David Bridgeman’s studio in George Town is a treasure trove of art supplies and inspirational material. The vivid colours of works-in-progress adorn the walls. Shelves are crammed with rolls of paper and canvas. There are paints, pots and brushes on the surfaces, tools for building things, books and CDs. And in between all this are countless objects he has collected and kept because their shapes, colours or patterns interest him.
An exuberant creator who embodies the very best of sculpture, fashion design, architecture, interior design, and abstraction, Cayman’s own Native Son, Al Ebanks, is an artistic chameleon. He paints what he knows, and he knows what he paints, driven by the sheer tenacity of an artist compelled by an inner calling to march to his own beat. With a keen eye for colour, a heart set on creating, and a spirit grounded in both passion and rebellion, the artist’s quiet confidence in the organic gift of his artwork is an utmost force of nature.
From photo-realistic murals to abstract paintings and conceptual installations, Canadian/ Caymanian artist, Tansy Maki’s work is layered with skill, nuance and meaning.
Forty-five years after his inaugural exhibition at The Royal Palms Hotel, Grand Cayman, a career-defining retrospective of outsider-artist, Bendel Hydes’ life’s work at The National Gallery for the Cayman Islands, sees the native son embraced as the founding father of contemporary Caymanian art.
Aussie artist Ren Seffer's portrayals of familiar places and pastimes in Cayman are alive with movement and energy.
Beyond Electric Avenue Eddy Grant's Return to Plaisance - When interviewing a living legend, there’s a great deal to cover - and Edmond Montague Grant (or Eddy as he’s known) has done it all, from leading a revolutionary band at 17 and surviving an unexpected heart attack and collapsed lung at 23, to founding a record label, opening a recording studio and achieving international success as a solo artist with his politically motivated lyrics.
Vanita Commisiong, Barbados artist - Large in scale and rich in colour, Vanita Commisiong's paintings are a radiant celebration of Bajan life.
A family of talented artists, Eddie Minnis, his daughters, Nicole and Roshanne, and his son-in-law Ritchie, regularly exhibit together. Each has his own distinct style, technique and choice of subject matter, but together their body of work adds up to a vivid portrait of Bahamian life.
Existing at the most basic level, without running water or electricity, Doliver Morain certainly has no website or social media presence, so locating him from overseas is a challenge. Once on island, however, the coconut telegraph works wonders. A few queries lead first to Susan Mains, the owner of Art and Soul Gallery in Grand Anse, who has several of his paintings on display.
By placing sculptures below the Caribbean Sea, Jason deCaires Taylor has created an otherworldly aquatic museum that is in a state of constant flux.
At the beach, young boys stand knee-deep in water, watching to see if they’ll hook a fish. Possibly nearby, a man is cleaning the day’s catch beside his boat. On a porch, friends sit on upturned crates, absorbed in a game of dominoes. And at a bend in the river, a baptism is taking place.Although Samuels has no formal training in art, there is nothing naïve about his painting. He may paint the simple rhythms of life in a small fishing village, but his ability to capture the atmosphere of any occasion is uncanny, whether it’s the exuberance of a jamming session, a moment of quiet contemplation, or the serenity of the village streets. His paintings tell us more about how life in and around the village of White House unfolds than any travelogue could.
Artist Joanne Sibley lives and breathes painting. It’s part of her genetic make up. Whatever she is doing, whether driving, walking or talking, part of her is always assessing the scene and composing pictures in her mind’s eye.
Island Flava - For many artists, it's the beauty of their surroundings that moves them to put paint to canvas. For Jason Kennedy it's the people and culture of Cayman that are his inspiration and his muse.
Taken almost 50 years ago, Margo Davis' breath-taking photographs of Antigua capture the spirit of a people and document a different time and way of life.
Bound to try and capture the intangible effect of light upon landscape, Caymanian Artist, Teresa Grimes' oeuvre reflects the loose and fluid style in which she works.
Anyone who’s looked back at blurry images leached of colour on their underwater camera will know how challenging it is to take shots that truly capture the magic of the submarine world. It is difficult to catch the twinkling play of light on water, the quizzical look of a turtle, the jewel-like colours of myriad corals. Mastering the art is a long-learnt skill as demonstrated by three of the Caribbean’s most preeminent, and patient, underwater photographers.
Strikingly atmospheric and suffused with light, Melanie McCollin-Walker's landscapes and seascapes inhabit a realm suspended somewhere between fantasy and reality.