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Safari Dance
By Harold Scott 11/14/2017 9:34 AM Comments


Our latest shipment from South Africa includes some spectacular Ardmore masterpieces. Typically, these monumental works of art do not go on the road to our shows around the country but are reserved for viewing at our Pascoe Gallery in North Miami. We post some on our website but even the best photographs cannot do justice to the impact and impressive scale of these Ardmore masterpieces. Each piece of Ardmore is a unique work of art and new arrivals tend to get snapped up very quickly. Our newest masterpieces will be unveiled at our Ardmore artist demonstration with Fiso Radebe at the Pascoe Gallery on November 16th.

Safari Dance

One of the most remarkable new arrivals is the majestic tableau of dancing elephants, which was inspired by the Safari Dance wallpaper pattern produced by Cole & Son of England. The new collection of Ardmore wallcoverings was launched in January of this year and the range has been a runaway success.

Shauna Dennison, Cole’s Creative Director, first discovered Ardmore at an American exhibition three years ago. She was so drawn to their whimsical narratives that she contacted Fée Halsted for permission to translate Ardmore designs into wallpapers. As well as Safari Dance, Shauna’s favorite design, Cole & Son have launched lush patterns with rhinos, leopards and monkeys, plus images of Ardmore vases, boats and plates. The Cole & Son sample book can be viewed at our gallery during the artist event at the Pascoe Gallery.

The design process has now gone full circle with the Ardmore artists being inspired by the wallpapers to create the Safari Dance ceramic sculpture. The dancing elephants tableau, which stands an impressive 26 inches tall, was sculpted by Sfiso Mvelase and painted by Jabu Nene, two of Ardmore’s most talented artists. In Sfiso’s fantasy world, majestic elephants continue to dance and even kiss as can be seen in his other whimsical Ardmore sculptures. 

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