Wynslo Phillips – Pelican Art Gallery exhibition: April 7 to April 19
The exhibition is a repeat of last year’s in that many of the paintings this year were displayed then. This year?s title is ??. I am placing some emphasis on Barbadian Landscapes, displaying eight pieces in this style.
?Seaside Chattel Houses? could be considered to be an extinct species, given the level of coastal development around the island, but I grew up in Oistins when seaside chattel houses were a common feature and the fishermen pulled up their boats alongside their homes during the fishing off-season to repair and overhaul them.
There are many Barbadians in high places today who came from very humble origins and they certainly don?t want anything in their new homes to remind them of where they came from. There are some new pieces in the exhibition. ?The Pool ? Enterprise Beach?, ?Coming Home ? Oistins Bay?, ?Crane Beach?, ?Sunseeker?, and ?View from Dover Beach? are some of them.
?East Point?, and ?View from Bathsheba? are two of my earliest seascapes and the viewer can make the comparison then and now to judge the level of my development over the years. Included is a current view of ?East Point?, from its south side.
I would certainly like to paint these scenes more often, from different angles, but, unfortunately, my painting today is largely governed by economic considerations. I have to paint what sells best, which should explain the preponderance of .
I am certainly not ashamed to say my main consideration is the visitor market. Visitors are the ones who put food on my table, so I paint what long experience has taught me appeals most to them. If salaried artists consider this to be beneath their dignity, I say ?To each his own?.
Despite this, I do enjoy trying to capture the sea and sky in all their infinite moods. I certainly don?t try to reproduce photographs. Each I complete is to some extent my impression of what I see there.
I want to create paintings which will, for the purchaser, always be a source of pleasure. And, if he or she is European or North American, when the nights back home are long and the days are short, and they haven?t seen the sun for a few days, let the painting remind them of what they are missing here in .