Hemingways Eden features an extensive private collection of artworks with paintings, sculptures and ceramics. Expressionistic canvases and extraordinary works on paper hang alongside bronze sculptures and delicate ceramics.
Hemingways Eden features an extensive private collection of original artworks with paintings, sculptures and ceramics by the Trzebinski family.
Expressionistic canvases and extraordinary works on paper, hang alongside bronze sculptures and delicate ceramics.
Born in Kenya and trained at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, Tonio Trzebinski (1960- 2001) was initially influenced by figurative realism.
Upon returning to Kenya (1988), a period of experimentation with media and techniques followed in search for his artistic identity. Trzebinski moved towards abstraction but seemed frustrated with its “limitations,” and three-dimensional elements appeared in his works, which often dealt with death and decay in nature.
In his later works, Trzebinski reached back to figurative and representational painting. He investigated the subject of the head through “re-inventing” highly expressionistic versions of the head, utilizing violent and textural brushstrokes.
Cape Town-based Kenyan-born artist, Stanislaw Trzebinski’s artistic practice draws from the experiences that make up the landscape of both his physical and psychological childhood memories.
Trzebinski’s attention to detail in the execution of the organic elements ignites the similar childhood wonder and curiosity that he had experienced with his father, the resulting surfaces demanding closer inspection. The presence of the female figure suggests a reference to historical depictions of the feminine as the embodiment of nature. This symbol of ‘mother nature’ creates a conceptual canvas, onto which Trzebinski works.
The depiction of these natural forms integrated with the figurative elements attempts to recreate these memories for the audience and also pays tribute to the excellence of design present in the natural world. Experiencing the works invoke feelings of nostalgia, capturing memories of amazement and curiosity that implore viewers to engage their own innate connection to nature – or their lack thereof.
Formally, the sculptures begin to form a narrative when seen in context to each other. Some figures are more abstracted and some seem less overwhelmed by their natural components. Organic forms and shapes overtake and distort the human form in specific pieces, while others seem in contrast. The figure and the organic components fusing to become neither figure nor nature but existing, perhaps, as a contemporary version of the relationship between the two main components.
The richness of the patina finishes further echoes this connection as it oxidizes and changes over time. This invites an ongoing back and forth dynamic between the interaction of man and nature.
Lana was born in Mombasa, Kenya in 1993. She grew up in a family of sculptors, designers, painters, architects, interior designers, filmmakers and writers.
When Lana finished school she decided to head to Bali, Indonesia where she created her first clothing collection. Soon after, she began designing garments made in Kenya with recycled brass jewelry in West African fabric. A few years later Lana decided to focus her attention entirely on her own brand, which led her to create works in ceramics, beaded garments and accessories, and brass and horn jewelry.
Lana works with various skilled Kenyan artisans to bring her vision to life. She sculpts her ceramic works using Kenyan clay, the texture is created by hand and she makes her own glazes so they are unique to her work. Each piece is one of a kind.
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