PRESS RELEASE – BFH Twenty Seventeen
By Simone Hamel-Smith
Beverley Fitzwilliam Harries is one of the most admired artists living and working in the country today. Admirers of Beverley’s distinctive style will not be disappointed by the pieces featured in her upcoming show, at 101 Art Gallery, opening on October 14th at 10am to two in the afternoon. Featured are the stylized figures in settings and poses evoking Caribbean life that we have come to associate with a Harries piece. Beverley’s use of color is bold and brash, and the effect is riveting. Her botanicals are represented in a riot of color, and even manicured landscapes take on a wild, primeval and untamed air under her brush. They are luscious and vivid, and they draw one inward.
It is always interesting to witness the evolution of an artist, and Beverley is unafraid of experimentation. Having attended a workshop in Barbados on poured painting hosted by Canadian artist Arial Lyons last January, Beverley returned home and began her own experimenting with the method; and the results are stunning.
Says the artist about these new pieces: “I pour with acrylic paints, both heavy and light flow acrylic. The acrylic is mixed with an extender and water, or sometimes just water. There are several different pouring techniques, the one I use is called a “dirty cup”, that’s how you get the “melee of colour.” There is also a swipe technique which I used in several pieces in order to get some definition and create semi abstract effect.”
Beverley explains that in some pieces she paints on top of a pour. In the work “Bush Fire” the artist painted in the bushes in the foreground in order to bring details into focus. The artist adds that the work “Chancellor Fire” is an example of another poured piece where she went in with a brush and painted in the distant fire in the hillside. The new poured work features colour that builds and blends lusciously, lending a very liquid feel to the work. The pieces are at once soothing and startling and possess something of an emotional force.
Beverley says always had a strong appreciation for Art throughout her primary and secondary schooling, therefore studying Fine Art in Canada with a Painting Major seemed a natural choice. Since 1975 Beverley has taken part in several group and collective shows in Canada, Barbados and Trinidad and has had several successful solo shows both in St. Lucia, and here at home. The artist’s work is part of many private collections internationally and to date she had held six solo shows.
This latest exhibition, titled simply “Beverley Fitzwilliam Harries Twenty Seventeen” is her seventh solo exhibition. This showing at 101 Art Gallery at 84 Woodford Street Newtown runs until October 25th.
The Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago presents “Rebirth” November Members Group Exhibition 2017. The exhibition will be held from Tuesday 14th November – Wednesday 29th November 2017.
Become a member today and showcase your artistic talent.
The Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago
AGM 2017 NOTICE
Dear Members of the ASTT,
The 2017 AGM will be held on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at 4.00 pm at the Society’s Headquarters. Members have been notified via email.
Members are asked to send the completed Nomination Forms and Nominee Acknowledgement Forms to the Acting Secretary by October 02nd, 2017. Nominations received after this date will not be considered. Completed forms may be hand-delivered to the ASTT Gallery or emailed to the Acting Secretary at email@example.com.
Please confirm your attendance by 3rd October 2017. We look forward to seeing you there.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 18th 2017
Contact: Neala Bhagwansingh
Cell: (868) 6817576
HARRY BRYDEN PRESENTS HIS FINAL EXHIBITION – A JOURNEY THROUGH THE PAST
Port of Spain, August 18, 2017 – At 87 years of age, renowned artist Harry Bryden presents his final exhibition, A Journey Through The Past.
Best known for his watercolours depicting tropical scenery, houses and portraits, Harry has not exhibited in six years. For A Journey Through The Past, he has drawn inspiration from his archives and produced striking pieces in oils, the medium he favoured in his early development as an artist. Harry believes these paintings to be some of his best work and is pleased to still have the drive to create and be relevant in a pastime he loves so much.
The exhibition will also feature pieces on loan from his family’s private collection, many of which have never been displayed in public. Limited Edition prints of Harry’s watercolours will be available for purchase.
A Journey Through The Past will open at 5:00pm on Friday 8th September, and will be held at the Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago in Federation Park. To encourage a more diversified ownership of his paintings, Harry has decided to have a silent auction with a blind bidding process, which will conclude with last bids on Friday 15th September at 3.00pm. Part proceeds from winning bids in excess of their base price will be donated to the All Saints Gordon Home for Senior Citizens.
A Journey Through The Past will continue until Friday 15th September. Gallery hours are 10am to 5pm, daily.
For more information please contact Neala Bhagwansingh at 6817576 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo of Harry Bryden