Culture in Stone
EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND! NOW OPEN UNTIL 10 JUNE
The exhibition Culture in Stone showcases the work of three artists, each of whom celebrate the art of Shona sculptures by combining ancient cultural heritage with aspects of contemporary life.
Shona sculptures are a timeless signature of the Shona movement, representing the people and culture of Zimbabwe. The three artists interpret themes of everyday life and comment on cultural barriers, as well as many aspects of life in the 21st century.
Gedion Nyanhongo promotes peace in his art, celebrating the theme of love and the spiritual power it can provide. Through his sculptures he reveals endearing elements of Shona culture which invoke these values.
Born into a family of artists, Hilary Manuhwa learned about the tradition of Shona art when assisting his father Damian Manuhwa with waxing and polishing his sculptures. His own work is inspired by his former teacher Gedion Nyanhongo and internationally acclaimed artist Agnes Nyanhongo.
Forging his own vision from his powerful artistic roots, Collen Nyanhongo blends traditional figurative forms into metaphorical abstract expression that transcends his past and establishes him as an eminent world artist. His work has been honoured in Zimbabwe, France, England, South Africa, the United States and other countries.
For more information on the artists: Gedion Nyanhongo, Hilary Manuhwa and Collen Nyanhongo.
Dates: 16 May - 10 June 2012
Opening times: 11am-6pm daily
Venue: gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf,
South Bank, London SE1 9PH