson Makamo
May 29 – July 27, 2019 / Loo & Lou Gallery
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