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Art pieces are for
These are pigment ink
on archival canvas and range in size from a few inches to 3 feet by 3 feet.
Prices start at under $50 up to $275 – very reasonable.
We’ve sold two
already and there is a lot of interest in these works.Stop by and take a look!
Handcrafted Shona Sculptures
from artist Bronson Gengezha of Zimbabwe.
means "great stone house". It is fitting that stone sculpture is the art that most represents the people of Zimbabwe. It is also
referred to as 'Shona Sculpture'.
& Child and Thinking of the Future
Sharing a Piece of Zimbabwe with
Bronson was born in 1981 in Harare, Zimbabwe.
He attended Ellis Robbins Boys’ High School where he excelled in every
subject but took special interest in art history. Bronson credits his
father, Temba Gengezha, as his greatest inspiration to create beautiful
works. From 1975 until his untimely death in 2001, Temba Gengezha’s
sculptures were immensely popular and celebrated both locally and abroad for
their style and artistry.
As a child, Bronson played with
stones on the floor of his father’s workshops but it wasn't until 1998, at the age of 17, that
Bronson began to sculpt stones and hone his artistic vision under the
tutelage of his father. Bronson’s inherent creativity is evident in the
skill, originality and attention to detail which is characteristic of his
work and is so often lacking in the pieces produced by formally
trained young people who study the Shona sculpting tradition in art school.
Bronson looks up to sculptors like Chituwa Jemali and Dominic Benhura
because of their unique style.
Bronson is most often inspired by
nature, everyday life, and the bonds of family. Presently, Bronson’s pieces
can be found in galleries and private collections in Germany, Canada,
Australia, Holland, Japan,
South Africa, and most
recently, the United
Bronson travels to the Kwekwe
mines located 2 hours outside Harare
to hand select raw stones which are then transported to his home workshop. He
prefers to work with colorful stones such as Kwekwe serpentine,
fruit serpentine, verdite, and opal stones. As with most stones collected for
the purpose of sculpting, they are mined without the use of automotive
tools. The raw stones are then transformed using handmade tools such as the
traditional mbezo, rasper, and various handmade chisels and files. No
electric tools are used in the creative process.
Common themes in Bronson’s work include the mother and
child, looking to the future, introspection, and lovers. When talking about
his relationship with the medium of stone, Bronson says, “There is a hidden
spirit inside the stone that can be drawn out. Sometimes just by looking at
the stone it can tell a story and guide your hand.”