Glasgow School of Art in flames

It’s a very sad day today in Glasgow as the iconic Glasgow School of Art, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh is burning in a huge fire believed to have started when a projector exploded in the basement and the resulting spark set alight some foam being used for an installation. Fire has ripped through the building, destroying work by students who were preparing for their end of year art show. It is believed that the library and archive have also been destroyed.

Glasgow School of Art

Glasgow School of Art

Zimbabwean Artists: George Masarira

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George Masarira is a 23-year-old artist from Zimbabwe. He was born in Gokwe but sadly lost his family at a young age. He says that he always wanted to be an artist and went to the Mzilikazi Arts and Crafts Centre in Bulawayo to study. The centre was first established in 1963 to provide an all round education but especially to encourage young people with artistic talent.

George’s work is bright and colourful, focusing mainly on street life. He loves to paint women going about their daily lives because, he says, its a way to express the joy of a loving family that he wasn’t able to have himself . His tough life has helped forge his talent and his scenes are a true representation of daily life, women chatting, children playing, a mother carrying her child on her back, all in bright colours that reflect the African sun .995284_1431239640443197_2146354988_n

You can find more of George Masarira’s work on his Facebook Page. All art works are available to buy.

Painting by George Masarira (with permission)

Picasso painting burnt

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso (Photo credit: Anastasios Fakinos)

Picasso painting burnt

Read how a mother tried to protect her son from arrest by burning the Picasso painting and other art works that he and other members of a gang had stolen from a Dutch art gallery in 2012.

Zimbabwe artists to feature in Venice exhibition

Artists from Zimbabwe will be taking part in the 2013 Venice Biennale, the 55th International Art Exhibition to take place in the Italian city. The exhibition runs from June 1 to November 24 2013.

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The Zimbabwean artists whose work will be on display are Portia Zvavahera, Michele Mathison, Rashid Jogee, Voti Thebe, Virginia Chihota. The exhibition is curated by Raphael Chikukwa. Mrs Doreen Sibanda, the Director of the Zimbabwe National Art Gallery has been ‘the driving force behind this initiative’.

The title of the exhibition is ‘Dudziro’ and according to the National Gallery website, it will be about ‘re-examining the visions of religious beliefs in relation to the current global politics that question the status quo of the role of religion in society’.

See here for more information about some of  the artists.