Zimbabwe Shona Sculpture

Colleen Madamombe

Knowlton Collection
Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania USA

17.5" high
14.5" wide
Done with
my Dusting
Springstone Serpentine
$ 1,800
14.5" high
13.5" wide
Waiting for You
Springstone Serpentine
$ 1,550
16" high
Waking Up
14.5" wide
Springstone Serpentine
$ 1,600
Coleen Madamombe

Born in 1964 in Harare, Zimbabwe Coleen is the leading woman artist in Zimbabwe, and has become an established figure amongst the second generation of Zimbabwean stone sculptors. She attended school at Kutama Mission from 1974 to 1984, in the Zvimba rural area. After leaving school she applied to B.A.T. Workshop School and was accepted. The course was for one year and covered many different aspects of art. She excelled in the field of sculpture. On completion of her year at B.A.T. in 1986 she married Fabien Madamombe, also a sculptor, and together they set up their studio and she began sculpting full time. In 1991 her work attracted the attention of Roy Guthrie, and she was invited to work at the Chapungu Sculpture Park for a period of three years in the artists residency program. She won the award for Best Female Artist of Zimbabwe at the National Gallery consecutively over three years time.

Coleen has five children and they have had a deep influence on her work. In 1993 she sculpted an intense piece entitled "The Birth" considered internationally to be amongst the finest art from Zimbabwe in recent years.
Coleen works predominantly in hard black Springstone Serpentine, often using the outer blanket of stone to emphasize abundant clothing and creating many different textures to contrast with the polished surfaces of the hands and face.

Coleen Madamombe's work has been exhibited in Stone Sculpture from Zimbabwe, Expo'92, Seville, Spain and in 1993 at the Stone Sculpture from Zimbabwe, Dusseldorf, Germany. Soul in Stone in Sydney, Australia; Stone Sculpture from Zimbabwe, Wuppertal, Germany; Stone Sculpture from Zimbabwe, Galerie Im Schlobarten, Gauangeloch, Germany, 1994; Maderne Afrikanische Kunst-Die Steinbidhauer Aus Zimbabwe, Palmengarten, Frankfurt, Germany, Zimbabwe Stone Sculpture-The Second Generation, Millifield, England, 1995. She has also exhibited at the Commonwealth Institute, London, England, Monerne Afrikanische Kunst-Die Steinbildhauer Aus Zimbabwe, Westfalen Park, Dortmund, Germany; The Second Generation from Zimbabwe, Galerie Im Schlobgarten, Gauangeloch, Germany, Permanent Collection of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare. Coleen's work has been exhibited in the United States at Sculpture in the Park, Loveland, Colorado, New York City, Washington, D.C., Hartford, Connecticut, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, Princeton, New Jersey and Newport Rhode Island.

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