STRONGMAN IS HERE 2!
The exhibition shows a collection of monumental sculptures created by Kerry Strongman from 25,000 to 45,000 year old New Zealand swamp Kauri. These sculptural works are imposing and transformative, blending ancient and modern sculptural techniques and philosophies. The atmosphere and presence of Kerry Strongman’s work can only be fully appreciated when experienced at first hand. The artist even encourages people to physically touch his work.
Kerry Strongman only produces works that will bring pleasure to the eye as well as the mind. Always in the positive, never in the negative.
The Kauri tree, named ‘Ancient Watcher’ or ‘Guardian’ by the Maori, can attain heights of 40 to 50 metres and trunk diameters of over 5 metres. Kauri trees are a protected species nowadays. All the ancient swamp Kauri wood Kerry Strongman uses has been salvaged from the swamps of the North Island, where the once huge prehistoric forests stood. Strongman not only carves and sculpts the ancient swamp Kauri. He works in many mediums, such as stone, various metals, crystal, amber, bronze, whalebone and jade glass.
Wherever Kerry Strongman’s artworks are placed, they seem to create inspirational environments; some even say they have a calming influence on the viewer and the environment.
Ancestral knowledge and mythology play a significant role in Maori and Pacific culture. The different Maori symbols have diverse meanings and ideas associated with them. This symbolism is expressed in the form of carvings in wood, bone, jade and other stones, but also in songs, dance, weaving and other art forms.
Examples of these mythological, principal forms – from Maori as well as Celtic and European influences – can readily be identified in many of Kerry Strongman’s artworks.
About Kerry Strongman
Born in the King country of Irish, Scottish, European and Maori heritage, Kerry Strongman (1948) retired from the business world 16 years ago to become a full time artist.
Strongman has traveled extensively and draws his artistic inspiration from a wide range of cultural and philosophical viewpoints.
Most of Kerry Strongman’s sculptures find a home in private collections of art collectors who appreciate great forms and extremely rare timber. Artworks by Kerry Strongman have found their way into governmental, commercial and corporate buildings as well. There, the artworks have been put on display in areas such as receptions, lobbies and public art spaces.
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Kerry Strongman – Master Artist:
Kerry Strongman is embraced worldwide by other Shamans and Medicine People as a fully awaken being. He is an incredible wisdom keeper and is a highly respected Elder in his Iwi. “Healing through sculptures created in 25,000-45,000 year old swamp kauri trees,” will be his topic. World renowned for his artworks, which have been purchased by the likes of Shell Oil Company in Holland and exhibited all over the world. His delightful sense of humor brings lightness and laughter to his captivating talks. Kerry Strongman will be speaking at Seven Hills Health Expo on April 15, 2011.
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New Zealand Maori Shaman, Kerry Strongman – Friday, April 15 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
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The story of ‘THE Rivers of Life’& ‘The Ten Path Ways’
the double sided carved Kauri disc
The double sided Disc started its life in the ancient kauri swamps of Northland New Zealand some 25,000 to 45,000 thousand years ago. A great apocalyptic event felled these great giants and covered them with earth and sand. Here they lay until they were salvaged from their resting place to make way for productive farm land. It was at this time Artist sculptor Kerry Strongman salvaged the tree that this wondrous Artifact was created from.
On the side that is named ‘The Rivers of Life’ a rhythmic wave flows around the complete circle of the disc. This represents the river of the life continuum, from mortality to immortality.
The circle of all things living.
The second side represents ‘The Ten pathways’ The ten pathways could be interpreted many ways. For the Artist it is the journey from the beyond to the beyond. From conception to immortality. To Be Free of the mortal. It is said by the ancients that there are ten major “Pathways” or “Journeys” one takes during ones existence here on earth and that it is usually different for all of us.
The artist wishes you safe passage on “Your Life’s Journeys”
The outer edge of the disc represents the circle of life, the universe, the supreme being.
The inner circle of negative or no space represents past. present and future
This story and sculpture and its stories are hereby humbly tendered to you both or your enjoyment and pleasure.
Kerry Strongman Master Artist 9th of September 2010
New Zealand Maori Shaman, Kerry Strongman – Friday, April 15 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Kerry Strongman has been embraced by many Shamans, Tohunga’s (Maori Shaman) and Medicine men from Aboriginal peoples throughout the world. Kerry draws on much inherent and acquired knowledge in creating these special pieces. The atmosphere and presence of Kerry’s work can only be fully appreciated when experienced first hand. Due to much needed healing and understanding throughout the world, Kerry is exhibiting these works in many of the worlds major cities.
The Volkenkunde Museum mentions the two of Kerrys artworks and art route of your works in Leiden on their website. Please visit www.volkenkunde.nl and click on the ‘Lees meer’ (Read more) which are the final words of the text underneath the photo of your artwork ‘To Nurture’ (currently at display at the Museum).