Posts Tagged ‘spirits’

Artist of the moment……….Koomwartok Ashoona



Koomwartok Ashoona is one of the sons of famed Inuit artist Pitseolak Ashoona. Koomwartok Ashoona was born in the year 1930.

The artist had a wife and son who also became professional sculptors. He was based out of Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada for his career.

Koomwartok Ashoona passed away in 1984.

His favorite subject matter included birds, the Goddess of the Sea named Sedna, and spirits.

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Its easy to see that the artist loved to draw and observe animals. His works in stone have a wonderful sense of life due to the flowing and curvy lines.

What a great example of an Inuit family that has had multiple generations of professional working artists!


Artist of the moment…….Bernard Matemera

Bernard Matemera was another first generation Shona artist from Zimbabwe. Bernard Matemera was born in Guruve, Zimbabwe in the year 1946.

The artist spent much of his career based out of the sculpture park at Tengenege Sculpture Community.

The artist was working in the agriculture industry as a driver for tobacco farmers and he happened to meet the owner of the Tengenenge Sculpture Community where many other Shona artists resided due to the bountiful stone deposits located at the farm.

Matemera passed away in 2006.

The artist was internationally renown and collected.

Below a great example of Bernard Matemera:

A favorite theme was animals and wildlife. The artist carved mainly in serpentine.

Matemera was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.

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Artist of the moment…..Henry Munyaradzi

Henry Munyaradzi is among the most well known of the first generation of shona sculptors. Henry Munyaradzi was born in Chipuriro, Zimbabwe in the year 1931. His father was a spiritual leader of his clan. The artist never attended an organized school as part of his upbringing. The artist is renown for his stylized faces in which eyes are made as simple circles and the nose also a very simple shape with straight lines.

Before honing his artistic talents the artist was a blacksmith and like other shona artists worked in the tobacco fields.

In 1967 he decided to move to the art community located in Tengenenge and work on becoming a professional artist. Munyaradzi stayed here until 1975 when he set out to work entirely on his own. This community was started by a tobacco farmer whose property had wonderful stones on it, just perfect for carving. The farmer was also an artist and invited others to share in his pursuit of sculpture and an art  community was born!

The artist has had his work featured on stamps of his country.

A wife named Mary also started an art colony.

In this brief clip a curator talks about a work by Henry Muyaradzi titled “Spirit protecting Orphans.”

Henry Munyaradzi died in 1998 at the age of 57 years old.

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The artist was included in an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City in 1978.