Live Shona Sculpting!

We were so excited to have Collen Nyanhongo sculpting in the gallery! Last Saturday Collen created “All For You”, which was sold the same day to a collector who had come to observe. Witnessing the sculpting process and his attention to every detail only  gives one more admiration for Collen’s stunning work. For those of you who were not able to come by, we thought we would bring the gallery to you. We  know  you will enjoy this video of Collen working as much as we enjoyed observing him!

If we missed you last week for the “Infinite Harmony” opening, the stunning Shona Sculptures are still at the gallery and will be on display for the next few weeks.

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Collen Nyanhongo Sculpting at Bonner David Galleries

Don’t miss your chance to see this extraordinary show!                                    (Location and Hours)

Shona Sculpture Opening!

"Infinite Harmony" by Collen Nyanhongo

"Infinite Harmony" by Collen Nyanhongo

Join us at Bonner David Galleries this Thursday October 22, 2009 from 6-9pm for the opening of the Shona Sculpture Show “Infinite Harmony”.

Collen, Moses, Wellington, and Agnes Nyanhongo, a  recognized family in Shona sculpture, as well  Colleen Madamombe will exhibit their latest works of spiritual and figurative art.

Collen and Moses Nyanhongo will be in attending the opening. Moses is the newest member of the Nyanhongo family to join Bonner David Galleries. We are excited to be welcoming him on his first trip to America!

The show also pays a special tribute to Colleen Madamombe, a beloved artist and friend. She passed away on May 31, 2009 and was laid to rest at her rural home in Zvimba, Zimbabwe.   

"My Lovely Daughters" by Colleen Madamombe
“My Lovely Daughters” by Colleen Madamombe




“Her name will go on in history for having uplifted the name of female artists to  the highest level.” -Doreen Sibanda Executive Director of the National Art Gallery


 The evening will also mark the 2009 “Taste of Art” Artwalk hosted by Crave Arizona.  Wine tastings from Washington State wineries will be available at select galleries in Scottsdale, and Bonner David Galleries will be hosting Townshend Cellar.


 For more information about Shona Sculpture or to view the entire show contact us at



Zimbabwe Tradition Makes a Mark on Contemporary Sculpture

The Zimbabwe Sculpture Movement, known internationally as “Shona sculpture,” was born in the late 1950s with the opening of the first National Gallery of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). The inaugural director Frank McEwen established a workshop within the gallery to encourage the creation of indigenous art among the local community.  Before being exiled by the white authorities for the promotion of African art in 1973, McEwen mounted numerous exhibitions at venues such as the Rodin Museum in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  With his art contacts worldwide, it’s little surprise that his endeavor would spawn one of the most significant movements of art in all of Africa.

In 1973 the Shona sculpture movement was brought to a virtual halt due to a civil war and international sanctions against Zimbabwe. During this tumultuous time (lasting almost a decade) few artists sculpted and promotion was virtually non-existent.  However, after the country’s independence in April of 1980, the tradition was reborn.

Today, the Shona Sculpture Movement continues to thrive and evolve, with a new generation of innovative artists embracing this longstanding tradition and sharing with us their experience of contemporary Zimbabwean culture. With a new set of political and cultural influences, the second and third generation sculptors are driven by the social changes occurring as a result of their country’s independence.

Collen Nyanhongo, son of Claud Nyanhongo, a prominent artist among the first generation sculptors, is fast becoming one of the most notable Shona sculptors today. Beginning his career in 1996 after completing a degree in marketing he has won international acclaim, showcasing his work in numerous venues around the world, including France, Holland, England, Germany, South Africa and the United States.

He expresses himself eloquently in the traditional, yet evolving style of Shona stone sculpting while making it clear that his mark will be his own.  His work resonates with the emotions of human life while embodying the richness of African culture.  It speaks of their people and traditions, while at the same time communicating globally of the human condition at large.

Collen would like to invite you to experience the tradition of Shona Sculpture. Watch as he and his team take a project from extraction to an awe inspiring work or art!  

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Special thanks  to C. Stark Designs and Rest Assured


For more information about Collen Nyanhongo, other Shona artists, or commissioning a sculpture contact us at

“Infinite Harmony” Shona Scultpure Show: October 22, 2009 6-9pm at Bonner David Galleries (Location and Hours)

Nate Ronniger paints at Barney's Scottsdale

Our own Nate Ronniger was selected by designer/artist John-Paul Philippé to be an integral member of his team with all of the hand painted wall designs throughout the new Barney’s, Scottsdale.

As part of our own intrigue, as well as a desire to provide all our friends with the inside scoop, we decided it best to interview Nate about the project. Here is what he has to say about his unique experience.


Bonner David: How did you become connected with this project? Did Barney’s approach you?

Ronniger: I actually answered an ad on Craigslist. They were looking for someone to assist John-Paul Philippé who is the main artist for Barney’s. He does all their stores. I basically submitted a resume and they chose me out of hundreds of applicants. It’s funny because I rarely look on Craigslist, but I happened across the ad and it really intrigued me.

Bonner David: How long did it take?

Ronniger: Originally it was supposed to take 2 weeks but it ended up taking 3. Some days we worked for 11 hours. We painted two 100 ft walls, the restaurant, and many other areas. We also installed two huge sculptures, one in the jewelry department and the other outside the doors on the second floor. It was a lot of work, but also a really great experience.

Bonner David: How was it working with John-Paul Philippé?

Ronniger: It was awesome. He works in a completely different way than I do. He basically knew what color palette he was going to use and then did all the planning and design on site. It was amazing to see how he works. From time to time he would ask for my input on how something looked, but most of the time he was spot on. On the other hand, I plan everything out in advance. Also, the project and John-Paul’s work have a lot of geometric influences…which is why I think I connected with it so much. I like to play with geometry and graphic shapes in my own work.

Bonner David: Would you do it again?

Ronniger: In a second! It was so interesting to watch this whole project transform before my eyes. When we started it was a blank canvas. I got to watch the entire progression and be a part of that. It was an amazing experience.

They are opening a new store in Japan. If they are interested I am in!

To view more of Ronniger’s work visit our BDG Contemporary page or


"The Magnificent 7"

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This recent design project sponsored by Scottsdale Fashion Square helps promote the opening of its new east wing.  Read more about the new wing which includes the prestigious Barney’s-New York (Frontdoors). Bonner David Galleries believes it is vital to support our local arts community!  Participating in creative events like this one helps Scottsdale become one of the top art destinations in the world.                                                                                            

Coordinating with artists from all over the country Bonner David Galleries shipped each section to their artists’ studios.  With each body part as a blank canvas, the artists went to work painting in their own signature styles. The only direction given was the use of the color yellow.  As the pieces trickled in one by one, our magnificent muse emerged..             

Our magnificent mannequin will be on display in Scottsdale Fashion Square October 15-18, 2009

While you’re in the area don’t forget to stop by the gallery to say hello we’d love to see you! (Location and Hours)