Art for days – “Smile a while” at Sparman Clinic of Barbados and Will Power at Art Splash, Hastings

Art galore awaits the discerning Bajan eye at two venues, both relatively new, the shows run well into next month so there’s a chance to enjoy the Twenty20 Cricket finale and the Arts for those who dig both Sports and Culture.

{SPARMAN CLINIC} Extreme right in glasses - Petra Toyin with patrons, painting on left from Nicholas Barnett and to the right is Ras Akyem's "Bad Boy"

{SPARMAN CLINIC} Extreme right in glasses - Petra Toyin with patrons, painting on left from Nicholas Barnett and to the right is Ras Akyem's "Bad Boy"

The first irregular venue is Belleville, the Sparman clinic is now offering treatment on a 24-hour capacity and also using art to soothe the ragged chests of their patients – works from veteran Ras Akyem and young turks like the sombreness of Jamie Downie, Simbah Pile under glass, Nic Barnett’s fascination with gouache and Petra Toyin’s dabbling in Metalwork and sculpting through the medium of papier-mache plus photography from their own Dr Curtis Sonny put straight to canvas.

One of Petra's creatures at #4 on 6th Avenue Belleville

One of Petra's creatures at #4 on 6th Avenue Belleville

Petra Toyin’s sculpting is very reminiscent of Maurice Sendak’s creatures which amused yet terrified me as a child, their names I cannot even begin to pronounce – which seems almost like a hearkening to Lovecraft. You have to go and see the little weirdos for yourself…

COMPARISON TO PETRA - Sendak's "Where The Wild Things Are"

COMPARISON TO PETRA - Sendak's "Where The Wild Things Are"

Her metallurgy is very fascinating, designed and supervised by Petra – she plans to actually grab the welding tools herself before the year is through. She said she was inspired to adopt this style when she visited Senegal in 2006, once there Petra was immediately fascinated with how the Senegalese would make sculpture after sculpture with every bit of metal they could get their hands on.

"By The Sweat of Thine Brow" by Petra Toyin, NIFCA Award winner

"By The Sweat of Thine Brow" by Petra Toyin, NIFCA Award winner

Dr Sonny’s shutterbug adventures are done without editing or Photoshop as each picture attests, his preferred lens of choice is either Olympus or Canon. My favorite was his “Mother & Child” capturing two Barbados Green Monkeys at just the right moment.

Dr Curtis Sonny writes poetry and prose, yet became a UK-Trained Emergency Doctor, he also captures photographic phenomena like this "Mother & Child"

Dr Curtis Sonny writes poetry and prose, yet became a UK-Trained Emergency Doctor, he also captures photographic phenomena like this "Mother & Child"

The paintings, sculptures and photographs are all over the building and a good chance for you to get familiar with the facility if you need it otherwise, LOL! This current exhibition continues to the end of June, with more planned for the balance of the year; call 624-3278 for more info.

"Sunset" was one of the first pieces from Will Humphreys to sell at Art Splash

"Sunset" was one of the first pieces from Will Humphreys to sell at Art Splash

From close to Bridgetown, we saunter over to the beginning of Barbados’ southern coastline to the Art Splash in Hastings, Christ Church where Will Humphreys is wowing patrons with very reasonably priced works, some of whom have a flavour of Peter Max.

"Guava," a study in Plant Life from Will Humphreys

"Guava," a study in Plant Life from Will Humphreys

No painting is priced above $500 and all are acrylic on wood, not surprisingly, most of the works have red dots and so you better head there fast! Will’s show continues into the first week of June…

4 Responses

Stay in touch with the conversation, subscribe to the RSS feed for comments on this post.

  1. Thank you for reporting so positively on my show! I am putting together a website if any readers would like to find out more (web.me.com/humphreyswill/artlanguage). Best regards, Will Humphreys

Pingbacks

Comments

add a comment

Some HTML is OK

or, reply to this post via trackback.