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Portraits of Nelson Mandela

 

NELSON MANDELA, an inspirational leader, world icon for peace, the father of democracy to many, and former president of South Africa have been immortalized in this collection as a tribute by photographic artists Martin and Samantha Osner. These portraits, have been created by combining photography with mixed media art techniques using salt crystal overlays, multilayers, and photomontages. A unique portfolio of fabulous artworks which are printed on high quality textured fine art paper. Furthermore, selected quotes which have been taken from the 1964 Rivonia Trial as well as the book "Long walk to freedom" have also been used at inscriptions and text overlays to complete a tribute to a world leader who may never be forgotten.

Salt of the Earth

By Martin Osner

 
 
An monochrome art portrait of Nelson Mandela created by using salt crystals

Artist: Martin Osner

Salt of the Earth

60 x 63cm R 8 900

90 x 93cm R 18 900

110 x 114cm R 32 000

Inspired by the work of Vik Muniz (1996 "Sugar Children"), this portrait was created by Martin Osner, by overlaying salt crystals onto a charcoal image transfer. The thickness of the crystals was altered by the artist to bring out shadow and highlight depth in the portrait. Two paragraphs of Mandela's famous speech (see below), which he gave at the Rivonia trial where he had been tried for treason, has been inscribed below the print. Besides the theme and texture, the salt also implies the granular texture evident in film emulsion and print enlargements evident in analogue photography. Over the last two years, this portrait has raised over R 180 000 for children's hospice and each year the bid price has increased significantly. Mandela gave himself to the struggle for democracy, deep down he was simply a unique person who cared more about others than himself. He is truly the salt of the earth and his legacy will never die!

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Combining photography with traditional art medium, fine art photographer Martin Osner gives an insight into the making of a unique salt crystal portrait of the great Nelson Mandela. "Salt of the Earth" is an unbelievable artwork of an incredible icon.

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“The time comes in the life of any nation when there remain only two choices - submit or fight. That time has now come to South Africa. We shall not submit and we have no choice but to hit back by all means in our power in defence of our people, our future, and our freedom. During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die” - NELSON MANDELA 20 April 1964

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The Truth of the Human Heart

By Samantha Lee Osner

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Artist: Martin Osner

Salt of the Earth 60x63cm R 9 500

110x114cm R 32 000

An Incredible montage artwork by Samantha Lee Osner. Breaking the portrait up by using subtly toned boxes signifying the colors of Madiba's rainbow nation. A portrait that reminds us of Mandela's vision where all people would be unified as a nation regardless of there skin and heritage. Where love, pride, and tolerance would prevail over hatred and segregation.

Inspired by a Nelson Mandela portrait entitled "Salt of the Earth" her father and mentor, Martin Osner, the concept behind this print had taken the artist about two years to develop. Samantha took my time as she wanted to make sure that her tribute to Madiba would be one of significance.

"I felt like I wanted to create an artwork that presents our South African nation as unified within a rich cultural heritage and diversity. A piece of art that would reflect on Mr. Mandela’s dream to unify the diverse heritage of a nation that would go on to inspire and enlighten the world about the truth of the human spirit"

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." - Long Walk to Freedom NELSON MANDELA

The Truth of the Human Heart

By Samantha Lee Osner

A portrait of Nelson Mandela made up of multiply boxes in different shades

Artist: Samantha Lee Osner

The Truth of the Human Heart  

60 x 63cm R 5 900

110 x 114cm R 11 900

An Incredible montage artwork by Samantha Lee Osner. Breaking the portrait up by using subtly toned boxes signifying the colours of Madiba's rainbow nation. A portrait that reminds us of Mandela's vision where all people would be unified as a nation regardless of there skin and heritage. Where love, pride, and tolerance would prevail over hatred and segregation.

Inspired by a Nelson Mandela portrait entitled "Salt of the Earth" her father and mentor, Martin Osner, the concept behind this print had taken the artist about two years to develop. Samantha took her time as she wanted to make sure that this tribute to Madiba would be one of significance.

"I felt like I wanted to create an artwork that represents our South African nation as unified within a rich cultural heritage and diversity. A piece of art that would reflect on Mr. Mandela’s dream to unify the diverse heritage of a nation that would go on to inspire and enlighten the world about the truth of the human spirit"

"No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." - Long Walk to Freedom NELSON MANDELA

Faceless Society #8 | Mandela the Boxer

By Martin Osner

 
An old poster of Nelson Mandela boxing

Artist: Martin Osner     Limited Edition: 20 

58 x 84cm R 12 900

Signed and Embossed by the artist. Issued with a Certificate of Authenticity.

A limited edition print collection photographed in Hillbrow and Brixton, South Africa, comprising of nine prints which have been exhibited at the Stephanie Hoppen Gallery in London (2008). 

"Faceless Society" is a portfolio of photographs that questions the role leaders they play in society and the legacy they ultimately leave behind. 

Day by day life goes on, year by year society documents itself on walls and subways of the city. Adverts, pinups and news clippings of society leaders and icons like; sports stars, models, actors, and political figures, are pasted up on the walls with bazaar regularity advertising events, gatherings, religious views, art & theatre, etc...

After all, is said and done, time will be the judge of these peoples success and failures.  When generations move on, are these leaders going to look back with pride on their legacy? Or are their families and friends going to wish their faces were rather ripped off the walls and hidden in shame? 

Print No.8 features Nelson Mandela, in his boxing days, one example of one leader whose face should remain up on the walls of our cities and towns with pride.

Inner Calling

by Martin Osner

Artist: Martin Osner

Salt of the Earth 60x63cm R 9 500

110x114cm R 32 000

A colourful abstract portrait depecting Nelson Mandela

Artist: Martin Osner

Inner Calling 

60 x100cm R 8 500

110 x 165cm R 18 500

An interesting artwork made up two faces of the same person. The profile of the left is calm the one of the right-hand side is frustrated. When the faces are overlapped, an impression of Nelson Mandela's face is realized. This print depicts the emotions of what Mandela would have most probably gone through during his life. One of contentment, and pride understanding his calling and achieving his goal of bringing an end to apartheid in South Africa and reuniting a nation, and on the other hand, one of frustration having been jailed for his beliefs and the incredible struggle he endured. 
 

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