Canvas Caribbean art exhibition at Art Society

By Anne Hilton
Friday June 13, 2014

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“Inner Spaces” is the title of the exhibition of the Canvas Caribbean Artists Group that opened in the Art Society Headquarters in Federation Park on Sunday, June 8.

Only nine of the ten members of Canvas Caribbean are exhibiting. The group was founded in 2004 with (to quote the catalogue) “the encouragement and assistance of artist Pat Bishop... to host annual exhibitions, support fellow artists and inspire and encourage members to keep working at their art …Canvas Caribbean is a group of artists who exhibit work, travel and facilitate events that promote artists in the Caribbean”.

That said, what of “Inner Spaces”? Raymond Alexander’s “Walking the White Line” is an interesting piece of a red-robed mendicant monk, It’s hard to tell why it fascinates – suffice it to state that this piece has a quiet yet purposeful presence as the wind blows the monk’s robes.

“Up Cameron” by Adele Bynoe is, without doubt, a painting of a cockfight in the gayelle with blood dripping from the contestants. Enough said.

Cave paintings in Lascaux, France, are the inspiration for Leona Fabien’s “The Allure of Ancient Spaces” with the figures of deer, horse and two bulls.

These are indeed of Inner Space, hidden underground for centuries.

Kathy Farabi’s “Time Rolls On” reminded me of round bales of straw one sees in fields after the wheat harvest in the UK, Canada, US; one certainly gets the effect of rolling eternally.

There are no facial features of the dancer in “Dance D’ Flamenco” by Bernadette Hospedales; there is movement in the position of the arms, the flow of the skirt but the faceless figure is eerie and daunting.

“ Mind Games II – Tunnel Vision” by Carol Lewis is an enigmatic piece – I leave Newsday readers to make of this what they will.

We are back to reality, of a sort, in Stephen Llewellyn’s watercolour, “The Lookout at Ortoire” with the mountains, river mouth, figures leaning on the stone coping looking at the empty boat and the rain – or is it the sun’s rays breaking through the clouds? This is a quiet, restful piece.

Vibert Medford’s works are challenging.

His digital art intrigues while it confounds the viewer and holds an endless fascination for those attempting to see a hidden picture or pattern in his works.

“An Overflowing of Thought” is par for the course of his latest work – and very attractive it is, too.

Finally I leave Newsday readers to muse upon Tricia Ward’s “Mirror Mirror”.

“Inner Spaces” an exhibition of art by Canvas Caribbean, The Artists Group, continues at the Art Society until tomorrow (June 14).


Raymond Alexander
Walking the White Line

Vibert Medford
Primary Impulses I