Tells the story of how the unique art form ‘Zimbabwe Stone Sculpture’was born and has come to be world-renowned. Features 15 well-known Zimbabwean artists and their works, the stone sculpture process, and the different types of stone used. The text is illustrated with beautiful photographs.
Stuart Danks was born in 1962 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and holds a BA degree in Geography and Archeology from UCT, South Africa.
Stuart developed his aesthetic appreciation from his late mother, Jean Danks, an artist herself, who served as Chairperson of the Rhodesian Society of Arts in 1975 and Keeper of the Bulawayo National Gallery from 1975 to 1978. As a boy, he often helped her set up exhibitions and she nurtured his enthusiasm for and love of art. He established the Stone Dynamics Gallery in 1986 to provide a much needed platform for younger artists to expose their work. The gallery is now internationally recognized as the incubator for many successful and talented sculptors. He has played a huge role in keeping the Zimbabwe Stone Sculpture art form alive and thriving and has enabled the artists to promote and sell their work whilst continuing to express themselves.
Stuart lives in Victoria Falls with his wife, Sue, who shares his love for African art and wildlife. He is also a qualified Professional Safari Guide in Zimbabwe and an enthusiastic amateur photographer.