The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: John Sampson Creates 'Potpourri'

Visual artist John Sampson will display some of his artworks in an exhibition entitled 'Potpourri' at the FNCC Gallery. The artist describes the up-coming exhibition as "serious, funny, even hilarious, but most of all, real".

The exhibition is exactly what the title says it is - a mix of works drawn from different portfolios, in different sizes. It speaks to, and of, different conditions at different times and deals with the artist's ongoing concerns about the threat of extinction of the San people and figurative works which deal with aspects of the nude body.

Sampson, who is also working as an art critic in the local print media, has exhibited in Singapore, Finland, Germany, Spain and France, with a total of about 60 exhibitions to his name. His portfolio of small works is based on images which were created as a tribute to Hokusai, the renowned 18th century Japanese graphic artist, whose work had a dramatic impact on the development of Impressionism. These works are based on Hokusai's erotic works in the graphic genre, and his explorations as a prominent tattoo artist of the time.

The larger component of the 'Potpourri' exhibition is abstract works, again based on issues relative to the San. These works often find their genesis in a book of poetry titled 'The Return of the Moon' by the late Stephen Watson. The exhibition will be opened by Proffesor André du Pisani on Monday, March 4 at 18h30 at the FNCC Gallery. The exhibition will run until March 22.

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