Cayman captured in brushstrokes

Debbie van der Bol, owner of Pure Art, on South Church Street, is delighted to be have a host of new and original Cayman paintings on display at her gallery and store.  

Throughout the month of March there will be four local “featured artists” whose new collections will be on display: Lorna Griggs, GiGi Genovese, Avril Ward and John Clark.  

Pure Art will be offering art collectors and customers discounts on all paintings with price tags over $100.  

  Local artist Lorna Griggs has been painting full time in Grand Cayman for over twenty years. “Lorna is consistently Pure Art’s top selling monthly artist, so it is a real pleasure to be featuring a selection of her newest acrylics on canvas,” said Ms van der Bol. “Lorna works in both watercolours and acrylics. We have a large selection of miniature watercolours measuring 3×5 inches or less and acrylics on canvas measuring three feet by four, or more. The watercolours in particular make excellent gifts. They can be purchased as stand alone items, or grouped together. Her acrylics are all gorgeous seascapes, creative tropical fruits, or colourful roosters, which are realistic but painted with impressive strokes and tones.” 

GiGi (Georgiana) Genovese has been painting for over 30 years. She paints in a realist style in acrylics, as well as pastels and watercolours. “GiGi’s love for the Cayman Islands shines in the true colours in her ocean views as well as lovely unique approaches to everyday Cayman: starfish underwater, George Town at night… the Cayman Blue Iguanas as portraits are delightful,” enthuses Ms van der Bol. Although her focus is often on seascapes because of the ever changing qualities of water, Gigi also paints still lifes and scene of daily life.  

Avril Ward, one of the most successful artists in Cayman, has a new collection of paintings on canvas which Ms Van der Bol describes as “ranging from abstracts to abstract colours within impressionistic/realistic subjects”. Collectors of Avril’s art will appreciate her unique colour palettes on each piece: soft purples on turquoise to bold greens and whites.  

John Clark is famed for his depictions of “old time Cayman” – an age before telephone wires or paved roads, when Cayman cottages lined sandy streets and life unfolded at a slower pace. John Clark’s paintings feature gingerbread houses, flame trees, bougainvillea and swaying coconut palms as well as people going about their daily life, in an easy, relaxed manner. All of his works capture the exuberance of colours of the Caribbean.  

Locals and visitors will appreciate this new selection of original Cayman art at Pure Art. Paintings are limited, so stop by soon to see the full selection of art by these talented artists. Pure Art also sells works by a number of other artists and crafts people. The staff at Pure Art will be happy to advise customers on purchases for the office, home, rental properties or as gifts. “The best loved art is purchased from the customer’s own reaction to a work of art: their love of a painting,” advises Ms van der Bol.  


Pure Art Gallery and Gifts is open Monday through Thursday 10am to 6pm, and Friday and Saturday 10am to 5.15pm 

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A recent painting by Avril Ward.

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Underwater scene by Gigi Genovese.

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Scene of old time Cayman by John Clark.