Caribbean Fantasy set to Canvas – Island Art Gallery showcases Guyanese & Trinidadian palettes in a Barbadian tableau
A Chinese philosopher once slept a rest which created more disturbance than a nightmare – was he dreaming he was a butterfly or a butterfly who wished to be a man? The elliptic riddle seldom bothers most mere mortals but what can one do but ponder such phantasms when brought to life in varied rare ways by Patrick Foster and Rosemary Parkinson?
Setting Speightstown’s Island Art Gallery alight with the vivid colours of their deepest desires or their furthest reaches, the duo took many Bajans by surprise with their reaches into the Jungian playground of mythic archetypes. Patrick’s looked more at a Caribbean expression of such spirituality in familiar backdrops.
Both Rosemary and Patrick use colour to hide or display their feelings of spirituality yet each has their own way to cast the brilliance.
Patrick’s method is blending each hue and every pigment rather like one of two Frank’s – Frazetta or Kelly Freas; Peter Max would enjoy the laughing clash of Rosemary’s strokes which are never far from Trinidad’s or Latin America’s Carnival settings. Even the pair’s way of preparing the canvasses are completely dichotomous – Patrick must compose alone with minimal conversation, if any – while Rosemary lets anything or anyone happen while the muse decides whether or not to interrupt or guide her along the taut frame of the developing picture.
Both have their work available for public consumption, yet once more the difference is readily apparent in their fee structure – Rosemary wants people to snap up her work quickly and has tags which some may consider friendly while Patrick is very exclusive about who deserves to display his canvasses near or far and his fees suggest a more upscale person with extremely defined tastes.
Patrick’s canvasses also looked at everyday studies like male nudes, cows or cats; while Rosemary explored different places where thought goes – many times exploring the silliness of angst.
The night of their launch was not just for them, they shared the spotlight, and deservedly so, with noted Photographer, painter and Animal Rights activist Corrie Scott who was shown appreciation for her touting Art throughout the whole region as well as here, this gratitude from both Patrick & Rosemary was sealed by way of a specially engraved bottle of premier Rum (Mount Gay was one of the sponsors, Lucky Horseshoe was another who catered while flyers were distributed by Curtis Greenidge’s Ace Cards), knowing Corrie, I doubt that Rum will ever be opened unless Barbados gets a National Gallery!