Belgravia Gallery is based in Mayfair, London and is run my mother and daughter team Anna Hunter and Laura Walford. The gallery launched Nelson Mandela’s art in 2002 and continues to have Nelson Mandela Art for Sale in its premises both in London and the Surrey Hills. Nelson Mandela’s iconic lithographs and drawings feature places meaningful to him during his lifetime including Robben Island where he spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. Images such as The Window and The Cell show his ability to see positive in the enormous negatives that he faced during his lifetime.
In his Artist Motivation which accompanies the My Robben Island Series of lithographs, Nelson Mandela says
“Today when I look at Robben Island I see it as a celebration of the struggle and a symbol of the finest qualities of the human spirit, rather than as a monument to the brutal tyranny and oppression of apartheid.
Robben Island is a place where courage endured in the face of endless hardship, a place where people kept on believing when it seemed their dreams were hopeless and a place where wisdom and determination overcame fear and human frailty.
It is true that Robben Island was once a place of darkness, but out of that darkness has come a wonderful brightness, a light so powerful that it could not be hidden behind prison walls, held back by prison bars or hemmed in by the surrounding sea.
In these sketches entitled: My Robben Island, I have attempted to colour the island sketches in ways that reflect the positive light in which I view it. This is what I would like to share with people around the world and, hopefully, also project the idea that even the most fantastic dreams can be achieved if we are prepared to endure life’s challenges.”
Nelson Mandela spoke to Belgravia Gallery Directors Anna Hunter and Laura Walford during their meetings with him about how touched he was that people around the world were purchasing his art and that it had been received so favourably by the public. He told them how much he had enjoyed creating the images and said that if he was ever allowed to retire he would like to become a full time artist! For more information on Nelson Mandela Art for sale please contact the gallery – 020 7495 1010 or www.belgraviagallery.com