~ South African Artist Des Khoury ~
Des Khoury was an internationally acclaimed South African artist, composer and sculptor. "My work is valueless to me if it does not help others," he said. Des produced a series of sculptures, some as a tribute to one of his greatest inspirations Nelson Mandela, to raise money for various local charities, including The Way to Happiness.
Before finding fame as a sculptor, Des was a successful composer, his work having been used in TV dramas, talk shows and much more. As a musician, Des toured with the Julian Laxton Band and then founded the highly-successful jazz-fusion group, Theta, in the late 1970s.
Most famously, Des produced a trilogy of Nelson Mandela statues starting with ‘Madiba Magic’, inspired by South Africa’s peaceful transition to democracy. For Des this epochal event was the beginning of the realisation of a prediction by humanitarian and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard 30 years earlier, that "from Southern Africa will spring the next great civilization on this planet…" Proceeds of sales went to a number of charities.
The second was Des’ most treasured assignment, ‘Thunder in Africa’. This work commemorated the historic heavyweight championship fight between Lennox Lewis and Hasim Rahman at Carnival City in April 2001, and depicting Mandela as a young boxer. Des presented it to Lewis, Rahman and Mandela.
For more information about South African artist Des Khoury and his works, please contact Kareen Khoury.