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Beckwith Kraft

BECKWITH KRAFT
(b. 1978 Johannesburg, South Africa)

After immigrating to Zimbabwe in 2008, the vastness of ‘Real Africa’ and its incredible beauty resonated with my love for nature and living wild. I quickly became bound to this immense, fragile, unyielding and sometimes savage country. In 2014, driven by a desire to create beauty from discarded objects, I became interested in carving domestic cow skulls. My interest was multifaceted – An appreciation of the exquisite craftsmanship of nature, from the pattern on a daisy flower to the sculpture of bone beneath flesh. Our fear of impermanence, and the transient quality of life. An honoring of nature, and the natural cycle we are all governed by in life. Each one of my pieces is unique.

There’s something poignant about Nature when her outer garments are laid bare. A touch of our own wonder and mortality intrinsically bound within the boughs of the Tree of Life.
…and the natural cycle we are all governed by in life.

Sustainable living is paramount to looking after our future’s heritage. The ethics of working on animal products are very important to me. None of the animals used in carving have been killed for their skulls. The domestic cows have been slaughtered for their meat. Some wild animals have been killed by paid hunters, and the skulls are not wanted after the hunt. Some of the plains game have been killed by National Parks and are used to feed the wardens working there. All game skulls are procured solely from Zimbabwe National Parks’ authorized dealers.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2017
ART & ENVIRONMENT, Fellini Gallery, Berlin, Germany
(100% of the gallery proceeds to the environmental organization Greenpeace)
2017
State of the Art, Group Show, Everard Read Gallery, Franschhoek, South Africa
SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Leeu Collection, Franschhoek, South Africa

Beckwith Kraft

Native Visions Gallery - Jupiter

104 Breakwater Court
Jupiter, FL, 33477
Map / Directions
(p) 561.741.1600    (f) 561.741.3311

Hours of Operation
Monday-Saturday 10:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 11:00am - 6:00pm
Gallery@NativeVisions.com

Native Visions Gallery - Naples

737 5th Avenue South
Naples, Florida 34102
Map / Directions
(p) 239.643.3785    (f) 239.643.5346

Hours of Operation
Monday-Saturday 10:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday 11:00am - 9:00pm
NaplesGallery@NativeVisions.com

  • Giraffe II - 24665

    Giraffe II

    Size: 15 x 29 x 12
    Medium: Carved bone and ink

    Product #: 24665

  • Giraffe I - 24664

    Giraffe I

    Size: 18 x 32 x 13
    Medium: Carved bone

    Product #: 24664

  • Cow VII - 24663

    Cow VII

    Size: 40 x 36 x 21
    Medium: Carved bone, horn and rope

    Product #: 24663

  • Cow VI - 24662

    Cow VI

    Size: 28 x 27 x 14
    Medium: Carved bone, horn, acrylic, ink and rope

    Product #: 24662

  • Cow V - 24661

    Cow V

    Size: 34 x 28 x 13
    Medium: Carved bone, horn, ink and rope

    Product #: 24661

  • Buffalo V - 24660

    Buffalo V

    Size: 30 x 41 x 20
    Medium: Carved bone and horn

    Product #: 24660

  • Buffalo III - 24659

    Buffalo III

    Size: 26 x 38 x 20
    Medium: Carved bone and horn

    Product #: 24659

  • SOLD – Kudu V - 24658

    SOLD – Kudu V

    Size: 44 x 33 x 28
    Medium: Carved bone and horn

    Product #: 24658

  • Kudu II - 24657

    Kudu II

    Size: 56 x 36 x 19
    Medium: Carved bone, horn, acrylic and ink

    Product #: 24657

  • Kudu III - 24656

    Kudu III

    Size: 41 x 29 x 15
    Medium: Carved bone and horn

    Product #: 24656