By Luckmore Safuli
RENOWNED Victoria Falls-based artist, Lawrence Nyemba has unveiled his latest COVID-19-themed canvas painting, joining other global artists who have harnessed the power of art in raising awareness on the global pandemic.
Discipline, persistence, patience and passion are some of the common qualities of good artists.
Throughout his entire career, celebrated artist Lawrence Nyemba has strived to make use of his passion for art to bring out a lot of emotion and give life to his paintings.
The 28-year old Victoria Falls-based artist has refused to allow the devastating COVID-19 pandemic to take away his passion for painting and instead has found solace in his art.
Nyemba who has made a name with his larger than life and captivating paintings has unveiled his latest COVID-19 inspired painting.
“We have to cope with the situation and find ways to contain the global pandemic. In as far as the painting is concern l had to make use of the old lady in the portrait to raise awareness of the pandemic and in our African culture old age is associated with wisdom,” he said.
The artist whose work is laden with African stories is convinced that as the world finds itself in unchartered waters as a result of the global pandemic, the creative industry has a role to play by harnessing the power of art in bringing hope to humanity.
Nyemba says he looks forward to auctioning the captivating piece of art with a view to assisting some of those who have been affected by the pandemic.
“This is my way of communication as an artist. This is how l get to tell the world different stories and it is my hope to auction this piece of art and assist those families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the artist.
While the Victoria Falls creative industry, curio vendors and the tourism sector have been plunged into uncertainty and financial loss due to COVID-19, Nyemba is positive that the destination will emerge stronger from the seemingly insurmountable crisis.
‘We have to remain optimistic that this global pandemic will come to an end. It will not remain like this, brighter days are certainly on the horizon and we shall once again welcome tourists to our beautiful town,” he said.
The Marondera born artist is not alone on the mission to make use of the creative industry to give the world hope in the midst of the current crisis as a number of artists across the globe have joined the campaign to raise awareness on COVID-19 and celebrate the efforts by the frontline workers.
By Luckmore Safuli