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Nelson Mandela
The Guard Tower - Mandela, Former South African President, Signed, Robben Island

2003

$12,877.73

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Nelson Mandela, The Guard Tower, Signed Limited Edition Lithograph Many people are unaware that Nelson Mandela turned his hand to art in his 80's as a way of leaving a legacy for his family. He spent time with an art tutor and learnt to draw. This evocative piece is a symbol of the oppressive regime on Robben Island. Mandela’s vision of the tower conveys a palpable sense of menace, which is accentuated by the coils of barbed wire around the base of the guard tower with its sinister curves which are almost tangible as they stretch towards the viewer. In this piece, Nelson Mandela has drawn The Guard Tower on Robben Island. This piece comes in 3 parts. The Colour Lithograph, the Motivation and the Photograph. The colour lithograph bears Nelson Mandela's pencil signature, whilst the signature on the motivation is printed from the plate. The photograph has been signed in pencil by the photographer, Grant Warren. The Artist’s Motivation reads: “Barbed wire fences and ominous towers became a tragic backdrop to life on Robben Island. At the time of my imprisonment, Robben Island was without question the harshest, most iron-fisted prison in the South African penal system. It was a remote and lonely island outpost for both prisoners and prison staff. The racial divide on Robben Island was absolute. There were no black warders and there were no white [prisoners]. Warders demanded a master-servant relationship. There were no watches or clocks on Robben Island, we were dependent on bells and warders whistles and shouts as our time-pieces. In the prison, the towers looked over us throughout the day. In this sketch I have attempted to pull together the two elements that overshadowed our lives for so many years: the towers and the ever-restraining barbed wire. The image shows the harsh reality that reminds me of our sacrifice and endurance, the use of more cheerful colours in this sketch is my way of presenting how we feel today.” An edition of 350 lithographs was launched on Robben Island in 2003.

Details

  • Creator
    Nelson Mandela (1918 - 2013)
  • Creation Year
    2003
  • Dimensions
    Height: 20.08 in. (51 cm)Width: 15.75 in. (40 cm)Depth: 1.58 in. (4 cm)
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  • Gallery Location
    Knowle Lane, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: The Guard Tower1stDibs: LU120714348711

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