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Artwork hewn from the earth of the island

Wednesday July 10, 2019 Written by Published in Art
Artists Brent Holly and Grace Henry are happy to be home on the island. 19070901 Artists Brent Holly and Grace Henry are happy to be home on the island. 19070901

It’s all about the form, flow and following the lines, says sculptor Brent Holly.


Together, Holly and his wife Grace Henry create sculptures from locally found basalt stone and work the stone into carved and polished masterpieces.

Grace Henry is a returning Cook Islander and the pair have decided to move back to Rarotonga with their family.

Henry also works in acrylic, ink and small stone, but is now working with the stone found in the backyard.

The basalt stone, that Rarotonga is made of, can be found in the garden, Holly says.

The hard stone is carved with grinders and diamond blades.

“The finish of the stone sculptures is different, some are polished and shiny, others are matte or rough.”

The pair have always shared a love for art and have collaborated for the first time in an exhibition highlighting the creative opportunities for Rarotonga basalt stone.

Nautilus Resort Rarotonga is this week exhibiting their works in ‘From The Earth’, a fitting name for the natural forms they created.

Nautilus manager Sally Cooper says there was a great turn out for the exhibition’s opening on Sunday, with drinks sponsored by CITC. On the night, some of the exhibited pieces sold to local and international art lovers who snatched up some of the larger pieces priced from $1000 upwards – though they will continue to be displayed until the exhibition closes on July 17.

This is the first art exhibition the Nautilus has hosted but they are hoping to have regular displays.

Nautilus is encouraging artists to participate in an exhibition to raise awareness about breast cancer, coinciding with a three-week breast screening programme at the Rarotonga Hospital.

* There are still basalt stone pieces available for purchase. Contact the sculptors on 71746 or 71756 to discuss their works.

* Phone 22664 to book a breast check at the hospital