Piece description from the artist
As a child, I grew up in Rhodesia (now called Zimbabwe), there were several indigenous tribes that lived the territory. Some of whom shared the same tribal lineage and others who came originated from different areas. The masks represent the spirits of ancestors and are used in religious and social events to represent or to control the good and evil forces in the community. When worn they come to life, and are possessed by their spirit during dance performances held before tribal gatherings. Some combine both human as well as animal features to unite man with his natural environment. This bond between man and nature is very important to the tribes' members throughout the ages and have always been used to validate this relationship.
The original paintings are painted on double mounted canvas and measure 16” X 20”. The beards add an additional 5” or 11” below the original canvas.
Raised in Zimbabwe and transplanted to the United States as a teenager, Roger has learned to straddle different worlds and cultures. His unique artistic style reflects his diverse background and myriad cultural influences.
As I turn around and prepare to leave the party, my paintings are celebrations of the last things I’ve observed.
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