“Hope” is a wonderfully tactile sculpture. This piece is hand carved from beautiful Cobalt Stone. Unlike other forms of sculpture it is unique since the patterns in the stone cannot be replicated. The piece is carved using a diamond tipped chisel. It is then sanded for literally hours through varying degrees of sand paper until the artist reaches 2500 grade sand paper. The sculpture is then heated and a polish is melted into the stone. Finally it is buffered to leave this wonderfully tactile surface. The stunning colors found within the stone are brought to view on the surface. This piece has a uniform and balanced perspective and would make the ideal center piece for a garden.
Perhaps the perfect ornament to fill that special space. Or maybe a different kind of gift for that special someone or occasion. The sculpture is suitable for inside or outside the home, requiring minimal care. This sculpture comes with a signed certificate of authenticity.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:Washington Msonza, Born 1966. Washington was born in Makumbe, Domboshava district in Zimbabwe. Washington learned to sculpt in Chitungwiza where he spent a lot of his spare time around his brother in-law Albert Mamvura at his workshop. Albert leant his skill from the renowned Nicholas Mukomberanwa an in turn passed the skills down to Washington. Inspired by famous artist like Locadia Ndandarika, Gedion Nyanhongo, Working among such accomplished sculptors enhanced Washington’s skills.
Washington started off in 1988 as an assistant making small sculptures but now his sculptures are exhibited in the finest galleries globally. In 1991 his work was exhibited at the annual Heritage Exhibition of the Zimbabwe National Gallery. His sculptures have also gained popularity with private collectors in South Africa, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Canada and the USA where he has many commissioned works. Washington has led several international international workshops including the International Changchun Sculpture Symposium in China.