Dominic Benhura, an internationally renowned stone sculptor from Zimbabwe and IceBear, an Ojibway artist from Vancouver Island, successfully completed their collaborative work of art at Ukama Gallery.

Called Mother Earth, the sculpture rests on a boat resin base shaped like a drum to represent the drumming that is common to both cultures. The main vertical section features a tree-like form with branches made from lightweight non-toxic 2 part resin.

It is growing upwards from aki — the earth — representing the indigenous tradition of IceBear’s ancestors, the Chippewas of Nawash from the Cape Croker Reserve on Bruce Peninsula in Georgian Bay, Ontario.

From Zimbabwe, nature is represented by a dancing female figure which will be placed within the branches of the vertical section. It is carved by Benhura out of fruit stone, a light-weight stone.

IceBear said the work is about balance, the connection between cause and affect, and the role we have to play as part of Mother Earth.

“We rely on her for so many things,” he said at the gallery. “She’s always been giving to us. All that’s required is for us to give a little back.”

The sculpture connects two artists who work on different sides of the globe. “This is an expression from one aboriginal to another aboriginal, reaching across that great water and finding out what is so common and important to us.”

The two artists started their collaboration digitally and were working on the sculpture for 5 days before the official unveiling ceremony at Ukama Gallery on Granville Island on Sept. 25.

Read full article in the Vancouver Sun.

"Cultural Connections" Unveiling Ceremony - Photos


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LIVE EVENT AT UKAMA GALLERY

On September 20-25, 11:00 - 4:00 PM

Collaborative Live Sculpting with indigenous artists Dominic Benhura (Zimbabwe) and IceBear (Canada), Artist Talks ​

This September, Ukama Gallery brings together two leading lights of the international art world. Against the multicultural backdrop of Vancouver, this meeting will highlight collaboration between artists who are uniquely emblematic of the rich artistic traditions of Canada and Zimbabwe.

Dominic Benhura arrives in Vancouver as a preeminent representative of the world-renowned community of contemporary Zimbabwean stone sculptors. Ojibway artist IceBear comes to the project bringing artistic sensibilities informed by his heritage as a member of the Chippewas of Nawash at Cape Croker on the Bruce Peninsula.

Together, Benhura and IceBear will explore themes common to their respective traditions, themes which are more than ever relevant to our increasingly global human experience: community and environment. The artists will share stories, techniques and traditions, with each other and with the eclectic community of visitors to Granville Island.

Synthesizing this experience, in the context of their distinct indigenous traditions, the artists will combine their talents to create a “Mother Earth” sculpture - an expression of our joined global community through collective local creativity.

Watch in awe, chat for insight, and certainly, enjoy!​

To see amazing works of art by Dominic Benhura and IceBear as well as hundreds of other talented Canadian artists and Zimbabwean sculptors, visit the Ukama Gallery at 1802 Maritime Mews on Granville Island.

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LIVE EVENT at UKAMA GALLERY

Saturday, August 4th, 11-5pm

“My paintings reflect the scope of imagery viewed from the vastness of space or through the lens of a microscope. The contrasting nature of the organic and its window to dream-like places fascinate me”.

Join us at Ukama Gallery to watch Vancouver-based contemporary abstract artist Monica Gewurz creating an evocative mixed media painting on site.

Working with texture and layers, Monica will be showcasing her talent of expressing nature in an abstract way, encouraging the viewer to be moved by its beauty, and creating a mood that will seduce the eye and inspire the spirit.

Watch in awe, chat for insight, and certainly, enjoy!

To see amazing works of art by Monica as well as hundreds of other talented Canadian artists and Zimbabwean sculptors, visit the Ukama Gallery at 1802 Maritime Mews on Granville Island.

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