Champers Restaurant’s On The Wall Gallery features Sophie Barnard in all her styles – Barbadians impressed!

So I walk a little too fast and I drive a little too fast
And I’m reckless its true, but what else can you do at the
End of a love affair?

So I talk a little too much, and I laugh a little too much
And my voice is too loud, when I’m out in a crowd
So that people are apt to stare

Do they know, do they care, that its only that I’m lonely
And low as can be?
And the smile on my face isn’t really a smile at at all!

So I smoke a little too much, and I drink a little too much
And the tunes I request are not always the best
But the ones where the trumpets blare!

So I go at a maddening pace, and I pretend that it’s taking
Your place
But what else can you do, at the end of a love affair

Words to a classic Billie Holiday tune, kind of appropriate to some of the art found at “On The Wall” in Rockley, Christ Church just above the Champers Restaurant on the seaside.

You will find words of Pascal on what the heart does and does not know immortalised onto canvas and embellished with Pollock-like splotches and waves; glimpses at Barbadian beaches seldom traversed even now; phrases from erotic Roman poet Catullus looking for endless kisses among other visual delights at the South Coast establishment.

Juxtaposing powerful landscapes and intricate still life with emotive abstracts, Sophie’s new works explore the dynamic relationships between our environment and our perceptions, vision and sensation, our exterior and interior worlds.” – This from the invitation received for Sophie Barnard’s exhibition and so I knew I had to go, and I was glad to be a part of it!

So were Adrian Richards – dental surgeon and photographer; Jevan Jutagir – advertising honcho and David Spieler – artist/sculptor among other luminaries attending and buying (when you arrive, you’ll see many red dots on the various works, so you better head out to On The Wall fast) at the show.

Sophie is both classically trained at the Royal Academy of Art and self-taught, she earned a wash of A-levels at 15 and headed for Birmingham University to major in Caribbean Literature. Eventually the art bug drove its mandibles deep in her soul and she set off for her native St Lucia once again for a time, before returning to Barbados, and now recuperating in St Joseph.

She sees remote areas as conducive to feeding the muses which haunt her, many of the romantic abstract quotes are reflections of a sadder time in her life and this was a catharsis to remove her from that pain.

While chatting with Jevan, I leaned he liked “White House” as it showed a breadfruit tree in shadow and yet you never saw the actual tree itself and despite its absence physically its spirit dominated the picture.

I enjoyed learning from Sophie the story of “South Point,” this was crafted from a photograph of a place along the south of Barbados close to Long Beach where the tide exposes a remote beach about once a year!

On The Wall Gallery is open Noon-4pm and 7pm-11pm Mondays to Fridays and 11am-3pm on Saturdays, their curator Vanita Commisiong can be reached at 234-9145 – hurry!

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