Posts tagged Art
ARTIST IN THE SPOTLIGHT | 'Love and Fear' by Dyah Neilson

It is with a happy heart that we announce our latest muse, Dyah Neilson, who is riding the ‘first solo exhibition’ high having just presented at Doongalik Studios earlier this month. This bold, bright collection - ‘Love & Fear’, depicts things perhaps a little less buoyant on our island - the very real battle with mental health. Dyah’s use of beaming, whimsy blues render comforting island scenes drawing the viewer in while a deeper, subliminal message stirs from beneath the waves. The Bahamas is crippled with a stigma surrounding mental heath and so these conversations are often swept out to sea, if you will. The collection is so intentionally approachable, giving mental illness a positive portrayal, something that can be overcome with love and support.

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ARTIST IN THE SPOTLIGHT | John Cox IN THE RAW

For many, woodworking is rather simple. It involves cutting larger boards into smaller boards and then arranging them in a particular way to create something useful. For others, carpentry is the expression of creativity and emotion. I think Daniel’s work begs the question of whether or not carpentry can be considered both. Although he has only just begun to skim the surface of this previously dormant dexterity, Daniel has surpassed ‘craftsman’, he is without doubt an artist. Daniel’s desire to create using this timeless material transcends the possibilities of woodworking as we knew it. His distinctive work isn’t necessarily taking advantage of the flashiest technology but rather honing in on the traditional woodcraft techniques with the addition of whimsy, bright semblance. Daniel’s commitment to work wood by hand is not so much nostalgic but more because of his innate appetite for organic creation. The result is more nuanced and spontaneous with the colours of the Caribbean speckled throughout.

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ARTIST IN THE SPOTLIGHT | June Collie

With an eye for feminine emotion a distinctive whimsicalness about her colour scheme, June's latest body of work powerfully captures her desire to tell stories of those around her. June's expressive portrayal of women and their many roles in Bahamian society shed light on bold themes all within the confines of a vibrant but deliberate painting. The hues of Caribbean life flow from one painting to the next as though they all share a deep interconnectedness. With a mindfulness about her, June methodically selects her muse, story and dearest pattern notebook and carves the path for her next masterpiece. The best way to experience this lush and evolving collection is to pay June a visit at her studio perch amongst the artistic backdrop that is The Current and watch her tirelessly create.

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ARTIST IN THE SPOTLIGHT | Daniel Belton - 'Da Pallet Man'

For many, woodworking is rather simple. It involves cutting larger boards into smaller boards and then arranging them in a particular way to create something useful. For others, carpentry is the expression of creativity and emotion. I think Daniel’s work begs the question of whether or not carpentry can be considered both. Although he has only just begun to skim the surface of this previously dormant dexterity, Daniel has surpassed ‘craftsman’, he is without doubt an artist. Daniel’s desire to create using this timeless material transcends the possibilities of woodworking as we knew it. His distinctive work isn’t necessarily taking advantage of the flashiest technology but rather honing in on the traditional woodcraft techniques with the addition of whimsy, bright semblance. Daniel’s commitment to work wood by hand is not so much nostalgic but more because of his innate appetite for organic creation. The result is more nuanced and spontaneous with the colours of the Caribbean speckled throughout.

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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 | 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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DISCOVER CACIQUE | ART IN THE OFFICE II

We have rediscovered ourselves through the works of the talented Lynn Parotti, fallen head over heels for the stories told within the Thierry Lamare collective, and explored Bahamian feminist art through the lens of Angelika Wallace-Whitfield. We've met face-to-face with our demons, seen the light, and continue to traverse.

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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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Discover Cacique | Villa Doyle

In 1972, the Union Jack was lowered for the last time and a brand new black, gold and aquamarine flag was raised in its place. Forty-three years of independence from the crown but The Bahamas continues to hold dear many of its colonial relics. Positioned on the ridge, overlooking Nassau harbor and Downtown Bay Street, you will find the stately Villa Doyle, now reincarnated as the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. 

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Artist In The Spotlight : Angelika Wallace-Whitfield

In the first of the series, we are thrilled to introduce Angelika Wallace-Whitfield, a painter and self- described feminist as well as former curator at the D’Aguilar Art Foundation and The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas who enjoys a double life as an artist and student, flip-flopping between her island home and the UK...

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