Lot 342 (A Celebration of Zimbabwe's Unique Sculptural Tradition, 5th July 2020)
Reading a story
32cm high by 54cm wide by 28cm deep
Jonathan was born on Christmas day 1974 in Mvurwi. He attended Primary school in Mvurwi and also completed his O levels there.
In 1989 Jonathan’s good friend Square Chikwanda asked him if he would like to come to Tenegenenge sculpture village to try his hand at stone carving. Jonathan agreed and spent six months there learning the basics under Square Chikwanda. Jonathan then decided that rural life was not for him and he moved to Harare. It was there that he met and worked under the tutelage of the late Joseph Ndandarika at the Kentucky Hotel. It was a formative period for the young Jonathan who was taught a great deal by the masterful Ndandarika. His influence can still be seen in Jonathan’s work in such aspects as composition, composure of expression and fluidity of line.
When Ndandarika passed away in 1991, Jonathan move to Hatfield and began to work on his own. In 1997 he joined Chapungu Sculpture Park on the artists residency programme. He is undoubtedly one of the major young talents of Zimbabwean stone sculpture. He is preceded by the likes of Benhura and Supini but is consolidating his position daily. His work can be seen as classical within the Zimbabwean context, as he attempts to give form to his past. An exciting, if not erotic factor in Jonathan’s work is the theme of sexual relations between man and woman,in all their phases. His book reader series has also received wide acclaim and is an area he is currently exploring.
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