Namibia to be highlighted as tourist destination in East Asia

05 Jun 2019 09:20am
WINDHOEK, 03 JUN (NAMPA) - British wildlife portrait and abstract oil artist, Rachel Gray, in collaboration with the Namibian High Commission to Malaysia, is to highlight Namibia as a tourist destination through art exhibition tour in East Asia.
This was revealed by Gray in an interview with Nampa here on Sunday.
She added that this would be part of a one-year long observation of Namibia's Founding President, Sam Nujoma’s 90th birthday celebration.
Gray, who in May completed an 11-day tour of Namibia, capturing photographs of the wildlife with a special focus on endangered species such as the cheetahs and wild dogs, said she would use her personal observation and interactions with the animals to create photo realistic portraits, which she would exhibit in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.
“Her Excellency, the High Commissioner to Malaysia, Anne Mutelo, understood that for my work, I just don’t take Google images and paint them because I feel that they are a bit flat. You don’t get an understanding of the animal,” she said.
Gray shared further that she came into contact with Mutelo in 2018 during a solo art exhibition at the National Art Gallery of Malaysia after which the two began exploring areas of collaboration, particularly to market Namibia’s tourism experience to the East Asian market through the wildlife portraits.
“When I was liaising with [Mutelo], we talked about projects and what we could do and the result was this project, which is aimed to promote Namibian tourism and wildlife,' she said.