Tom Blomefield Zimbabwe Shona Sculpture pioneering promoter dies.

Tom Blomefield (95) one of the initiators and pioneering promoters of contemporary Zimbabwe Shona sculpture has died in Holland. Blomefield who founded Tengenenge Art Community at his farm in Guruve in 1966 died on Wednesday morning. In a statement on facebook, his son Stephen Blomefield said his father will be sorely missed by tens of…

The Contemporary Stone Sculpture Movement of Zimbabwe and its origin

In Zimbabwe, the Shona people were traditionally known as “the People of the Mist”, since they inhabited the mist-shrouded Inyanga Mountains, from whose stone their descendants have been creating extraordinary sculpture over the past century or so. The Shona are the oldest and also the largest ethnic group in the country, and the legendary guardians…

History of the Tengenenge Sculpture Community and how Bloemfield wanted to keep it in the dark ages

Tom Bloemfield is eulogized for having ‘persuaded’ his farm workers to, “try their hand at sculpture” purely for altruistic reasons; out of concern for their livelihoods and after he became aware of a huge deposit of black serpentine (rock) situated on a hill on his farm. This, however, is a fallacy. His farm workers were…

Art Centres Promoting Visual Arts in Zimbabwe

Art centres play an important role in the creation and promotion of visual arts in Zimbabwe. The growth and  development of the Shona Sculpture movement was greatly  influenced by the establishment of formal and informal art centres.