Mixed-Media Portraits by Nelson Makamo Reflect Childhood Innocence and Wonder
5 monthes ago - By Colossal
All images © Nelson Makamo, shared with permission
Nelson Makamo is known for his oversized, lively portraits of the children and teens he meets around Johannesburg. Using a distinct blend of acrylic, watercolors, monotypes, silkscreen, and oil paint, the South African artist often delineates their silhouettes with a thick line of charcoal before adding colorful details to their clothing and faces. The resulting works are simultaneously earnest and imbued with a sense of wonder.
Whether posed or engaged in rowdy activities, many of the subjects sport bright, round glasses, emphasizing...
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