Stone: Spring Stone
Dimensions: 21 x 11 x 8 inches
Typical of Eckel's more rounded sculptures, , the sculpture depicts a couple secure and comfortable in themselves, facing the future without a worry in the world. Behind them is their watchful protector whom they know will sacrifice his life for theirs.
Born in 1972 in the Guruve District of Zimbabwe, a region with a strong sculpture tradition. At the age of twenty, Eckel joined his cousin Eno's Chengo at his sculpting studio and stayed there for four years. It is during this time that he decided to devote his life to art.
He later joined the Tengenenge Art Community where he was an active member for eight years. Eckel draws on Tribal mythology for inspiration and his pieces are of a spiritual contemplative nature.
A hallmark of his work is the elaborate detailing of many of his sculptures with intricate chiseling artwork.
His notable group exhibitions include Museum of Modern Art in San Diego in (1997), the Second Agio International Symposium (2005), the African Millennium Foundation Travelling Exhibition (2006), and the Kirstin Dihl competition. His international endeavors include representing Zimbabwe Art in Canada since 2001, German (2008) where he ran workshops teaching children from the ages of eight years to fifteen years of age. His work has been on galleries and collections in the USA, Europe Asia, and Africa.
The most dedicated of artists display a high degree of integrity, never copying and still working entirely by hand, with spontaneity and a confidence in their skills, unrestricted by externally imposed ideas of what their "art" should be. Now, over fifty years on from the first tentative steps towards a new sculptural tradition, many Zimbabwean artists make their living from full-time sculpting and the very best can stand comparison with contemporary sculptors anywhere else.
The sculpture they produce speaks of fundamental human experiences - experiences such as grief, elation, humor, anxiety, and spiritual search - and has always managed to communicate these in a profoundly simple and direct way that is both rare and extremely refreshing.
The artist 'works' together with his stone, and it is believed that 'nothing which exists naturally is inanimate' - it has a spirit and life of its own. One is always aware of the stone's contribution in the finished sculpture and it is indeed fortunate that in Zimbabwe a magnificent range of stones are available from which to choose: hard black springstone, richly colored serpentine and soapstones, firm grey limestone and semi-precious Verdite and Lepidolite.Read More