Leopard Stone Abstract by Remember Chikuruwo
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“I was born in a family with four sisters and I was the only boy. I learnt stone sculpting from my father Simoriro Chikuruwo. My father owns a Leopard Rock Mine. I began assisting my father in the year 2006 when I had completed my Ordinary education. We do art as a family together with my mother Tambudzai Makuyana.
The story in my art relates to the spiritual animals such as birds, frogs, cats, fish, waves and flowers. When I grew up, I was a hunter so when I want to renew my vigor in creativity I just wander in on memories of mountains and river banks.
I am a Fair and Trade approved artist and I have done workshops with designers from Denmark at events held at the Chitungwiza Arts Centre in 2011 and also in 2013. They taught me how to work on technical drawings. I then transferred to stone sculpture and I made functional art such as lights and bowls. Also I was awarded two certificates upon the complexion of the workshops. I have exhibited my works all over the world in Europe, Africa, America and Asia.” - Remember Chikuruwo
Country of Origin:
- Hand carved in Zimbabwe
- D:6" W:14" H:21"
- Depth x Width x Height
Type of Stone:
- Leopard Stone
- A very hard and rare variety of serpentine stone found only in the smaller mines in eastern Zimbabwe. It is named leopard stone for its black and white spots and details on a bright and lime green background. Zimbabwe is the only place in the world where you can find Leopard Stone. Only the most skilled artists pick this stone as it is very difficult to carve.
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About Shona Sculpture:
Stone sculpture in Zimbabwe, dating from 1956 until today, is the best-known manifestation of African contemporary art. Northern Zimbabwe has uniquely large amounts of carvable stone. The stone was so important to the people that the name ‘Shona’ is derived from a word in their native language that means ‘house of stone.’ There is no technical artistic training in Shona sculpture. Sculpting skills are passed down through families and the large and hard stones are carved with only a hammer and chisel. Hemingway Gallery purchases this sculpture directly from the Shona artists in Zimbabwe and has imported the monumental stone artwork since the early 1980s. These fine modern sculptures are unparalleled in both carving skill and design. Hemingway holds long-standing relationships with artists like Bywell Sango, Sylvester Mubayi, Witness Bonjisi and many more.
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Shona Sculpture from Zimbabwe is one of the main focuses of Hemingway Gallery, which was the first gallery to import the monumental stone sculpture to the United States. Brian Gaisford grew up with the Shona artists in Zimbabwe before 1975. Zimbabwe is the only African country with large amounts of carvable stone. The stone was so important to the people of Zimbabwe that the word 'Shona' is derived from a word from their native language that means 'house of stone.' There is no technical artistic training in Shona sculpture. Sculpting skills are passed down through families and the large and hard stones are carved with only hammer and chisel and no modern power tools are used. Themes articulated in stone stem from several beliefs and cultures in the everyday Shona society. These include mythology, rituals, and spiritual ideology. In the words of Bernard Matemera, one of the founders of this movement: "The spirits are everywhere in the air, in the rocks. A rock is like a fruit - like an orange or a banana. You don't eat them without peeling them first. It needs to be opened to be eaten. I open the rocks. The fruit is inside."
Works from first generation Shona sculptors such as Henry Munyaradzi, Sylvestor Mubayi, Josiah Manzi, Bernard Takawira, Nicholas Mukomberanwa, and Bernard Matemera, are much sought after by art collectors worldwide. Hemingway Gallery has had a close relationship with these artists and continues the relationship with the last surviving first generation sculptures (Josiah Manzi and Sylvester Mubayi) and the subsequent generations of artists. Hemingway African Gallery was the first gallery to import Shona sculpture into the United States. It continues as the largest wholesale importer of Zimbabwean art including monumental sculptures that other importers shy away from.
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