Fine art: mixed media paintings by Victor Mavedzenge. 2011 releases

Victor Mavedzenge in Studio

Victor Mavedzenge in Studio ,London UK 2011
Victor Mavedzenge in Studio ,London UK 2011 | Source

Who is the Artist Victor Mavedzenge ? - Brief overview

Victor Mavedzenge is a Zimbabwean multi-disciplinary artist currently living and working in London England (2011). He studied for his Masters Degree in Fine Art at The Slade School of Fine art between 2008-2010. Prior to that he studied for a Post Graduate Diploma at Central Saint Martins Byam Shaw campus from 2007-2008. His studies in the latter mentioned years were sponsored with a scholarship from Canon Collins Trust for Southern Africa.

Victor is a painter, poet, art teacher and actor. Within the realm of visual art he also works in Graphic design and digital photo-manipulation. Below is some of his work and personal comments about it.

Photoshop -graphic design.

This license plate was modeled around the old Zimbabwean number plates colors.
This license plate was modeled around the old Zimbabwean number plates colors. | Source

Digital art.Photo-manipulation and Graphic design

This is a sample of a logo designed in Photoshop. The realistic effects all aid to bring the illusion of 3D and a reality to a day to day life object (Zimbabwean License plate). Working with Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, the possibilities are endless, as can be viewed on the artists website.

Photo-merging in Photoshop

Photo manipulation by Victor Mavedzenge using Photoshop.
Photo manipulation by Victor Mavedzenge using Photoshop. | Source

Photo-manipulation using Photoshop.

The image of the "man-horse" was created by merging and blending two images. One of the artist and the other of a horse.

The aim was to give a realistic looking image that is fantastical.

Victor Mavedzenge artwork

Thoughts on poetry

Victor says,"I enjoy reading or listening to poets in song or reading. My favorite being Dambudzo Marechera (late Zimbabwean poet), Linton Kwesi Johnson (Jamaican Dub poet), Bob Dylan among others. Personally I do not like to think of my writings as poetry as such because these are my meditations on paintings. They are the bridge between the energy I feel inside about a painting and the visual ,graphic image that I envision. So words, in a lot of ways help to close that gap for me...sometimes. So I can only consider myself an artist who utilizes what is around him to determine a path to the next thing, words,paint,computers and so on...I enjoy writing it, but usually never reading my own poetry/writings. Its very hard for me."

Love colour and Culture

"Love,colour and culture" is a  about things we embrace and struggle with at the same timepainting
"Love,colour and culture" is a about things we embrace and struggle with at the same timepainting | Source

This cage is me

That some day you will see my face
Upon that day my prayer
Innocence lost without trace
Another day no answers more questions...

read full poem at mavedzenge.com



When

This painting is done in mixed media incorporating, oil paint,coffee grounds and wood glue. It is relatively small in size, measuring 20 x 16 x 1 inches. Titled "When", it is inspired by the essay The Myth of Sisyphus by Camus. The theme is the Human struggle and the mundane aspects of life we find ourselves constantly engaged in a vicious cycle with.

When

Painting inspired by the essay "The Myth of Sisyphus" by the philosopher,Camus.
Painting inspired by the essay "The Myth of Sisyphus" by the philosopher,Camus. | Source

Comments 15 comments

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justom 5 years ago from 41042

Victor, good to put a name to a face. Great hub! This is really good stuff and I'm going to check out you website when I get a break from trying to put mine together. I'm looking forward to seeing (and reading)more of your work. Peace!! Tom


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California Author

Thanks a lot justom.

I appreciate your support. Looking forward to seeing your website! I put mine together myself so I would be happy to help with anything with in my self-taught range.


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epigramman 5 years ago

.....always a wonderful idea to share in and support the art community .... thank you for opening my eyes to something new and exciting ....and it was so very nice to meet you my friend .....


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California Author

Thank you.Very good to meet you too.Looking forward to your hubs.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

I really enjoyed so many things about your hub Victor, the poetry, the insight into your (and our) struggles with the mundane aspects of life, your artistic background! You are a very talented artist in more ways than one.

How do you like photoshop? I can't afford it so a friend just told me about Gimp which does almost anything photoshop can, but it' a free download!

I'm glad Epigramman introduced us and look forward to experiencing more of your great hubs! Take care, Kathi


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California Author

@Fossillady.I totally love photoshop.I have used it for years now and it has become such a fundamental tool in my graphic work.I tried gimp, its a great tool and has photoshops capabilities but I could not get into it since I was already hooked on photoshop.I would say go for gimp, there are many tutorials online for it.Thanks again for passing by.


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alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

Thanks for introducing this artist to me. Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California Author

Thanks Alocsin.This artist is me by the way


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alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

I'm embarrassed not to have made the connection. I was thrown by it being in the third person, rather than the first, I guess.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

I'm entranced! Your sensitivity seems so clear and fine-tuned, though your work is big and wide. Very interesting. Glad to meet you now. Thanks for the follow, too.


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California Author

@Nellieanna.Thank you for your kind comment.Glad to follow your beautiful poetry.


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justom 5 years ago from 41042

Victor, Justin and I were just talking the other day about if we had more $ we'd buy your art. We both really like what you're doing and totally support your it!! Peace!! Tom and Justin!


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California Author

@justom.That is really so encouraging.You have made my day guys,just when I was in a slump you come through like guardian angels.Thank you so so much!


mib56789 5 years ago

Hey Vic! I voted this up and gave it a GOOGLE +1. I'm saving my Facebook "like" for a later date. Don't want to share all the love at one time. Keep the faith man!


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California Author

@mib56789.Thanks for passing through and promoting the article so much,really appreciated. Just finished reading your children's story "An ordinary day", cool!

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