Onguma The Fort Opens Art Gallery
Great Game Viewing, Romance, Tranquility, Adventure…. and now Art!
Onguma Safari Camps has it all!
Last night was the official inauguration of our latest project- the Onguma Art Gallery…And we couldn’t be more thrilled with the end result. In true Onguma style there was ice cold Champaign, delectable Canapes and of course magnificent Artwork. This cleverly curated space, located at The Fort, lends itself perfectly for Reflection, Peace and Quiet. We invite you to immerse yourself into our carefully constructed gallery, filled with Artwork echoing that of the Onguma surrounds, reflecting wildlife and Etosha landscapes…
The Art Gallery has a mixture of inventory from canvas oil paintings to bronze sculptures created by leading Internationally acclaimed Artist Peter Clinton Gray. Peter visited Onguma in 2018 for a few days to gather inspiration for his latest masterpieces, all of which encompass the harsh Etosha Landscapes, softened by the presence of wildlife….
The man himself Peter Gray, his wife Ann and son Jonathan made it to the grand opening of the gallery, where many of his latest commissions will now be on display for travelers from all over the world.
A little more about our Artist - Peter Clinton Gray...
“America. England. Zimbabwe. South Africa. You’ll find Peter Gray’s arresting paintings in many corners of the world, whether in private homes, galleries or corporate collections. Internationally acclaimed for sure, yet his roots are indelibly African.
In his lifetime, Peter Gray has migrated across the world frequently. Challenging moves, yes, but he has no regrets. Each time, the shift enriched his life in a meaningful way. As he puts it, “Where ever we as a family find ourselves such has added to our understanding of life, and what’s important and what’s not.”
Peter was born in an old farmhouse in the little town of Bulawayo, in Southern Rhodesia now Zimbabwe, on the doorstep of the Matobo Hills National Park, Hwange National Park and Mosi-oa-Tunya (Victoria Falls.) He loved his childhood, a rural life largely off the grid, with a big well at the bottom of the garden, and wildlife which ate their vegetables: “My upbringing had a great impact on my art. My dad was a talented Master copper plate engraver and specialist seal engraver in stone and precious metals, who’d designed and worked on
leaded windows in UK cathedrals, and later became an RAF Pilot. My mother was an avid sportswoman and traveller, talented at art, a magnificent story-teller with a beautiful singing voice and musician.” Clearly an all-round artistic family, his brother equally so. As a child, Peter spent a great deal of time watching his father at work: “He taught both myself and my brother to engrave. His philosophy was always, ‘if you learn a skill which few others have, wherever you go in the world, you’ll be able to earn a living.’ “