New talent emerges

Cayman Traditional Arts is currently hosting another new art exhibition at The Gallery of The Ritz-Carlton, featuring a wide selection of local artists who all were given the chance to interpret the theme ‘Emerge’.  Art work by Guy Harvey, Courtney Platt, Jo Austin, CE Whitney, John Broad, Cathy Church, Randy Chollette, Mikael Seffer and Chris Christian are all featured in this uplifting exhibition.

Mikael Seffer has emerged on the local art scene in recent months as a force to be reckoned with, displaying his exciting talent at a couple of art exhibitions. His biggest exhibition by far is currently part of Cayman Traditional Arts’ latest Emerge exhibition where he has a stunning range of work on display.

Seffer has lived in Cayman for more than 20 years and is a designer as well as an artist. His surroundings have played a major part in his creative inspiration, which he has used to explore a variety of elements and medium, such as water, concrete, pigments, aged metal, paint and resin. Not content with creating work on simple canvas, Seffer’s passion for abstract art can be found on a variety of raw, textured and metal surfaces, his vision incredibly unique and always exciting.

“I love colour and movement and therefore creating a rhythm in my work,” he says. “It’s really fun to see how different pigments react on different surfaces and with different medium.”

His latest collection includes experimenting with resin to give a shiny surface to his fluid pieces.

“It’s a learning process for me and generally each piece requires many different stages in its creation, requiring a layering of pigment and colour until the desired finish is achieved,” he explains.

Seffer says he generally works with his canvas or concrete base flat, often tilting the base to produce a loose liquid-like effect. The result is a collection of striking pieces that cleverly reflect the natural elements that Seffer has named each individual piece. ‘Ebb and Flow’ and ‘Caymanite’ are innovative artistic interpretations of natural elements that we see in Cayman everyday but don’t necessarily appreciate in terms of their beauty.     Definitely a talent to watch in the coming months.