July 12 – September 25, 2019

Ukama Gallery, Granville Island

Ukama Gallery is honoured to welcome Rufaro Ngoma, an acclaimed sculptor from Harare (Zimbabwe). Known internationally for his whimsical, elegant sculptures carved out of the hardest stones, Rufaro Ngoma is returning to Canada.

During his residency at Ukama Gallery, Rufaro will be sculpting from raw stone, showcasing his artistic process, and giving art enthusiasts on Granville Island a rare opportunity to experience Zimbabwean stone carving first-hand.

“I was born an artist, it is inside me, it forces me to sculpt,” says Rufaro “My art is very important to me. It is my message to the world, a universal language that anyone can understand, and it appeals to everyone. Through the language of stone, I can express love, promote peace and share my cultural beliefs.”

With his work in figurative sculpture, Rufaro draws on the rich traditions of African cultures. The human family, the interconnectedness between man and nature and the wisdom of ancestors are intertwined themes in his work. The stone itself is an important source of inspiration. The artist’s dialogue with the stone is dynamic and ongoing throughout the creative process, with his original concepts subject to inspired change. Please join us at Ukama Gallery to become part of this journey.

Contact the Gallery for more details at 778 379 0666 or gallery@ukama.ca

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Rufaro Ngoma was born in 1981 in Nyanga, a beautiful mountainous region near the Mozambique border with a strong sculpting tradition. He completed both his primary and secondary education at Avila Missionary School, excelling in arts and crafts. While he spent much of his years as a young man herding cattle, playing banjo guitar, and moulding animals with clay, these were simply the preliminary steps in aiding Rufaro to pursue a career in carving stone sculpture.

After he left school, Rufaro apprenticed with his cousin Cephas Mashaya. Cephas introduced him to his family’s sculpting workshop in Harare and in 2002 Rufaro was invited to join them. He continues to be an active member of the workshop.

Although he lives in Harare, Rufaro still visits his original rural home in Nyanga frequently and continues to be inspired by the beauty of the region. From small intimate carvings to towering proclamations of art and beauty, Rufaro’s work is highly sought after internationally and his work is collected by both galleries and private collectors throughout Germany, Holland, the UK, South Africa, Canada and the US.


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Artist Talk: June 29, 2019, 5 pm

Artist in Attendance: June 29-30, 2019

On Saturday, June 29, 2019, Ojibway artist, IceBear, will be unveiling his new monumental work, 'The Calling', a contemporary interpretation of The Seven Fires Prophecies. Inspired by the ancient teachings of the Anishinaabe people, 'The Calling' is the embodiment of the artist’s unique Visions that reflect his beliefs about the necessity of understanding the natural world around us. Appearing in a shape of a traditional native drum with bronzed and patinaed sculptures of creatures in high relief, this mixed-media, three-dimensional work offers an environmental message:

“The Seventh Prophecy has come to pass; mankind has been presented with a decision to make, an unmistakeable choice between two paths: Materialism and Greed, or Spirituality and Respect. This has been foretold not just by tribal elders from all over the planet, but also by the world’s best scientists. The warnings are clear. Animals are going extinct in record numbers. Oceans are rising. Forests are burning. Violent storms unleash unprecedented fury and destruction. The Time of the Eighth Fire is at hand. A time of decision, where our choice will lead to Death, or to Life. What will we choose?”

Respect for Mother Earth and all her creatures is always omnipresent in IceBear’s paintings and mixed media works, reflecting his cultural heritage, the mythologies of aboriginal peoples, and the conundrum of being aboriginal in a technological world.

IceBear is a status member of the Chippewas of Nawash at Cape Croker at Georgian Bay in Ontario, currently living and working on Vancouver Island. For more information about the artist, visit our website.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

The world is changing, and danger is everywhere. Creator is calling his children; calling their Spirits

to return home, to the encompassing circle of His protection. He loves them all equally, regardless of

species, shape, size or age.

The Calling is a modern interpretation of this ancient warning. And so IceBear gives it life in contemporary fashion, with present day products replacing the stone, wood or other traditional elements. The primary material used here he has used successfully in a number of artworks before, and he has added in some new ones to push the limits both technically and creatively. Although the conceptual drawing for this work was completed a few years ago, the 3 dimensional version has taken 6 months of daily effort to bring The Calling to life. It appears as a bronzed drum with sculpture in high relief. The drum component is 5 ft in diameter, in places a little more, by a nose, and about 12 inches deep. Weight when complete is expected to be about 100 pounds.


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Jun 22– Jun 23, 12 - 5 PM

Ukama Gallery, 1802 Maritime Mews, Granville Island

Average sea levels have risen along most of the B.C. coast over the past century. While scientists rely on charts and graphs when presenting the effects of climate change on water levels, Vancouver-based artist Monica Gewurz, who is both a scientist and an artist, decided to create a series of paintings to bring awareness to this important environmental issue in hopes of inspiring action. Ethereal sea-scapes and jewelry in this exhibit are the artist’s personal way of connecting with the physical and spiritual aspects of nature. Gewurz offers an abstract interpretation of our precious environment that is being threatened by climate change and rising water levels, expressing the power and beauty of our world's oceans. Her mixed media paintings are inspired by water’s reflections, textures, colours and patterns, that are everywhere evident in the Canadian west coast. Meet the artist at Ukama Gallery, watch her paint, chat for insight!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/345356286054574/


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