'When it came to recreating visions of Robben Island, I needed to share this rich experience of culture which to me has a very special meaning. When I initially did the sketches in black chalk the images looked quite bleak. I then thought that it should be a celebration and introduced the bright and cheery colours which I understand have become a new art form and I hope that it will give you as much pleasure as I have had in creating these images." Nelson Mandela, February 2003, Artwork launch on Robben IslandBelgravia Gallery is deeply honoured to be associated with the launch and sale of Original Nelson Mandela Signed Lithographs. Nelson Mandela’s art work is amazing - fresh, bright, well drawn, iconic symbols of the struggle in South Africa and the triumph over the tyranny of the apartheid years. Nelson Mandela’s art works are also unique, historic and extraordinary; it is always fascinating to see art drawn by someone known in a different context. In May 2002, Nelson Mandela began a series of sketches with the subject Robben Island. In the company of a skilled photographer, Grant Warren, Mandela revisited the island, scene of some of his most painful years with its cruel repressive regime. Images of his cell, Table Mountain from the beach, the lighthouse, church, quarry, guard towers and many other scenes were photographed. At Mandela’s home, under the watchful eye of his art teacher Varenka Paschke, a young South African artist, he quickly adapted from being a world leader to a budding artist. Varenka told me she guided her student providing assistance with the basic composition of the sketches and method of the colour applications.