“Lolly Land” not an offshoot of Roald Dahl, but from the vivid neurons of Barbadian Artist Tonya Wiles, now on at The Art Splash in Hastings

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.” Title Character – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory {1971: Gene Wilder as WW}

WillyWonkaThere is a new gallery in town, or rather in Hastings, it’s called Art Splash – it’s also for kids and so the debut show was from the fanciful turns of Tonya Wiles. I asked her if she got any inspiration from Willy Wonka and she declared ‘No,’ yet the colours and whorls reminded me of both Gene Wilder’s 70’s romp and Johnny Depp’s recent surrealistic swirls. Both were extravagant glimpses at Roald Dahl’s unrealistic worlds which give all too realistic advice for parents as well as offspring.

Parking is a bit of a challenge, but once you lick that, they're right on Hastings Main Road

Parking is a bit of a challenge, but once you lick that, they're right on Hastings Main Road

johnny-depp-and-tim-burtonThere the similarities end, you will find no sage homilies awaiting at Art Splash, the opening night was lavish with multi-coloured cupcakes but nothing for a salt tooth, yet even Mr Wonka had gum that was to be roast beef flavoured (so that’s where Bertie Bott’s every flavoured beans, oh hush!) and the beverages of Coke and Champagne hardly meshed with the super-sweetness of chartreuse frosting or Cotton Candy, eh?

Artist and her Psychedelia

Artist and her Psychedelia

Tonya is a Barbados Scholar and this is her second exhibition, having presented a number of shows in London – she decided to return home where she now teaches and lives Art. The current show runs right on into the ICC Twenty20 Cricket season {April 10th} and should draw many a foreigner with its colourful displays even out on the Christ Church front lawn’s property.

Art aficionados being primed for the Dentist?

Art aficionados being primed for the Dentist?

Art Splash is not only a subsidiary of Maxor in Peterkin Avenue, it’s also an Art school for youth, check their site for details. The show, according to the Barbados Scholar, had this form of inspiration rather than the children’s book mentioned earlier –

She painted a song as she flew through the sweet grass to the candy-flossed sky. Her melody… ‘Wake Up, Wake Up! It’s time to rise and shineColours rubbed their sleepy eyes. He peeked over the hills and they smiled at Him while skipping a joyful dance on the canvas. Their rhythm…Thank you for coming again.’ Boys and girls frolic through the orchards of lollies down below. Freshly baked cupcakes blossom from the trees. Today’s treats for yesterday’s play. Sitting in one large circle they frosted them with the sweetness of imagination. What a glorious day…”

As Prince, in all of his psychedelic glory, would snidely comment in a sotto voce, “Can U Relate?

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