Now on at Gallery of Caribbean Art in Speightstown – Vishni Gopwani to 26th January
This exhibition is a mixture of Caribbean and Indian paintings. The focus of my work reflects an interest in clothing and movement, and captures the associated sights, sounds and emotions that I have experienced both here and during my travels.
The Caribbean imagery captures the essence of West Indian culture, and includes rhythmic drummers, twirling dancers, dedicated field workers and beautiful women wearing re-created Creole costumes in garden settings. I have also included a series of roosters that caught my fascination with their colours and personalities.
Most of my Indian paintings in this exhibition are based in a Pushkar fair which is situated in Rajasthan. The Pushkar fair is a kaleidoscope of colourful images of women with bangles and flowing skirts, and men with colourful turbans.
The desert comes alive with gypsy dancers, snake charmers and camel herders. In abundance are sights of women carrying water pots on their heads and ash-smeared sadhus, for whom life is not about satisfying their needs but denial of them.
This setting provided me with colour and movement which is the foundation for most of my paintings.
Hopefully by viewing and experiencing these paintings and photographs, you will get a glimpse of my sources of inspiration.