'Mupedza is a gifted young artist'

HARARE - Waison Mupedza is an amazing painter who enjoys creating images depicting the science of “open or infinite space”.

Born in 1973, he lives and works as a full time artist in Harare while also running a workshop studio in Domboshava.

An interesting collection at his studios comprise acrylic paintings on canvas and paper showing the movement of the stars, the elliptical movement of the planets around the sun as well as the moon and solar eclipse.

“In this collection I am exploring the secret of the sky generally. The planets go round not in a complete circle but in elliptical orbit to bring seasons.  If they orbited around in a complete circle then people would not experience different seasons.  They would experience one season.  It becomes dangerous to living organisms. That is what I am trying to capture.”

Waison also loves painting images of animals and has explored the subject thus building a body of work around the theme.  

“I like animals especially zebra because it is my African totem.  I have painted zebras, warthogs, giraffes, rhinos and suricates or meerkats.  I have also painted ostriches, mainly their portraits in different poses and also guinea fowls.”

In his art studio in Domboshava, Waison uses an associate of materials among them canvas, staple gun, acrylic paints, water colour paints, stretchers, brushes, masking tapes, turpentine, paraffin and palette knife. “And the media I use mostly includes acrylics, water colours gouache and sometimes oil paints.”

The artist is inspired by buildings, landscapes, people, towns and cities, reading books, magazines and newspapers.

“When painting I sometimes use monotype and mono-print techniques on some of my small artworks.  On bigger paintings, I just use my hand to paint.

“Other art materials I use to produce art pieces include handmade papers and newspapers as well as glue to produce an impasto effect when wrinkled or contorted.”

Besides painting,  Mupedza is also a calligrapher who does lettering on certificates or diplomas as well as on greeting cards.  “I produce cartoons and also paint cartoons and paint them on walls for creches. 

“I also do illustrations for books.  I have illustrated a book written by the late Celia Winter Irving titled Soottie the Cat at Tengenenge.  I have also illustrated for a local newspaper.”

Waison enjoys sharing his expertise with the less privileged and those aspiring to be professional artists.  “In the past I taught some disabled children in Cheshire Home in Kambuzuma how to draw simple greeting cards and designs showing African village activities.  I also helped some art students who studied about my work in Zimbabwe.”

Waison’s paintings have been exhibited at several galleries around the world.

Australian, Anne Hughes, says Waison’s art is known in Australia:  “His works, depicting African figures and scenes from rural life, have a vibrancy and energy that makes them very appealing. 

“Some show stylised or abstract figures in their natural environment — women at work in the fields with babies on their backs or carrying firewood on their heads, men dancing by the fire, playing a musical instrument or wielding a sickle or hoe. 

“Waison is a gifted young artist who has produced a volume of quality work. Some pieces can be framed and hung others have great appeal as greeting cards for all seasons and occasions. 

“His greeting cards have been reprinted and marketed in Australia.

“They are bright in colour, refreshing in their spontaneity and convey joyful movement, and sometimes, a quiet tranquillity. 

“They tell us much of African tradition and folk stories.”

US Arts manager and promoter Jilly Jarvis particularly likes the acrylic boats paintings which he has done using his palette knife.

Some of his abstracts depicting houses have good composition. 

“Waison’s work expresses his thoughts, feelings and suggestions. Some of his abstracts depicting houses have good composition. His work expresses his thoughts, feelings and suggestions."

Comments (2)

I saw this young man grow up and go to school. From what he did as a boy I knew he was destined for greater heights . Greatness is not given by men but by God.

Moses Kanengoni - 8 December 2014

I saw this young man grow up and go to school. From what he did as a boy I knew he was destined for greater heights . Greatness is not given by men but by God.

Moses Kanengoni - 8 December 2014

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