The Importance of Belgravia Gallery & Nelson Mandela’s Art

Belgravia Gallery & Nelson Mandela


What is Art?

When it comes to the question ‘What is Art?’ there is no definitive answer. In fact, such a question itself is classed as a complex philosophical debate.

However, it is accepted by today’s society that Art is primarily a form of representation, may it be a representation of reality or communication, and it is with this notion that makes the artistic works of Nelson Mandela a pivotal point in our history. It is at Belgravia Gallery, located in Mayfair, that the important task of publishing his pictorial struggles and reflections was placed upon.

Belgravia Gallery

For the gallery based on Maddox Street, the idea of selling art as a form of commerce was simply not enough. Belgravia Gallery prides itself with using their skills as a commercial gallery to raise monetary means for charities. It is exactly this reason that they were approached by Nelson Mandela to act as a vehicle to help sell his artworks to raise money for his own charity.

With over 25 years of experience, Belgravia Gallery has proved itself as not just a place to buy or sell art. The mother and daughter team behind the gallery personally advises those who are seeking for that something special.  They understand that in such a fast and dynamic industry, it is not just the current trends but the client’s feel for each piece.

Thanks to being open throughout the year and accessible online at their website or on ArtNet, Belgravia Gallery can be at your needs whenever you need them to be. Due to their vast collection, it is advisable to come to the gallery with an artist or movement in mind. However, if you are looking for something that does not appear on the site, do not hesitate to send an enquiry into the gallery.

The Works of Nelson Mandela

In 2002, Nelson Mandela began his new project of creating sketches now part of the ‘My Robben Island Series’. Inspired by the late John Lennon, Mandela decided to create a series of visual pieces that could be sold to help raise money for his charities, a way for him to give back even more. What he didn’t expect was that the process of creating these images would also act as a form of therapy for the struggles he went through during his life.

With no previous art experiences, Mandela sought out an art tutor who –ironically- was Varenka Paschke, the granddaughter of P.W. Botha, the last leader of South Africa during the Apartheid. Yet, this did not deter him from accepting her as his tutor, displaying the compassion that he was worldly known for.

He adopted the technique, which now can be seen throughout all his sketches, of using charcoal to create strong black outlines and followed by using vibrant colours to represent his reflections.

For ‘My Robben Island Series’ part one and two, Mandela chose places which were highly significant to his life from the lighthouse, the cell and Table Mountain to ward, the guard tower and his window. The series of drawings were produced into a series of high-quality lithographs which were inevitably signed personally by the freedom fighter himself.

The prints are now exclusively available in the UK from Belgravia Gallery.


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