Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013) Limited Edition Prints

Nelson Mandela Art

The Robben Island series was sketched and completed by Nelson Mandela between March and June of 2003

We currently have six limited edition prints of charcoal sketches. Nelson Mandela found these deeply meaningful during the period of his incarceration on the island.

Nelson Mandela Art
at Art Curator Gallery

Original Lithographs by Nelson Mandela:
“My Robben Island Series”

Limited Edition Series XVI/XXX HC

After this edition, they made a series of 500 limited edition prints, which were smaller in size.

The sketches were executed in simple black charcoal lines with selected elements highlighted in pure pastel colours—the symbolism behind Nelson Mandela’s choice in line. Also, colour and composition are significant. Furthermore, colour has substantial symbolic value in African culture. Therefore, this and the simple use of line play a dominant role in all the drawings.

Below you will see “My Robben Island Series 1”, which consists of “the Cell, the Window, the Artists Motivation, all in portrait format, measure 650mm x 500mm. “The Lighthouse, The Church, and The Harbour” are in landscape format.

Michaelis School of fine art, the University of Cape Town by Prof. Stephen Inngs and Tamarind Master Printer Ernestine White, supervised the processing, proofing and printing of the series with the assistance of Russel Jones. All the printing materials and plates were destroyed on completion of the printing of the lithographs.

The Church
 

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013) Limited Edition Prints

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013) Limited Edition Prints

A refuge for the prisoners of Robben Island. The Church was an encouraging anchor in the often troubled times of imprisonment.

The Window

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013) Limited Edition Prints

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013) Limited Edition Prints

This is a symbolic representation of Table Mountain from Nelson Mandela’s prison window. The mountain was not visible from any cell window. Instead, the piece symbolises Mandela’s longing for freedom and beauty.

The Lighthouse

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013) Limited Edition Prints

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013) Limited Edition Prints

The Lighthouse kept all ships away from the dangerous rock shelves which surround Robben Island. But, it was a constant reminder of where they were and how impossible escape was to the prisoners.

The Cell

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013) Limited Edition Prints

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013) Limited Edition Prints

This was Mandela’s ‘home’ for 27 years. He had a few meagre possessions emphasised in colour. These included letters and photographs from family and friends. They were of substantial emotional value to prisoners.

The Harbour

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013) Limited Edition Prints

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013) Limited Edition Prints

The only contact with the outside world came via the harbour. Letters and news came from those on board the ships, and the prisoners received scraps of information that buoyed their hearts.

The Motivation

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013) Limited Edition Prints

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013) Limited Edition Prints

Through the eloquent words of Nelson Mandela, there is an insight into the life he led while in prison. A part of the Motivation reads, “In these sketches… I have attempted to colour the Island sketches in ways that reflect the festive light in which I view it.”
Valued at R1.2 million for the set – This edition is no longer available on the market.

Email info@artcurator.co.za to inquire.

Our beautiful Art Curator Gallery is situated on the Picturesque Lourensford Wine Estate in the Western Cape. We specialise in the Valuations, Buying & Selling of SA Old Masters. 

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2 Comments on Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013) Limited Edition Prints

Trish said : administrator 12 months ago

Dear Strininvasan Thanks so much for your enquiry Henry will send you the Mandela print info today or if you wish you can email him directly at henry@artcurator.co.za Our Art Curator Gallery specialises in the Buying and Selling of SA Old Masters Enjoy your day Warm Regards Trish

Strinivasan Naicker said : Guest 12 months ago

Hi Please email me prices if still available. Thanks Regards Dr S . Naicker

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