“My most memorable collaboration” – Esther Mahlangu

    In 2004, Esther Mahlangu was invited to collaborate with Mr Nelson Mandela. She created 6 paintings inspired by Mr Mandela by embellishing prints of drawings that he created in the traditional Ndebele style for which she is globally renowned.
    These important artworks were exhibited for the first time in March 2017 at The Melrose Gallery in association with The House of Mandela.
    95 sets of exquisite fine art prints have been created from these artworks, were signed by Esther and come presented in a special collector’s edition box with a certificate signed by Dr Makaziwe Mandela.

    Mr Nelson Mandela created 6 charcoal drawings of hands in different poses in 2001.
    These were titled: Struggle, Freedom, Imprisonment, Unity, Future and a Written Motivation.
    Esther embellished prints created from these drawings to create this moving series.

    Mam Esther is basically a national treasure.
    She celebrated her 81st birthday in November 2016 to round off an extremely busy and successful year. This included collaborations with John Legend and Belvedere Vodka, BMW at Frieze London and she is currently exhibiting at the British Museum as part of ‘South Africa – 
    The Art of a Nation’.

  • Esther has collaborated with some of the worlds most respected artists, museums, galleries, celebrities and brands.
    These have included the likes of: Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein and Frank Stella when she became the first lady and first African to be invited to participate in the BMW Car Collection. 
    Esther painted a BMW 525 in 1991 that has toured the globe to much acclaim.
    Esther travels adorned in her beautiful traditional Ndebele dress touching the hearts of all who meet her whilst carrying South Africa’s flag high.

Terms: R85 000 plus 15% Vat = R97 750. 50% deposit to secure and the balance prior to delivery. Delivery within approximately 14 working days. Free delivery in South Africa and internationally for the account of the purchaser. This includes a set of 6 prints, signed by Esther Mahlangu and presented in a special collector’s edition House of Mandela box with a certificate signed by Dr Makaziwe Mandela. Prints measure at 59.2cm x 42cm.

The Original Paintings: Anyone interested in acquiring the 6 original paintings from which this series of prints was created can contact craig@themelrosegallery.com to discuss their availability and pricing. Please also contact Craig if you are interested in purchasing any other paintings by Esther Mahlangu.