UNIX Gallery is hosting an exhibition “The Mating Dance of The Unicorn” by artist Llewellyn Xavier at the gallery’s New York location. The exhibition presents a series of new paintings by artist Llewellyn Xavier (b. 1945, Saint Lucia), marking his first solo with the gallery. A multi-media artist, environmentalist, and President and Founder of Saint Lucia Sculpture Park Foundation, Xavier is known for his use of vibrant colors that represent life of the Caribbean, his native land. The artist left Saint Lucia for Barbados in 1962, and was first introduced to watercolors while working as an agricultural apprentice there, and in 1968, he moved to England, where he was respected as a pioneer in the field of mail art. Awarded the OBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in 2004, Xavier’s works are part of the permanent collections of Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Llewellyn Xavier’s art serves a multiplicity of functions, philosophical as well as aesthetic, which, drawing inspiration from contemporaries of American Abstract Expressionism, create pure visions that are both relevant and immediate. From his early representational oil paintings through his work on racial and political themes in the 1960s and 1970s, to more abstract series of watercolors influenced by ancient myths, Xavier’s work celebrates the vibrancy of the natural world, reflecting on his love for the environmental landscape. The brand-new paintings and compelling works on view are the testimonies of this love for the light and life of his native St. Lucia.
The exhibition is on view through October 21, 2017 at UNIX Gallery, 532 West 24th Street, New York, NY 10001, USA.
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