Janice Sylvia Brock’s latest Barbados exhibition – ‘Oceans’ at Gallery of Caribbean Art in Speightstown, 5:30 pm, 7/3/2010
Janice Sylvia Brock’s paintings celebrates the five senses which tell us we are alive – sight, hearing, taste smell, touch. Much of her most recent work has the ocean as its inspiration: the constant subtle shifts of colour; the constant rumble and crash of surf on the shore; the salty spray; its fresh aroma; its sting on the cheek.
She is a master of colour and form. The vibrant hues, the sense of movement, the free style, the sometimes offbeat treatment of subjects imbue Janice Sylvia Brock’s paintings with joie de vivre.
Her work has been likened to that of Matisse. Like him, she will approach a new canvas without the aid of sketches, photographs or preliminary outlines. From the first touch of colour laid onto the virgin canvas her brush strokes are utterly confident, and this is evident in the result: works which resonate with life, sensuality, and occasionally humour. She works mainly in oils, though will occasionally work in other media to get the effect she needs.
English born, Janice Sylvia Brock now divides her year between studios, one on a leafy hillside in Cheshire, UK, and the other in Barbados, perched on a rocky knoll overlooking the ocean.
Despite a life plagued by ill-health, she has achieved phenomenal international success, her paintings hanging in collections throughout the world, from Tokyo to Toronto, from the Netherlands to New Zealand, and from Britain’s Chatsworth House to America’s White House. One of her works was recently auctioned for US$200,000. For 2010 she has been invited to exhibit in London’s prestigious Saatchi Gallery, and an appearance on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ is under discussion.