Thursday, 16 January 2014

by Elsa Cloete

Nelson Mandela - The Long Walk Is Complete


Title: The long walk is complete
Size: 1m x 78cm
Medium : Oil on canvas

I was overwhelmed with the illness of Mr Nelson Mandela. Being a proud South African I wanted to capture the iconic impact he has on the world through my artwork.

The painting was inspired by the peoples reaction upon hearing about his illness.


The earth symbolizes all the nations he touched worldwide and who shares concern about his critical condition.

The figures without houses: while praying for him and saying their goodbyes they realize the mortality of human beings.

The colour yellow represents hope the sun will shine again.

On the lefthandside is Mr Mandela dressed in one of his famous shirts in a Greek-Roman chariot which was used for races This represents the fight for freedom he fought on behalf of the people. Specifically between black and white, symbolized through the horses. It reminded me of the verse in the Bible where Paul said we all are in the race how we run it is our choice. Mr Mandela chose to run the race with forgiveness and reconciliation. The one rein symbolizes the way he strived to live in unity also shown through his very famous greeting. The rein is out of his hands � symbol of his job is done. The midnight blue space in which he was placed symbolizes that his job is done. His voice silent.

The original work is currently for sale. At the present time, originals are not offered for sale through the Fine Art America secure checkout system. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about purchasing this original by clicking on the picture link below.


Born on 19th October 1946 in Johannesburg. Moved to Heidelberg Tvl. as 4-year-old toddler, where after a few minor locations she still lives today. At the age of 6 years she already decided that she wants to paint.

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Johannesburg, Gauteng - South Africa

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