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.

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Product Details
  • Title: Big Five
  • Artist: Mwano, Jaf’r & Dejo
  • Technique: Silkscreen
  • Material: Conservabarth 400 gr/m paper
  • Image Size: 59 x 90 cm
  • Ink Layers: 13
  • Limited Edition: 100 (numbered & signed)
  • Price: On request


Silkscreen printing comes from Japan and became known in Europe around 1930. Another name for an artistic printing is silkscreen printing. To explain the principle behind the technique is quite simple. First a piece of fine mesh made out of silk, polyester or steel is strained on a window frame. Hence the name of the technique is also named after this mesh (literally silkscreen printing). It is a stencil method of print making in which a design is imposed on the fine mesh, with blank areas coated with an impermeable substance. Then ink is forced into the mesh openings by the fill blade and by wetting the substrate. As a result the ink is transferred onto the printing surface during the fill blade stroke. When the screen rebounds away from the substrate the ink remains on the substrate.

Also one color is printed at a time. Therefore several screens can be used to produce a multicolored image or design. Furthermore different ink is needed for different materials. Although the principle behind the technique is simple, making a silkscreen is not. Because craftsmanship is needed to make sure every new layer of ink is printed correctly.

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