Nnamdi Okonkwo – Sculptor

Nnadmi
Any glory or acclaim that ever comes to me
as an artist, I will attribute directly to my mother
and wife, the two people who have stood by me and
have never wavered in their encouragement
and support for me as an artist
.’ Nnamdi Okonkwo

Nnamdi Okonkwo is a sculptor who seeks (in Picasso’s words), to ‘wash away from the soul the dust of everyday life.’ He sees himself as an artist for art’s sake and sees art as a way to ennoble and lift the human spirit.

Born in Nigeria in 1965, Nnamdi studied art at the Institute of Management and Technology in Enugu. He graduated with his BFA in sculpture from Brigham Young University (Hawaii) and completed his MFA in sculpture from BYU (Provo) in 1997.

Nnamdi’s works can be found displayed at various galleries and museums as well as in sculptures gardens and private collections throughout the world. His latest work is a large-scale commission installed in the city of Changsha, China.

View some of Nnamdi’s work
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Contact Nnamdi
nnamdiart@gmail.com

Nnamdi lives and works in Fayetteville, Georgia with his wife, Deidra, and their three children.

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Ed Kuris – Surrey Muse

Edward Stefan Kuris is a painter, sculptor and poet who is an Associate of the Ontario College of Art (OCAD) since the 70s. An abstract figurative painter, Ed makes soapstone, wood and metal sculptures, brass and copper jewelry, and his work has been displayed in numerous solo and juried group shows in Guelph, Toronto, Fergus, Elora, Quebec, Slovak Republic, Cuba, and Japan. Ed has published two poetry chapbooks, heaven from pennies and lifeboats, and his poems have been published in over forty literary journals across Canada and abroad. He also did a poetry voiceover written for a video titled ‘Cast Aside’ about the aesthetics of dereliction and the fate of IMICO, an abandoned malleable iron factory in Guelph built in 1912. Born in Cape Breton NS in 1947, Ed studied Fine Arts at the University of Windsor and at Ontario College of arts (OCA). He now lives in Guelph, Ontario.

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(519) 824-5568

At the July 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Ed will be the Featured Artist and he will speak to us via Skype. More information about the event is here: july-26-2019-gathering

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Raghavendra Rao K.V. – Surrey Muse

Raghavendra Rao K.V. is a South Asian Canadian artist who has just finished a series of paintings on the historic incident of Komagata Maru. Born and raised in Bangalore, Karnataka (India), he attended the Ken School of Art and after completing his diploma in painting, he received a fellowship at the Kanoria Centre for Arts in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. As an emerging artist, he participated in ‘Four Young Contemporaries’ curated by Rekha Rodwittiya. As well, Raghu Jee explored the idea of installation art along with his peers, and participated in numerous solo and group shows in India, Europe, and North America. He has undertaken residencies in Switzerland, Scotland, Mauritius, numerous locations in India itself, and at a major collaborative art festival in Lille, France. Raghu Jee began teaching at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore in 1997, and has taught there occasionally since 2012. He splits his time between Bangalore and Vancouver, where he paints and lives with his wife and two children.

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At the June 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Raghu Jee will be the Featured Artist, and we’ll hear him via Skype from Europe where he is now visiting. More about the event: june-28-2019-gathering

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May 24-2019 Gathering of Surrey Muse

82nd Gathering


May 24, 2019
Author Rahat Kurd
Poet Kevin Spenst
Performer Jovian radheshwar
Open Mic Opener Idrian Burgos
Featured Art by Kanwal Dhaliwal
Host Mariam Zohra

5:30 – 8:30 PM
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April 26-2019 Gathering of Surrey Muse

81st Gathering


April 26, 2019
Author John Michael Koffi
Poet Raoul Fernandes
Performer Mariam Zohra
Open Mic Opener Ghia Aweida
Featured Art by David Hale
Host Sana Janjua

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February 22-2019 Gathering of Surrey Muse

79th Gathering


February 22, 2019
Author Wanda J. Kehewin
Poet Rob Taylor
Performer Enrico Renz
Open Mic Opener Isabella Wang
Featured Art by Eric Benier Burckel
Host Helga Parekh

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Featured Art by Christi Belcourt – ‘New Beginnings’

New Beginnings
Acrylic on Canvas, 48″ x 72″
By Christi Belcourt & Isaac Murdoch

‘The strawberry has always been a symbol of life and happiness for the Ojibway. For many, its called the ‘Heart Berry’ and is a huge part in the Anishinabek Burial Rites. They say that the Milky Way is a path that leads to a New Beginning after we pass away.

‘On this path, it is said a huge Strawberry will be seen on the second day of this journey. This is where we will see fully that Birth, Life, Death and Rebirth are all interconnected and all the same. Time doesn’t exist there… Only life.

‘By praying to the Strawberry we send our petitions into all living things that surround us.’

Commisioned by the Wabano Center, Ottawa

The painting features on
August 2018 poster of Surrey Muse.


Poster designed by Surrey Muse art director Mariam Zohra.

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