"This is a man who prefers hunting for prey at night to the bright light of the day. As such, he is likened to the predominantly nocturnal bird zizi (owl)."
People sometimes prefer to hunt at night because it's cooler and the animals are more active. They jog after the prey to tire them, and carry spears and bows. The owl emobdies all the best characteristics for someone who hunts at night - it is silent, with huge eyes and excellent hearing.
Like many senior artists within the Shona sculpture movement, Newman draws on Shona culture and beliefs as the inspiration for most of his work.
Newman makes a welcome return to the Guruve Gallery after an absence of some years - meanwhile, he has become a successful farmer under the Zimbabwean land redistribution process.