Artists reflect Cayman’s greatness

Cayman Reflections recently opened at The Gallery of The Ritz-Carlton, an art exhibition produced by Cayman Traditional Arts that was designed to celebrate Cayman through the unique eye of artists. Patrick Broderick, Greg Lipton, Dora Williams, Sue Howe, Renate Seffer, Al Ebanks, Chris Christian, Avril Ward, Mikael Seffer, Christel Ibsen, Gordon Solomon, Maureen Lazarus and Hannah Cook are all exhibiting.

Huge boards dripping with shiny resin in blues, aquas and greens are the trademark of Mikael Seffer’s work. For the reflections show he has delivered 17 pieces in all – all magnificent examples of Mike’s love of resin art.

This show in particular depicts the evolution of this art form, with Mike’s earlier pieces on concrete bases juxtaposed with canvas wrapped plywood that comprise his most recent pieces.

“I moved towards using plywood and canvas because it’s much lighter and people can hang them more easily on their walls,” he explains.

Mike says he is currently enjoying playing with texture as well as deeply pigmented colours such as the blue that he has used for recent pieces which he acquired on a trip to Morocco.

Avril Ward was particularly excited at this most recent exhibition of her work, as her unique and highly emotive sculptures have been cast in bronze into limited edition pieces of just 45 per piece.

“The sculptures have been cast in a foundry located in Thailand that employs the traditional methods of casting,” she says.

Avril used her original sculptures created from her ‘A Day in the Life of’ residency at the National Gallery last year for her bronze sculptures and the result is an indestructible piece of artwork that depict elongated figures in various states of emotion. It’s a fascinating collection that will no doubt grace homes across the island.

Continuing to ‘play around’ (her words) with shapes and forms, Maureen Lazarus has created some delightful abstract-come-realistic examples of floral art with her entries in the Reflections exhibition. Collage pieces that employ recycled paper to build up the image appear to grow out of the wall and look delightful without the need for a canvas base/. These are set aside more traditional paintings that depict breadfruit and other vegetation in all its glory. A true feast for the eyes.

Al Ebanks likes to work large scale and viewers will not be disappointed with his entries in this exhibition, with huge bold canvases that speak to his trademark style. His Dance painting (created in 2003) brings the banned Batabano ‘Mudders’ alive once more with a seemingly abstract piece that actually makes quite obvious sense if you take the time to look.

His Hidden painting (painted back in 1996) is another example of an abstract piece that requires concentration to find the hidden view. Made up of around 10,000 separate squares, this mixed media piece hides a panther in the background, just waiting to pounce. Following the same theme his most recent painting (created last year) ‘Skinny Dip’ reflects Al’s childhood growing up swimming in George Town’s Hog Sty Bay.

These three pieces have really chartered my development as an artist,” he says. “The paintings are a reflection of my artistic journey.”

Dora Williams says that this will be her last exhibition in Cayman, pending her departure in July to move back to UK.

“I have submitted some of my favourite subjects in this exhibition: portraits of African women series, roses and a figure of a woman along with several pieces depicting island themes such as sea shells, sailing boats, star fish and roosters. I came on island in 2000 and it is here that I pursued my painting career further. I am very grateful to Cayman for inspiring me with its natural beauty.”

Dora says the immense light in Cayman has inspired her to paint the vibrancy of colours found everywhere in nature on the island.

“Cayman and the people I have met will always have a special place in my heart,” she confirms.