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Moral lessons in art

Impressive, engaging and a lesson to all. A strong strain of modern African impressionism runs through this collage by John Sampson. His exhibition titled “#Gurose #khoa-e di tamase” is on display at the NBIC Innovation Centre on the main campus of the Polytechnic.

Impressive, engaging and a lesson to all. A strong strain of modern African impressionism runs through this collage by John Sampson. His exhibition titled “#Gurose #khoa-e di tamase” is on display at the NBIC Innovation Centre on the main campus of the Polytechnic.

Art enthusiasts have been flocking to the Namibian Business Innovation Centre (NBIC) to get a taste of an impressive array of colour of beautifully arranged pieces in what I call the coolest way of spreading a message. An art exhibition of gaudy works, hosted by the NBIC, has become the talk of the town.
The exhibition by internationally renowned artist, John Sampson, goes by the title “#Gurose #khoa-e di tamase”meaning, “First do no harm”. It is an outrageous celebration of colour with only one aim, to communicate a strong message of awareness and compassion.
Currently on display in the most unusual of places, ‘the NBIC offices’ the exhibition has attracted a lot of attention. Those that have seen Mr Sampson’s work say his work has knocked them out.
Sampson’s work is simply breath taking, I would like to think that when he paints he puts his all in it. Yes, this man lives and breathes his arty creations. Like his previous work ‘Potpourri’, #Gurose #khoa-e di tamase” is drawn from a number of different portfolios, which speak to and about vexing issues in our society and all other societies in general.
I took note of a beautiful painting depicting a three eyed monster in what looks like an expression of anger, a woman laughing with a hand on her mouth and what looks like a road map. I was a little confused as to what Sampson is trying to say in this piece. It all looks too busy to the naked eye, but with art lover goggles its not hard to get drawn into the unharmonious painting with both negative and positive shapes and still come out with an idea of the exhibition’s overriding flavour.
The erotic elements, and figurative works in the exhibition draw attention to the gender issues and debates raging in our society at the moment. Despite the paintings’ titles being in Nama it is quite easy to get the message in the individual pieces, so there, art lovers will not get lost in translation.
Sampson is a prolific artist and also an art critic. He has had exhibitions in Germany, Finland, Singapore and Spain.
#Gurose #khoa-e di tamase” is currently on display at the NBIC Innovative Village until 31 May.

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