A post by Peter Jordens.
Two paintings by well-known Trinidadian artist, sculptor and writer Willi Chen (b. 1934) are part of ‘Circles and Circuits: Chinese Caribbean Art’ in Los Angeles, which explores the art of the Chinese Caribbean diaspora from the early 20th century to the present day. By examining the contributions of artists of Chinese descent in Cuba, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and beyond, the exhibition reveals the hidden complexities of the transcultural art of the Caribbean. […]
Chen, a Marabella/Pointe-a-Pierre parishioner, told Catholic News last week that he was humbled by the invitation. The two paintings selected by museum officials who visited his studio in 2014 in preparation for the exhibition were Forest Barriers and Red Landscape. Both were done in acrylics over 20 years ago. The officials had commented on “the contemporary treatment of the works and were impressed that the content was from our local West Indian landscape”. […]
For the full article of the above extract, go to http://catholicnewstt.com/index.php/2017/09/16/tt-artists-work-at-us-chinese-caribbean-art-display (Catholic News, Trinidad and Tobago, September 17, 2017, page 22).
For background information, see our previous posts Circles and Circuits I: History and Art of the Chinese Caribbean Diaspora and Circles and Circuits II: Contemporary Chinese Caribbean Art.