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Stella Shawzin born in Transvaal, South Africa in 1923. She now lives and works from her home in Berkshire, England.

Stella studied painting under the great colourist Martin Bloch in London, followed by her attending the 57th Street Art Students League of New York to study anatomy under George Bridgeman and painting under Frank Vincent DuMond and Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and by a period at the Pratt Institute Workshop for Artists, where she studied graphic techniques. At a young age, preceding her artistic career, Stella originally trained as an actress, singer and dancer, and has appeared in plays and films in England.

Stella is internationally renowned as a sculptor, using marble or cast bronze to create dynamic and dramatic work that celebrates human and animal forms. She ran her own foundry in Constantia, Cape Town, and also produced large-scale sculptures in Carrara, Italy.

In its themes and subjects her work has always been shot with an African thread. Her approach is that each piece is an attempt to “capture and crystallise life’s joys and sorrows”. The focus of here current endeavors is to express the emotional impact of a lifetime in as pure and simple a way as possible.
Stella’s work is held in private and public collections throughout the world.

All my life I have been trying to express my emotions, impressions, conscious or subconscious, always simplifying, trying to get to the essence of what I have felt.Each piece is a part of a whole and with each piece you are striving to capture and crystallise life’s joys and sorrows.

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