Local artist celebrates Salah

By Avinesh Naidoo

Liverpool hero Mohamed Salah inspired renowned Chatsworth portrait artist Collin Sabapathy to immortalize him in an oil painting ahead of the Champions League final in Kiev. Sabapathy’s work is in collections in no fewer than 35 countries across the

His portrait of President Thabo Mbeki hung in the Union Buildings in Pretoria. The former curator and art teacher with a postgraduate degree in fine art from the University of Durban-Westville now paints from his home studio in Chatsworth, Durban. His artistic pedigree is exceptional by any stretch of the imagination with his teachers and peers too having achieved international acclaim.

Special commissions include a series of 20 original oils for the book covers of MicroMega Publications series on South African heroes. More recently, his portraits of KwaZulu-Natal premier Willies Mchunu and Order of Luthuli awardee Swaminathan Gounden received critical acclaim. “I have followed Salah’s career with such keen
interest. He has set the footballing world alight and I wanted to capture that in the best way I know how,” said Sabapathy.

He added that with the conflicts and misunderstandings raging in the world Salah represents a beautiful bridge between cultures, faiths and nations.

Durban art collector Kiru Naidoo has several of Sabapathy’s works in his collection and has been actively promoting him. Said Naidoo: “His work is exceptional and has great investment value. In my book, the quality of his textured brushwork and the emotions he is able to capture puts him in the category of a Stern or Sekoto.

Sabapathy is one of the finds of the decade in South African art.” Offers have been rolling in for the Salah original as well as the limited edition signed canvas prints.

Closed bids are welcome. Email anivesh@mweb.co.za

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