Exhibition Continues until July 26. Gallery Hours 11am-6pm daily.
Like Father, Like Son
Artists Hayden and Johnathan Smith are about to embark on a new chapter in their lives, not only as artists but as father and son, when they showcase “Elementary: A Father Son Exhibition,” at the Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago (ASTT) on July 17th 2015.
“Elementary,” is essentially a play on words; a paradox of purpose; a building block. This exhibition of contemporary realism explores and showcases the defining features, talents and principles of these two emerging talents.
While both admit to being realists with respect to their artistic stylings, their differing views of this is what makes this pair both unique and insightful with a fresh perspective of their imagined and created worlds.
Dad sees the world from a more puritanical position where the beauty that surrounds life cannot be found in the extravagant and exaggerated but in the simplest and purest form of ordinary objects. It is in his skilful attention to detail of these objects, which tends to go unnoticed by the overwhelmed observer who is caught up in life’s traffic jam, where his paintings can evolve from plain and mundane to stunningly realistic and almost photographic.
Naturally Hayden’s main studies are usually in nature, architecture and still life.
His son, still immersed in the blissful naivety of teenage rebellious youth, fashions his paintings to a world where the dreamer creates his own perfect reality evoking an untainted sense of the idealist romantic in all of us. He is known for including elements that are slightly out of place from the overall context to change things up to suit the mood he is trying to create. It is a composition of fickle emotions reflected in the work of the artist that is often times viewed as bold, refreshing and thought provoking.
He incorporates his aesthetic interpretations of local culture and terrain into this philosophy. Currently, his work is aimed at highlighting the importance of conservation, and its lack thereof, in Trinidad and Tobago, both culturally and environmentally.
Though this is the first exhibition by the father son duo, Johnathan will be soon leaving our shores to further his academic studies which bring an added touch of sentimentality to this first showing. However both view this joint exhibition as a showcase of what they can do, what they have to offer, and a statement of how serious they are about painting, as opposed to a send off before Johnathan’s impending departure.
This joint father son exhibition commences with an opening reception on July 17th 2015, from 7:30pm – 10pm while the exhibition will run from July 18th to July 26th from 11am to 6pm daily at The Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago; Corner Jamaica Blvd. & St. Vincent Ave. Federation Park, Port of Spain.