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Crichlow’s art reflects spiritual concerns

Thursday, July 9, 2015
Featured artist Kenwyn Crichlow and Adele Bynoe. Photos: SEAN NERO

Kenwyn Crichlow’s latest solo exhibition titled Living Ground: Paintings of Light, Circumstance and Experience, opened at the Y Art Gallery on June 29 with the pomp that an artist of this calibre is expected to command. 

It showcased works that reflect some of his ethical and spiritual concerns with symmetry, asymmetry, pleasure and the well making of that which in his view needs to be seen. 

Crichlow, a senior lecturer at the Department of Creative and Festival Arts, UWI, St Augustine, had his last solo show at the same gallery in 2013. He has shown locally and internationally during his long and celebrated career. 

“Collectively, the paintings take an optimistic view of a cultural question: Can art exist for itself without the outward reflection of specific everyday imagery?” Crichlow said. 

“Painting is the pathway, a processual to the secret landscape of the mind, the chalice space in which paint material emerges as the ‘living ground’, the artist said in a statement issued by the gallery.” 

He added, “These paintings operate through the multiple frames of a picture plane, my studio, and the exhibition site to propose a history of improvisations around the square. Each is intended to be technically challenging, arising from the relations between the dimensions of 24x24 inches and a proportional balanced response to an evolving, progressive history of personal change.” 

The exhibition would continue until July 11. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, and Saturday 9 am to 2 pm.


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