Thursday, June 3, 2010

Sculptors Create Unique South African Art

World Cup fans looking for a break from watching the art of soccer can slip out to see a different kind of artist at work in the heart of Natal Midlands, it's home to South Africa's most remarkable groups of artists

In this sculpting studio at the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains --winged elephants sit next to birds, sculpted lions and flying warthogs.

The artists here work tirelessly to perfect their pieces. Each one is hugely imaginative and all involve animals or references to life and nature in some way.

Victor Shabalala is one of Ardmore studio's most accomplished sculptors. His work is exhibited in Christie's of London, and sold internationally.

Petros Gumbi has been sculpting with Ardmore since 1999. Gumbi previously bagged groceries at the supermarket, but he has clearly found his calling with clay.

After the pieces are painted with painstaking attention to detail, they are glazed and fired, before finding their way to a showroom, gallery or shop.

Mark Read is the owner of a upscale gallery in Johannesburg. Read has has exhibited Ardmore pieces in his gallery and says he is a big fan of their work.

Ardmore pieces are now sold in stores in Johannesburg and Cape Town, as well as exhibited around the world.

Source: Ebru News

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