By: Natasha Archary
South African artist Nelson Makamo held his first solo exhibition Blue at an LA art gallery last week. Taking to his social media on Wednesday, the Johannesburg-based artist said it was a dream come true.
Featuring 44 pieces of his art, this is also his largest collection ever showcased.
Nelson worked on Blue for 4-years and the collection speaks to changing the global narrative of what it means to be an African child.
The artist is recognised for his charcoal and oil paintings and has had his work showcased in France, Italy, England, the Netherlands, Scotland and Finland.
When asked by Haute Living why he chose LA, Nelson Makamo said that it’s the city where stars are born.
“Besides it being the place where a lot of stars are born. A lot of talent finds it easy to feel at home here. The first time I visited, it just had that,” Nelson said.
Many South African celebrities took the time to congratulate Nelson on this huge accomplishment including Oscar Mbo and Stogie T.
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Blue was started pre-pandemic in 2017 but Nelson’s work has always been about hope. His collection speaks to the activist within him but he uses his art to set a less aggressive tone for the message he wishes to relay.
The concept for the collection came naturally while he was working and the colour blue became the dominant feature.
“That was when I decided I need to look at what blue means and what it represents. I realized it’s one colour that doesn’t have a place of origin. There’s the ocean and the sky but they don’t belong to anyone. It’s resting, calm and hopeful.”