FREDDY SAM PAINTS MASSIVE MANDELA MURAL

Freddy Sam Nelson Mandela Mural

Local artist Freddy Sam was commissioned by the Maboneng Precinct in Joburg to paint a mural to commemorate Nelson Mandela, as a gift to the city. The mural is ten stories high and is based on the photo below, which was taken by Bob Gosani. It took Freddy Sam four days to do. Apparently is it based on Mandela’s definition of “Ubuntu” i.e. “You cannot be human all by yourself.”

Nelson Mandela

Freddy Sam Nelson Mandela Mural

Freddy Sam

Freddy Sam Nelson Mandela Mural

Image by Bob Gosani. Mural by Freddy Sam.

Images courtesy of Juxtapoz Magazine.

WALL THERAPY 2013 VIDEO

The Wall Therapy festival took place between July 18th and July 28th 2013 in Rochester, New York. 32 artists representing 11 different countries were present at the festival, including our very own Faith47, DALeast and Freddy Sam.

FREDDY SAM AT LIVING WALLS

Photo by Jaime Rojo

Some more updates from Freddy Sam at Living Walls 2013.

Photo by Jaime Rojo

Photos courtesy of Austinmcmanus.com

Photos courtesy of Austinmcmanus.com

Photos courtesy of Austinmcmanus.com

Freddy Sam’s finished piece is tribute to Nelson Mandela and the philosophy of UBUNTU. The animals in the field are springbok. Photo by Jaime Rojo.

Living Walls, The City Speaks, is an annual conference on street art and urbanism that began in August 2010 in the city of Atlanta. Along with changing the urban landscape, the Living Walls conference set out to highlight a number of problems facing the city. Living Walls did not just showcase art, but also built a platform for much-needed dialogue in the city.

The #LW2013 conference will feature 20 dynamic artists from around the world who will produce 20 murals across Atlanta.

The five-day conference is scheduled to capacity with film screenings, lectures, block parties, gallery exhibits and bike tours. All events are free and open to the public.

Find out more: http://livingwallsatl.com

FREDDY SAM AT LIVING WALLS

South African artist, Freddy Sam, is participating in this year’s Living Walls Conference, which started yesterday.

An example of Freddy Sam’s previous work:

Living Walls, The City Speaks, is an annual conference on street art and urbanism that began in August 2010 in the city of Atlanta. Along with changing the urban landscape, the Living Walls conference set out to highlight a number of problems facing the city. Living Walls did not just showcase art, but also built a platform for much-needed dialogue in the city.

The #LW2013 conference will feature 20 dynamic artists from around the world who will produce 20 murals across Atlanta.

The five-day conference is scheduled to capacity with film screenings, lectures, block parties, gallery exhibits and bike tours. All events are free and open to the public.

Find out more: http://livingwallsatl.com

NEW MURAL BY FREDDY SAM IN PHILADELPHIA

South African artist Freddy Sam has been working with the City of Philadelphia Arts Program and students from Sayre High School. He painted this mural called Together Moving Mountains in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Nice one Freddy!

Photos via RJ Rushmore

WALL THERAPY 2013

DALeastDALeast. Photo courtesy of theflopbox.com

Some more updates from DALeast who is currently at Wall Therapy 2013 in Rochester, New York, alongside Faith47 and Freddy Sam.

DALeastDALeast. Photo courtesy of theflopbox.com

DALeastDALeast. Photo courtesy of theflopbox.com

More about Wall Therapy:

WALLTHERAPY [wawl.ther-uh-pee]-noun- a public community-level intervention using mural art as a vehicle to address our collective need for inspiration.

Images heal cities.
Dr. Ian Wilson wanted to give back to Rochester, the city that has given him so much. In 2012, the manifestation of that thank you became WALLTHERAPY, a community level intervention using mural art as a vehicle to address our collective need for inspiration. During this week-long festival, 11 street artists (“therapists”) from across the globe painted (“rehabilitated”) 16 walls, healing the city with new life and energy. The intervention beautified our urban landscape, ignited a community dialogue and inspired Rochesterians to view the Image City, a moniker originally attributed to Kodak, in a proud, new way.

Images save lives.
While WALLTHERAPY heals cities through art, its sister initiative, IMPACT! (IMProving Access to Care by Teleradiology), does its healing by setting up diagnostic imaging sites in developing countries. The connection between art and the medical philanthropy is imagery. Street murals enhance life. Medical X-ray imagery preserves it. Both entities are housed under the Synthesis Collaborative, a 501(c)(3) public charity incorporated in New York State. The organization raises funds to set up teleradiology services within these developing communities and grow a network of volunteer radiologists around the world. These doctors use cloud computing to access images, interpret them and recommend treatment. As a result, afflictions that are commonly misdiagnosed, or missed entirely, are properly diagnosed, saving countless lives. Artists travel to these communities as well, improving life with inspirational murals.

The walls are our vehicle for inspiring and rehabilitating our community. We are intervening visually to address a fundamental collective need of our citizenry, the need for inspiration. In addition and quite literally, the walls on which our “therapists” will paint are being resurfaced and rehabilitated…given new life and energy.

Our inaugural project which took place during July 2011 was entitled “Visual Intervention.” Therefore, this year’s project will officially be known as “WALLTHERAPY… the second movement of Visual Intervention”

http://wall-therapy.com/

WALL THERAPY 2013

Freddy SamFreddy Sam. Photo courtesy of theflopbox.com.

Some more updates from Freddy Sam, DALeast and Faith47 at Wall Therapy 2013 in Rochester, New York.

Freddy SamFreddy Sam. Photo courtesy of theflopbox.com.

Faith47Faith47. Photo courtesy of theflopbox.com.

Faith47Faith47. Photo courtesy of Lisa Barker.

DALeastDALeast. Photo courtesy of Josh Saunders.

DALeastDALeast. Photo courtesy of Jason Wilder.

DALeastDALeast. Photo courtesy of Wall Therapy.

More about Wall Therapy:

WALLTHERAPY [wawl.ther-uh-pee]-noun- a public community-level intervention using mural art as a vehicle to address our collective need for inspiration.

Images heal cities.
Dr. Ian Wilson wanted to give back to Rochester, the city that has given him so much. In 2012, the manifestation of that thank you became WALLTHERAPY, a community level intervention using mural art as a vehicle to address our collective need for inspiration. During this week-long festival, 11 street artists (“therapists”) from across the globe painted (“rehabilitated”) 16 walls, healing the city with new life and energy. The intervention beautified our urban landscape, ignited a community dialogue and inspired Rochesterians to view the Image City, a moniker originally attributed to Kodak, in a proud, new way.

Images save lives.
While WALLTHERAPY heals cities through art, its sister initiative, IMPACT! (IMProving Access to Care by Teleradiology), does its healing by setting up diagnostic imaging sites in developing countries. The connection between art and the medical philanthropy is imagery. Street murals enhance life. Medical X-ray imagery preserves it. Both entities are housed under the Synthesis Collaborative, a 501(c)(3) public charity incorporated in New York State. The organization raises funds to set up teleradiology services within these developing communities and grow a network of volunteer radiologists around the world. These doctors use cloud computing to access images, interpret them and recommend treatment. As a result, afflictions that are commonly misdiagnosed, or missed entirely, are properly diagnosed, saving countless lives. Artists travel to these communities as well, improving life with inspirational murals.

The walls are our vehicle for inspiring and rehabilitating our community. We are intervening visually to address a fundamental collective need of our citizenry, the need for inspiration. In addition and quite literally, the walls on which our “therapists” will paint are being resurfaced and rehabilitated…given new life and energy.

Our inaugural project which took place during July 2011 was entitled “Visual Intervention.” Therefore, this year’s project will officially be known as “WALLTHERAPY… the second movement of Visual Intervention”

http://wall-therapy.com/

WALL THERAPY 2013

Faith 47 Wall Therapy 2013 Photo by Jason WilderFaith 47’s Progress. Photo courtesy of Jason Wilder.

Wall Therapy 2013 has kicked off, and our very own Faith47, Freddy Sam and DALeast are owning it there. Here are some updates from DALeast and Freddy Sam. Hopefully there will be some updates from Faith47 soon as well.

Freddy Sam’s Progress:

Freddy Sam Wall Therapy 2013Photo courtesy of Jason Wilder.

Freddy Sam Wall Therapy 2013Photo courtesy of Jason Wilder.

Freddy Sam Wall Therapy 2013Photo courtesy of blog.vandalog.com

DALeast’s Progress:

DALeast Wall Therapy 2013 Photo courtesy of www.theflopbox.com

DALeast Wall Therapy 2013 Photo courtesy of www.theflopbox.com

More about Wall Therapy:

WALLTHERAPY [wawl.ther-uh-pee]-noun- a public community-level intervention using mural art as a vehicle to address our collective need for inspiration.

Images heal cities.
Dr. Ian Wilson wanted to give back to Rochester, the city that has given him so much. In 2012, the manifestation of that thank you became WALLTHERAPY, a community level intervention using mural art as a vehicle to address our collective need for inspiration. During this week-long festival, 11 street artists (“therapists”) from across the globe painted (“rehabilitated”) 16 walls, healing the city with new life and energy. The intervention beautified our urban landscape, ignited a community dialogue and inspired Rochesterians to view the Image City, a moniker originally attributed to Kodak, in a proud, new way.

Images save lives.
While WALLTHERAPY heals cities through art, its sister initiative, IMPACT! (IMProving Access to Care by Teleradiology), does its healing by setting up diagnostic imaging sites in developing countries. The connection between art and the medical philanthropy is imagery. Street murals enhance life. Medical X-ray imagery preserves it. Both entities are housed under the Synthesis Collaborative, a 501(c)(3) public charity incorporated in New York State. The organization raises funds to set up teleradiology services within these developing communities and grow a network of volunteer radiologists around the world. These doctors use cloud computing to access images, interpret them and recommend treatment. As a result, afflictions that are commonly misdiagnosed, or missed entirely, are properly diagnosed, saving countless lives. Artists travel to these communities as well, improving life with inspirational murals.

The walls are our vehicle for inspiring and rehabilitating our community. We are intervening visually to address a fundamental collective need of our citizenry, the need for inspiration. In addition and quite literally, the walls on which our “therapists” will paint are being resurfaced and rehabilitated…given new life and energy.

Our inaugural project which took place during July 2011 was entitled “Visual Intervention.” Therefore, this year’s project will officially be known as “WALLTHERAPY… the second movement of Visual Intervention”

http://wall-therapy.com/

ABSTRACT STORIES EXHIBITION PHOTOS

Abstract Stories

Last night was the opening of “Abstract Stories”, the latest art exhibition at A Word of Art in Cape Town. The exhibition features: Paul Senyol (CT), Black Koki (CT), Ello (CT), Freddy Sam (CT), AEC Interesni Kazki (Ukraine), Remed (Madrid), 108 (Italy), Ever (Beunos Aires), Andrzej Urbanski (Berlin), Overunder (Reno, Nevada), Joao Lelo (Brazil), Ree Treweek (CT), Jaz (Beunos Aires), Linsey Levendall (Canada), Lxone (France), and Jean de Wet (CT). The exhibition runs from 30 May to 14 July. We went to check it out, and were super impressed with the work on display. If you can get down to the Woodstock Exchange, it is well worth your time to spend an hour or two browsing the gallery.

“Abstract stories is a collaborative exhibition by renowned local and international artists. Each artist has a story to tell and gives an abstract depiction of life as seen through his eyes. The exhibition explores each artist’s individual creative expression and style.”

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Click on the image below to see the event on Facebook:

WAYS OF SEEING EXHIBITION

Here are some pictures from the new exhibition that just opened at A Word Of Art in Cape Town. If you in the area make sure you check it out before it closes on 9th March 2013.
A photo journal documenting A painting project curated by Ricky Lee Gordon aka Freddy Sam (Cape Town) with international artists in residence KNOW HOPE (Tel Aviv), Gaia (NY), Franco JAZ Fasoli (Buenos Aires)

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