To say late statesman Nelson Mandela was an icon is a gross understatement.
The first democratic president’s actions in life have served as inspiration to many, from fellow politicians to sports stars.
Local artist Lorraine Bezuidenhout, 77, was inspired by Madiba (as he is affectionately known) to produce two stunning works of art, both of which drew on his message of hope and reconcilliation.
Each painting contains a special message which encapsulates the theme of the work. The first painting, Ancestoral Status, was painted for an exhibition in Windhoek and Pretoria.
It depicts Mandela in the traditional clothes often worn by young initiates, while a lion, elephant and leopard sit beside him.
The written message on the painting reads: “Weep not, I shall return and my tribe and people will be guided by the wisdom of the one with the long trunk, with the cunning of the spotted one and with the strength of the King of Africa.”
Turning Point, meanwhile, also shows Mandela in traditional initiation clothing beside traditional sculptures and against a backdrop of the South African flag.
It was painted for the department of sport, recreation, arts and culture (Dsrac).
This painting’s message comes from the famous Rivonia Trial: “I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the idea of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an idea for which I hope to live for and to see realised.”