Moods and Expressions: A Caribbean Sensation


Here is more information on the exhibition “Moods and Expressions: A Caribbean Sensation,” which opened to the public on August 23 and runs through September 30, 2018. See previous post Eight Artists of the Afro Caribbean Diaspora Exhibit in Jamaica, Queens. [Many thanks to Peter Jordens for providing additional links.] Jamaica 311 provides profiles of the eight artists and the curator:

[. . .] Jean Dominique Volcy is a natural born, talented artist. His passion for art started at a very young age. With patience, perseverance and discipline Volcy has nurtured his art, which led him to a range of discoveries and creativities. Volcy’s primary medium is oil and acrylic. For the past thirty years Volcy has participated in many exhibitions in the metropolitan area and abroad in venues such as the Restoration center for Art & Culture, The Brooklyn Museum, The Bronx Museum and La Maison des Arts (Montreal). His works are included in many books and catalogues: including Beyond the Border Art by Recent immigrant (Bronx Museum), Authentic voices of African American, The Naives and the Moderns, Haitian Paintings Art and Kitsch, Revolution,  Colorful Dreams of Haiti, Masterpieces of Haitian Art. He was commissioned in 2000 to create a painting for the census. Volcy’s paintings capture the essence and depth of many aspects that we experience in our life, personifying beauty through his well-defined sense of color, form and balance. Volcy lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Nigel Pierre, a native of Barbados, Christened, started art at early age. “Painting defines me,” he says. “Art is Life and Life is Art, Past, Present and Future.” Pierre has exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions. Watercolor is his first love, although he dabbles in other mediums, for which he has won many awards since 1996.While his paintings artistically speak themselves, they also reflect his appreciation for the life and culture. Working with water and acrylic colors, Pierre is a master of depicting the expressive quality of light. The resulting images are at once realistic, yet visionary. His work is exhibited widely in galleries and museums in Barbados and throughout the world, with a growing number of collectors. [. . .]

Patricia Brintle, self-taught artist, was born and raised in Haiti and immigrated to the United States in 1964. Although she has made the US her residence, her colorful style reflects her native land. Her approach to painting is varied and reflects her feelings at the moment. Brintle’s work is influenced both by personal and social experiences. Most of her portraits focus on the expression of the eyes and tell in one look the story of the person on the canvas. She favors bright, vivid and vibrant colors and uses much symbolism in her work. Her medium is as varied as her subjects but she prefers acrylics because of its diversity. Brintle is a member of the United Haitian Artists and the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. [. . .]

Lennox Warner emigrated from the West Indies in 1980. His Practice is deeply rooted in traditions of the Caribbean with its Calypso, Socca and Reggae Music, as well as, the rambunctious colorful costumes of Carnival. His portfolio is free form and expressive with inspiration in the primitive and abstract – in wood, clay, glass, metal, paint and more. My body of work is three-dimensional forms in and yet offers combinations of many materials and techniques, including patina and painted Sculpture. [. . .]

Ava Tomlinson received her BFA from Pratt Institute. She is a painter, muralist, and printmaker living in Brooklyn, NY. Her inspiration comes from her life in New York and the Caribbean, in Jamaica where she once lived. Ava has worked as an Artist Instructor with Studio in a School since 2005, and has specialized in Early Childhood. She continues to show her work in the New York Metropolitan area.

Stanwyck Cromwell is a Guyanese-born contemporary visual artist, and an art educator, who has lived and worked in the United States of America for the past 38 years. A visual kaleidoscope from this exotic place is referenced in his art. Saturated colors, patterns and textures reveal themselves in my collages, sculptures, paintings and drawings. Sometimes rendered in graphite and colored pencils, sometimes collaged on with various papers, or found objects, his work celebrates the legacy of his Guyanese heritage. Therefore, color is central in his work. A wide nose and thick lips are frequent in most of his work. He uses these features not as cultural stereotypes, but to emphasize the natural beauty of African features. The multicolored, mask-like images and abstract designs in his drawings reflect the fusion of both the Guyanese-African and indigenous cultures and the rich pageantry of carnival.

David Wilson is an artist based in Oakland, CA. He creates observational drawings based in direct experiences with landscape and orchestrates site-based gatherings that draw together a wide net of artists, performers, filmmakers, chefs, and artisans into collaborative relationships. He recently organized the experimental exhibition The Possible at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and received the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s 2012 SECA Art Award. [. . .]

Carlton D. Murrell has been painting for over forty years with well over one hundred exhibitions to his credit.  As a child growing up in Barbados, Carlton began exploring his artistic talent by drawing and painting the various lifestyles of his Island nation.  He began his painting career at 18, inspired by the richness of Caribbean living and the world beyond.  He traveled to many distant places in search of a universal sense of art, which led him to immigrate to New York City.  Mr. Murrell was awarded a scholarship to pursue additional advanced studies at the Art Students League.  He later attended the Pan American School of Fine and Pel’s School of Commercial Art and Illustration. [. . .]

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Also see the exhibition’s page on the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning’s website

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