John Murray makes his mark
8000 hours, 5 months, 14 square meters of production… Notting Hill, prepare to lay eyes on our latest piece of breath-taking art!
The mural, inspired by artist John Murray, was originally built in Southern Africa before being flown over to the UK to adorn the walls of our recently refurbished Nando’s in Notting Hill. Taking the form of a striking mosaic, it contains a total of 115 colours, weighs 600kg and uses an array of materials from Venetian Glass, marble and granite to stone and porcelain to make a spectacular entrance to the new restaurant.
This isn’t the first piece of John Murray’s we’ve added to our Southern African art collection, in fact, might say we’re a big fan of his work!
Henk Sefrontein leaves his mark on Nando's Soho
We’re proud to reveal our new mosaic, created especially for our Soho restaurant by South African artist Henk Serfontein. Henk is an award-winning artist whose original artwork is proudly exhibited in our restaurants.
The mosaic, which took a whopping 4,800 hours to complete and made up of over 40,000 ceramic pieces, was made by Spier Arts Academy. Spier Arts Academy offer full-time, employment-based training in mosaic and ceramic applied arts to budding craftsmen. A fitting finale to our Soho restaurant gallery.
Dion Cupido: The Accidental Artist
Amidst the quirky restaurant design of our Orpington Walnuts restaurant, you'll find a Dion Cupido exclusive mural adorning one of our walls - a breath-taking masterpiece of vibrant colours and dramatic brush strokes.
Born in 1973 in South Africa, Dion started painting professionally in 2001 and particularly loves painting portraits, though recently his work has moved to the more abstract type (meaning our piece is even more special!). Dion is self-trained, and spends most of his free time in galleries and attending workshops - to say he's passionate would be an understatement! His particular passion lies in emotional expressiveness, using a bold and confident style. And the crazy thing is, Dion discovered his ability for painting by accident while helping a friend with a school project.
'Coming to London' at Nando's Kings Cross
Nando’s presents our largest mosaic ‘Coming to the city’ from South African artist Clive van den Berg. The prolific Johannesburg-based artist, curator and designer is best known for his work with the Mandela Foundation museum exhibitions and working alongside some of the country’s most exciting designers.
‘Coming To The City’ is a 3m x 18m mosaic created with top students from Spier Arts Academy (Insert link to Art development programme pages). This project took ten Mosaicists 9 months to complete the piece, working a total of 3000 hours.
So what is this massive wall of tiny pieces of mosaic saying exactly? Big, booming cities like London are made up of people from all places and walks of life. The figures show how people form part of the city, and the city forms part of them.