Archive for September 1, 2013

Artist of the moment……Shona artist Gedion Nyanhongo

Gedion Nyanhongo is a sculptor born in Nyanga, Zimbabwe in the year 1967.  The Nyanhongo family  tree includes many professional artists the first profiled here was Agnes. I enjoy reading about the history of any family produces multiple generations of artists. Some families profiled here include the Wyeths, the Peales, the Gruppe family, and the many Inuit families of artists an example would be the Ashevak family. A family from the Aboriginal style of artisans would be the Petyarre. Each culture usually has a family or two whose sole purpose seems to be to create art! Gedion Nyanhongo was born into one of these families embedded in the national culture of the country.

Gedion’s father Claud Nyanhongo was considered a first generation shona sculptor as he shona sculpture began in the late 1950s.

Gedion worked a period of time as an apprentice to an older established artist friend of his father named Joseph Ndandarika. Below an example of Ndandarika’s art.

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In this clip a brief interview with Gedion Nyanhongo:

In this clip we go to a gallery show:

A link to the website off Gedion Nyanhongo:

http://www.gedionnyanhongo.com/

Gedion Nyanhongo works out of Zimbabwe and Phoenix, Arizona.

Gedion has a son named Courage who is also a professional sculptor.

Sold his first sculpture at the age of nine to a woman from Hong Kong. The sculpture he made was of the moon.

Married with four children.

price range information: Sorry none available

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Artist of the moment…..Pitseolak Qimirpik

Pitseolak Qimirpik is an Inuit artist born in Iqaluit, Nunavut Territory, Canada born in the year 1967. Both his parents are carvers from Lake Harbour also known as Kimmirut. Qimirpik is best known for his lovely owls.

Started exhibiting in 1985.

In this clip we view an owl by Pitseolak Qimirpik:

price range information: Most works priced between $1500 and $6,000.

No more information on this artist.

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