Nelson Mandela was an inspiration to South Africans and the world. Leaving behind a lasting legacy. In this painting, he is symbolised by a black flamingo flying into the light and against the wind, changing the course of – and thereby inspiring – the other flamingos. This is juxtaposed against the ancient continent of Africa, where South Africa can be seen to be one of the most beautiful countries of all. The wines are served on the carefully laid ‘Table’ Mountain, awaiting the arrival of the Big Five; the lion, the black rhinoceros, the African elephant, the Cape buffalo and the leopard.
>>Video: Toyism Big Five revealed at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
- Title: Big Five
- Artists: Jaf’r, Mwano & Dejo
- Year: 2014
- Technique: Acrylic
- Material: Canvas
- Size: 120 x 150 cm
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Toyism paintings are nothing if not bizarre but recognizable imageries drawn from reality, the surreal, and fantasy. The intense play of lines, shapes, dots and colors is intended to help open the viewer’s mind. And to critical thinking about the human condition in the present day world. Toyism is figurative, contemporary and based on a story. These stories can cover all kinds of subjects, from happy to critical or serious subjects. Toyism paintings are very labour intensive. Every painting consist of several layers of paint. Making the colours bright and vibrant and able to withstand the test of time.
Paintings are created by a mixed group of professional artists from around the world with diverse cultural backgrounds and working in various disciplines. Yet all artists have a like-minded view of how to experience this art and inspire each other. No matter their own backgrounds or beliefs, everyone can express themselves in this style without losing their own value or feeling. Therefore every toyist can influence and enrich the style. Hence toyists tell their own story and depict it.