Baboon Skull

Friday Jibu

Medium:

Carved and Sculptured Jacaranda Wood

Dimensions:

40cm x 20cm x 15cm

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Born in 1974, Friday currently lives in Dedza in Mua, Malawi, an area renowned for its woodcarving culture. Friday started carving wood at the young age of ten years. He is currently the fourth generation in his family to devote their lives to woodcarving.

In 2008, Friday travelled to South Africa for the first time to exhibit some of his work in Johannesburg.

In 2009 he met up with Otto du Plessis, who invited him to do a residency at the Bronze Age Art Foundry in Simon’s Town, and has subsequently continued to return every few months.

His present work includes life size carvings of both human and animal skulls in jacaranda wood.

Passionate about the art of carving, Friday also passes on his knowledge through classes at the Kungoni Centre of Culture and Art in Mua, Malawi.

His unique ability, style and technique set him apart from the traditional rural woodcarver, to an artist who creates contemporary pieces of art.

Friday’s work was part of the Southern Guild 2010 collection that was shown at the Johannesburg Art Fair in March 2010

Friday’s pieces can be found in the art collections of Mark Read (Everard Read Gallery) as well as artists, Angus Taylor, David Brown, and Arnaldo Pomodoro.