A collection of original oil paintings by Cape Town based writer, artist and futurist Michael Lee will be exhibited in The Forum at the Victoria and Alfred Hotel, V&A Waterfront, from 19 to 22 March 2017.
Entitled ‘A Bridge of Light’, the solo exhibition will comprise a diverse range of Lee’s monochrome, soft colour and full colour works. Among the collection will be Lee’s ‘Inspired’ series. This consists of two massive canvases that feature evocative portraits of well-known South Africans who have played a significant role in politics, history, sport, culture, literature, medicine or business.
These include the four Nobel Peace Prize winners, Nelson Mandela, FW de Klerk, Albert Luthuli and Desmond Tutu, as well as Jan Smuts, Sol Plaatje, Nadine Gordimer, Thuli Madonsela, Prof Christiaan Barnard, Robert Sobukwe, Helen Suzman, Gary Player, Jacques Kallis, Thabo Mbeki, Athol Fugard, Helen Zille, Miriam Makeba, Alan Paton, Dr Beyers Naude, Sol Kerzner, Charlize Theron, Clem Sunter, Trevor Manuel, Chad le Clos and Francois Pienaar.
Also on display will be Lee’s 50th anniversary portrait commemorating the world’s first human heart transplant at Groote Schuur Hospital in 1967, as well as a satirical portrait of President Jacob Zuma entitled ‘Dial 666 for special offers.’
Celebrating the power of art in the South African context, Lee seeks to “inspire all visitors through powerful images. We live in times of turmoil in our land and abroad, and the viewing experience aims to refresh, energise and uplift,” said Lee. “Each work stands on its own as a unique expression.”
The public is invited to visit the exhibition from 10h00 to 19h30 daily and entry is free. The artist will conduct a free guided tour of his art works at 18h30 daily to explain their origin, style, motivation and meaning.