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"Wendall Wong: Earthman Sculpture - Earthaearth"
2006-02-20 until 2006-03-04
Muse Gallery, Notting Hill
UK United Kingdom
London-based artist Wendall Wong presents his unique, Rastafari-inspired wood sculptures, "earthaearth" in their first public showing at Notting Hill’s Muse Gallery from 20 February 2006. Born and raised in Arima, Trinidad, Wendall spent over 10 years mastering his craft having first picked up a carving knife in his early twenties. Beginning with calabash pieces, he then progressed onto other works in mahogany and cedar. His ‘earthaearth’ collection features over 20 pieces, some taking a month to create due to the intricate detail and scale. With the majority of this collection being in driftwood shipped from the Caribbean, each piece is completely unique due to the wood’s distinctive qualities.
Inspired by the landscapes of Trinidad as well as his travels through the mountains of Tobago, Cyprus and Malta, Wendall represents the Rastafari approach to naturality in his work by depicting jungle scenes, hunting and local wildlife as well as abstract pieces. Drawing extensively from the bible, Rastafari teachings are also portrayed in sculptures such as ‘Daniel in the Lion’s Den’, ‘Samson and Delilah’, ‘Outta Babylon’ and ‘Babywrong’.
Commenting on his work, Wendall says ‘I feel each piece of wood already has form, speaking its own story to each individual – I merely give birth to what is already there.
Wendall Wong’s ‘Earth a Earth’ Exhibition runs from Monday 20 February - Saturday 4 March 2006 at The Muse, 269 Portobello Road, London W11 1LR.
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