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ArtistÔÇÖs innocent demeanour preceeds his paintings

by Jemima Beukes


Namibian-born artist , Immaneul Nicodemus’ paintings are  extremely gloomy and sombre and it is clearly not for the sensitive viewer.
Any sort of artwork, I believe, is the surest way to have a person steal a look into your soul and with his abstract paintings, he succeeded with exactly that.
His paintings are flawless productions of unsettling dreams; the kind that let you sit up straight in the middle of the night - sweat dripping off your forehead, your heart beating, because death is oh so near and you are going to hell.
It gives new meaning to the saying, ‘joy comes in the morning’ because surely, sadness cannot remain forever and at one time, the tide of your current must turn.
Yes, his paintings are unbelievably scary and confrontational; the kind you cannot have in your hallway should you be a lone ranger. It certainly should not be in the children’s room . . . let alone in the foyer.
Nicodemus has the ability to throw you totally off balance and confuse the living daylights out of you. It is clear he wants to send a message but it gets lost in his stream of thoughts, perhaps because he is trying too hard to tell a story.
But a message he certainly gets across, however twisted it may be, because after all, anyone can get a bad feeling.
Yes, his paintings are like the book of Revelations; it will haunt you until the end of day.
When I look at his painting The Silence and the Surprise, it saddens me that there is so much misery in the world. It makes me even sadder that a person should walk around with so much fear in his heart. It is so unfair that a human being must be burdened with so much weight.
Because for me, that painting is a warning to watch your back and tread carefully wherever you go.
It surprised me that he was close to celebrating a sold-out exhibition, because his painting are a clear interpretation of depression and no one needs a doggy-bag of that.
Nicodemus’ painting exhibition is open at the FNCC, Blue Frog Restaurant (former Le Rendez-Vous Restaurant) until the 8th of next month for those who need a spiritual re-awakening and those who love the chill–down-the-spine effect.
About the artist
Nicodemus (26) has been painting ever since he can remember and remembers offending people around him. He joined the College of the Arts (COTA) in 2006 as an arts instructor just one year after he finished high school.
He has taken part in group exhibitions in countries such as Germany and Algeria.. Last year, , he took part in an exhibition in Germany in commemoration of Namibia’s Independence .
Two years before that, he joined a group of artists in Algeria  for a group exhibition at the Pan-Africanism Cultural celebration.
His ongoing exhibition at the FNCC is his first solo exhibition and with 11 of 14 paintings sold at his opening night, his exhibition will prove a huge success.