Twenty-two paintings by the late Caymanian visionary intuitive, Gladwyn K. Bush, affectionately known as Miss Lassie, were purchased last week by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation, a press release said.
This brings the number of Miss Lassie’s paintings owned by CNCF to one hundred and twenty four.
The paintings, some of which received water damage during Hurricane Ivan, were entrusted shortly after the storm to the care of CNCF by Miss Lassie’s son and heir to the works, Richard Bush.
CNCF, through artistic director Henry Muttoo, made an offer to Mr. Bush, on behalf of the CNCF, to purchase the paintings and the organization submitted the proposal to the Government, which approved the funds.
Mr. Muttoo pointed out that this acquisition is another major step in the country holding on to what is critical to its traditions, particularly since they represent the last paintings completed by Miss Lassie, some only days before she passed away.
The paintings, Mr. Muttoo added, have been expertly cleaned by Mrs. Mary Peever but many of the stretchers have been damaged and will need to be replaced, while some paintings, particularly those on untreated glass will need further, conservation work.