Artwork showcases nature in all its colourful glory

Artist Maureen Lazarus’s latest solo exhibition is scheduled to open at the Westin, Monday, 10 July.

The show, Colours of Nature, will include approximately 16 new artworks, all depicting nature in its colourful glory.

The artworks, all acrylic on canvas, include vivid landscapes and up-close snapshots of nature.

‘I want to show the natural beauty of nature,’ the artist said.

Maureen explained that a number of the artworks were painted shortly after Ivan hit.

‘I wanted to show that despite all the damage, there was still a lot of beauty to be found,’ she said.

Some of these artworks include pictures of broken, dead trees; however the artist has infused them with colour which she says brings them to life.

Many have a three dimensional affect, which Maureen says she has achieved by layering canvas on top of canvas.

The artist, who attended the Edna Manley School of Visual Arts in Jamaica, says that she has also attempted to depict nature from a different view, which she hopes will challenge the viewer to look at nature in a different way.

Explaining the intense colours in many of the paintings, she said: ‘It’s what I see. Colours are very important to me.’

A native of Jamaica Maureen has had a passion for art all her life. A keen painter of nature, landscapes and still lifes, the artist has demonstrated her diverse art skills on numerous occasions, often commissioned to paint portraits, abstracts, and, on occasions, branched out into interior design. She currently paints in her spare time out of her home studio in George Town.

The artist last exhibited at Grand Old House, in April this year at solo show My World of Colours. She has participated in a number of group exhibitions since she arrived in Cayman five years ago, including Cayfest, [email protected] and Art in the Park. Her work can be viewed at The Kennedy Gallery, West Shore Centre, and Pure Art on South Church Street.

Commenting on the show, Maureen said: ‘In the artwork for this exhibition I have just tried to capture the natural beauty of nature. People are so busy working that they don’t take time to study and appreciate nature around them. This show is about focusing on the good things and I hope that the artworks bring joy to the viewer.’

Colours of Nature opens at 6.30pm and all are invited to attend. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served.

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