Posts in Artist In The Spotlight
ARTIST IN THE SPOTLIGHT | DC Pratt and the Chan Pratt Foundation

If only this, it is our civic duty to value and preserve the rich island antiquity of our composite culture. The arts, deeply intertwined within our strewn archipelago, are a visual continuum of The Bahamas from then until now. Chan Pratt sits prominently on our historical mantle with his iconic botanics and precise clapboard portrayals celebrating the intrinsic vibrance so closely equated with ‘island life’. DC has tasked himself with preserving the legacy of his father through the creation of an organization - The Chan Pratt Foundation. With emphasis on empowerment, DC offers aspiring young artists the chance to recognize their talents and in doing so, overcome the powerlessness and lack of influence that they feel quashed by. With an indomitable spirit, DC is making waves in the art realm, casting his father’s uplifting, iconic summery blooms where needed most.

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ARTIST IN THE SPOTLIGHT | Tessa Whitehead 2.0

With a distinctive taste for landscapes, particularly those of the islands, Tessa’s latest work powerfully captures her empirical conception of the complexities of Caribbean life. Tessa’s distinguished collection tellingly titled, “…there are always two deaths”, a line borrowed from ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’, is an expressive portrayal of loss and lamenting. Tessa’s work touches on many bold themes including matriarchal identification, alienation and marriage. Her artistic exploration of an intrinsic relationship existing between women and nature is felt deeply. The lush, tropical island backdrop seems like an idyllic landscape for healing; however, with hints of agonizing irony, these tropical inlets are entrenched in a turbulent history which proves a difficult place to search for the warmth of understanding.

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ARTIST IN THE SPOTLIGHT | Lillian Blades

To the untrained eye, Lillian Blade’s textured, colorful rebellion may seem like an improvised outburst of creativity. However, Lillian's work goes way deeper than that. Her mixed-media collages capture memories and embody self-discovery while paying homage to her island-roots. With a consciousness about her, Lillian sifts through objects, random to some but symbolic to her, which morph into large-scale assemblages that provoke an intense sense of wonder.

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ARTIST IN THE SPOTLIGHT | SOFIA WHITEHEAD

In this episode, we continue to explore the Bahamian photography scene, this time though the lens of “island gal” Sofia Whitehead. Sofia has been making quite a splash recently with the publication of her coffee table book Bahama Mama “Portraits & Wisdom from the Mothers of Bahamian Society,” a two-and-a-half-year quest for maternal percipience, for across the breadth of our island nation. However, Sofia’s work goes beyond investigating the colourful depths of her homeland culture; her travel photography shows is a jet-set dreamscape - a celebration of the vivid palette of humanity at large. Read on…

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ARTIST IN THE SPOTLIGHT | Melissa Alcena

Welcome back to Cacique’s Artist In The Spotlight series - a journey into a thriving Bahamian art scene and a look at some of our most celebrated artists, as well as the movers and shakers garnering a name for themselves on island and around the world. For this episode, I had the distinct pleasure of chatting with Bahamian photographer Melissa Alcena, whose honest, arresting documentary photography has captured the attention of the island nation, as well as a not-too-shabby publication by the name of Vogue.

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ARTIST IN THE SPOTLIGHT | Diving Deep With Lynn Parotti

As scientific evidence of man-made climate change hasn’t been enough to convince the world to take action, then perhaps it’s up to the artists to make an emotional appeal, rather than a statistical one. Lynn Parotti’s breathtaking collection, “Time Under Tension” on display at the D’Aguilar Art Foundation attempts to affront its audience with the dire situation our oceans are faced with.

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REIMAGINING Bahama Hand Prints

Welcome back to Cacique’s Artist In The Spotlight series - a journey into a thriving Bahamian art scene. This time around we’ve had the pleasure of revisiting Bahama Hand Prints at one of it’s new locations - The Island House. Helmed by Alannah van Onselen, the new owner and creative mastermind, who left her perch in South Africa, has come home to breathe life and vigor into the handcrafted, Bahamian company.

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ARTIST IN THE SPOTLIGHT | Natascha Vazquez

Welcome back to Cacique’s Artist In The Spotlight series - a journey into a thriving Bahamian art scene and a look at some of our most exciting artists, pushing boundaries on island and around the world. Natascha Vazquez, an artist surrounded by tradition but never bound by it, took her art on a extravagantly abstract path. She invites us to stroll around “Finca Nati”- her family farm- to understand how her native Bahamian surroundings have unconsciously carved her artistic identity.

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ARTIST IN THE SPOTLIGHT | Alessandro Sarno

Italian lensman, Alessandro Sarno aka The Lonesome Photographer, is a true aficionado of The Bahamas. His photojournalistic approach seeks to capture the “true true” Bahamian spirit, and as such his subjects are often “soulful” old folk or rambunctious youngsters who are less impacted by the presence of the camera. Alessandro’s work has a dreamlike quality, as if he is letting us in on something intimate - a fleeting moment to which we are privy - or in the words of avant-garde New York photographer Diane Arbus, “a secret about a secret.”

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ARTIST IN THE SPOTLIGHT | Tessa Whitehead

In this episode, we chat with island-grown Tessa Whitehead, a painter and sculptor whose ability to communicate landscapes through shapes, vessels and symbols is remarkable. As art has never been defined by materials or techniques, neither has Tessa. Each piece has a bold intensity to it, each completely different from its forerunner but never lacking her unique and perfectionistic style.

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ARTIST IN THE SPOTLIGHT | Susan Katz

In this episode, Bostonian transplant Susan Katz paints us a picture of her journey navigating the waters of the art world. Susan works with oil, pastel, pen & ink and acrylic, but is most well known for her bold collages, in which she uses layering techniques, much like that of a painter to create depth and richness. Flying the Boston coop 21 years ago, Susan has been making strides in the Bahamian art community. Our conversation with Susan speaks to the evolving art climate in The Bahamas and how she has addressed socially-challenging themes such as racism, bigotry and sexism.

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ARTIST IN THE SPOTLIGHT | Matthew Pinder

"Indie-folk" is not a genre that comes to mind when most people think "island" or "Bahamian" but Matthew's sound is part of a refreshing new wave sweeping across our pink-sand shores, redefining the very meaning of "Bahamian music" (check out the soulful sounds of last month's Kamilah). Matthew's style may stray far from the calypso-soca path carved before him but this has not discouraged him. In fact it’s done the opposite. Having recently recorded his first album, "Too Young to Understand”, we thought it would be an ideal time to check in!

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ARTIST IN THE SPOTLIGHT | SASKIA D'AGUILAR

Welcome back to Cacique’s Artist In The Spotlight series - a journey into a thriving Bahamian art scene and a look at some of our most exciting artists, pushing boundaries on island and around the world. In this episode, we sit down with Saskia D’Aguilar, the visionary director of The D'Aguilar Art Foundation (DAF) to talk about the inspiration behind the foundation and its role in shaping the new wave of Bahamian art. 

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ARTIST IN THE SPOTLIGHT | KAMILAH

As the premier DMC in The Bahamas, we are always on the look-out for prodigious talent, be it the visual, culinary or musical arts. Following in the success of our first musical Artist In The Spotlight - Bahamian trumpet prodigy Giveton Gelin - I am thrilled to introduce the defiantly-undefinable Jamaican-Bahamian 'fusionistic soul artiste' Kamilah Gibson, blazing a trail on the New York City music scene.  

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ARTIST IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Jessica Colebrook

Welcome to Cacique’s Artist In The Spotlight series - a journey into a thriving Bahamian art scene and a look at some of the most celebrated artists, as well as the movers and shakers garnering a name for themselves in The Bahamas and around the world.  In this third episode, we have the pleasure of introducing Jessica Colebrook - a Bahamian Ceramist who is pushing the boundaries of this medium both locally and overseas.

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Artist In The Spotlight : Bahama Hand Prints

Bahama Hand Prints was founded in 1966 by two artists - Berta Sands and Helen Astarita - who were inspired to start their own hand screen-printing business after visiting the Key West Hand Prints company on a holiday to the Florida Keys. Berta and Helen created a treasure trove of uniquely Bahamian designs that they hand screen-printed in bold and beautiful colours on a variety of fabrics and products...

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