Artist tributes to Nelson Mandela light up the Internet

The internet has been lighting up over the past few days with tributes following the sad passing of Nelson Mandela.

One of the great icons of our age, Mandela has defined a generation and for many artists and art lovers, there is no better way of paying tribute than by remembering him in art.

So for a gallery of some of the best art tributes around have a look below. Most of these have been taken from social media feeds and show the varied ways in which Nelson Mandela has been remembered by artists around the world. It is perhaps instructive to reflect on the importance of the man and just how often he is represented in art not just now at this time, but throughout his life and no doubt beyond. Surely the mark of a true icon and a true inspiration.

Paul Don Smith drew this wonderful Mandela stencil on Brick Lane.  It's been there a few months now and hasn't been touched.

Paul Don Smith drew this wonderful Mandela stencil on Brick Lane. It’s been there a few months now and hasn’t been touched.

The Curious Duke Gallery on Whitecross Street posted this statesmanlike portrait of Mandela by Ben Levy

The Curious Duke Gallery on Whitecross Street posted this statesmanlike portrait of Mandela by Ben Levy

Iconic Brazilian street artist Os Gemeos posted this lovely portrait in his immediately identifiable style

Legendary Brazilian street artist Os Gemeos posted this lovely portrait in his immediately identifiable style

French artist Zabou painted this tribute to Mandela in Acton, London sporting an iconic pose and with the South African flag in the background

French artist Zabou painted this tribute to Mandela in an iconic pose and with the South African flag in the background

Street Artist Bambi posted this image

Street Artist Bambi posted this image from a while back on her facebook page

The supremely talented Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra painted this amazing tribute in LA

The supremely talented Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra painted this amazing tribute in LA

incredible French artist Hopare painted this amazing tribute in Paris

incredible French artist Hopare painted this amazing tribute in Paris

Another French based artist, the incredible Patrice Murciano created this stunning portrait.

Another French based artist, the incredible Patrice Murciano created this stunning portrait.

Jimmy C has a unique style using tiny dots of paint.  He created this dynamic portrait of the man.

Australia’s Jimmy C has a unique style using tiny dots of paint. He created this dynamic portrait of the man.

Mandela in ponderous move was posted by Damilola Odusote a talented fine artist from London

Mandela in ponderous move was posted by Damilola Odusote a talented fine artist from London

This portrait by Graffiti could be found on Cheshire Street in London

This portrait by Graffiti could be found on Cheshire Street in London