Zimbabwe Stone Carving Shona Artists
Brighton Layson one of seven children , four boys and three girls. On completion of schooling Brighton joined his brother Aaron Layson in stone carving. He worked with his brother for two years before enrolling in engineering. It was then he stated making sculpting tools to supply to the art industry. Economic hardships forced Brighton to leave engineering. With the death of his brother Aaron, he decided to return to the art of stone carving. He worked at various studios and with other well-known artists. Inspiration with new technics continue his growth.
He views nature as his inspiration.
Passmore was the first- born. So when his father passed away he left school to provide for his family.
Passmore started carving wood in 1992. He sold his carvings in Harare and farms. Salad bowls, spoons, etc. created under the influence of Sadman Nyamhondoro sold. His life improved.
In 1998, when visiting the Tengenenge Arts Community, he and his brother-in-law, Alexander Makaki, began working in stone. They became full-time artists living and working at Tengenenge Art Community.
Passmore’s artistic focus include leaf-bowls, slender Guinneafowl, shells and leaf-heads. His works have been exhibited in France, Holland, South Africa, Germany and Denmark.
During his spare time he likes to fish and listen to songs, which teach people how to live in harmony.
Cyril started sculpting in 2002 when inspired by his brother Moses Mangenda. Cyril started creating small pieces and then moved on to sculpt animals. His first was a rhino. He is now using his skills to create lions, leopards, elephants and abstracts.
He loves working full time with hardest stones. Semi-precious stones like verdite, leopard rock, dolomite lapidolite are favourites.
“In the future, I wish to go abroad to exhibit my works”
Emmanuel started stone carving on completing school. He moved to Chitungwiza to work with Tamuka Munjunja (late) the Chikwanha Centre. Emmanuel assisted him by doing the finishing and learned about creating sculpture. After the death of Tamuka, he became a member of Chitungwiza Art Centre, where he is currently working.
Emmanuel’s favourite stones to sculpt are lapidolite, verdite, dolomite and leopard rock.
Emmanuel loves to sculpt animals and human figures.
Stabben finished school to become a medical assistant at the Red Cross Society. A year later he became a teacher at Risitu secondary school in Chimanimani. In 1986 he took a course in building at Trojan mine in Bindura. After achieving a certificate we worked at St Phillips School for reparation works. Another teacher was active in trading stone sculptures. It was the start of Stabben creating stone sculptures.
The personal importance of stone sculpting took him to the Chapungu Art Gallery. At Chapungu he met Tom Blomefield who convinced him to move to the Tengenenge Art Community in 1987. Stabben developed creations of shooting flowers, elephants, chameleons and smiling hipppos. In the early 90's, he produced the “shy lady’ - an African woman admirable to her husband’s parents. This sculpture won an award in 2006 at the National Arts Merit Awards. He received certificate, a shield, tools and a cash prize of ten million dollars.