One-man show by St Lucia’s Llewellyn Xavier

Llewellyn Xavier, the internationally recognized St Lucian artist whose work is part of public and private collections throughout the world, and whose paintings have been on exhibit at such galleries as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Oxford University, and the Smithsonian, is opening a one-man show at the Caribbean Art Gallery at the Rodney Bay Marina in St Lucia. The exhibit will be launched at a private viewing on December 5, 2009 and will be open to the public beginning on December 7 for one month. The private viewing will be under the patronage of Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy, Governor General of Saint Lucia.
Selections from four very distinct series will be on exhibit. The Global Council for the Restoration of the Earth’s Environment contains contributory works (a concept conceived by the artist in which postage stamps and marks, signatures, and comments become a part of the art) that have been created from all recycled materials and incorporate antique prints. A collection of watercolors emphasizes the intense hues and intricate lighting variations seen throughout nature in the Caribbean—a tribute to the artist’s appreciation of the fragility and incomprehensible beauty of the natural earth. The Grand Journeys are very intricate pieces constructed of natural rudiments such as dried leaves and handmade paper, intertwined with copper and gold filaments, stories exploring the microscopic detail one might discover on such “journeys” as a trip to the garden. The selected oils have been created in a unique style that Xavier has developed over the years, resulting in vivid color, amazing depth, and an assortment of textures, all applied over an underlying theme.

In addition to providing a valuable opportunity to view works created by an artist of such international repute, this exhibition is intended to support the restoration efforts of the St Jude Hospital. A portion of the proceeds will go to the St Jude’s Hospital Rebuilding Fund.
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