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Mixed media portraits of Nelson Makamo reflect innocence and childhood miracles

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#Charcoal
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February 12, 2021

Grace Ebert

All images © Nelson Makamo, shared with permission

Nelson Makamo (previously) is known for his oversized, vivid portraits of the children and teenagers he meets in Johannesburg. Using a distinct mix of acrylic, watercolor, monotype, screen printing and oil paint, the South African artist often uses a thick line of charcoal to trace his silhouettes before adding colorful details to clothing and faces. The resulting works are both serious and imbued with a sense of wonder.

Many of the subjects wear light, round glasses and emphasize Makamo’s focus on looking at the world through the lens of childhood. His subjects “embody the peace and harmony that we all strive for in life, the search for eternal joy lies in the child in all of us. We are just so consumed with worldly things that we forget the simplicity of life from a child’s perspective, ”he says in a statement.

Makamo recently closed a solo exhibition at Botho project room this January and you can find more of his dynamic pieces on Artsy and Instagram.

#Charcoal
#Johannesburg
#Children
#Painting
#portraits

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