A REPORT FROM TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO’S NEWSDAY.
THE Eric Hussenot Gallery is currently hosting a solo exhibition of Trinidadian artist Che Lovelace’s paintings at its gallery space in central Paris.
It is Lovelace’s first time exhibiting in Paris, a city well known for its rich art history and contemporary art scene.
The exhibition includes a selection of Lovelace’s richly-coloured large scale paintings, touching on some of his favourite themes, including figures in landscapes and still life.
Lovelace’s paintings are strongly rooted in the cultural and natural environment of TT and offers the Parisian audience a good example of a contemporary painter working from the Caribbean.
The opening was attended by a cross section of the Parisian art scene along with some Paris-based Trinidadian and Caribbean art lovers, said a media release. Trinidadian actor and opera singer Brian Green as well as poet and musician Anthony Joseph also attended to lend support. The exhibition opened on June 10 and ends July 22.
Lovelace’s subject, rendered in vivid pigment on board, is informed by the cultural environment of Trinidad and Tobago and by extension the Caribbean. He combines several boards, assembled to produce a stable and inexpensive, though archival support which he sources in Trinidad.
He incorporates this material and its format into his working process, considering the dividing edges of the panels as a way to rethink the version of space he was making in the picture.
Lovelace is a visual artist who lives and works in Port of Spain, Trinidad. He received his training at l’Ecole Régionale des Beaux- Arts de la Martinique. He is a founder and director of Clay J’ouvert, a traditional Carnival outfit based in Woodbrook, Port of Spain. He is a lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Creative Arts Campus.
His practice increasingly includes elements of performance which he absorbs into his painting process.