Bidding is under way for an original painting that aims to raise funds – and awareness – for the unwanted and neglected animals of the islands.
Speak to Us, Speak for Us is a work by Prince Boyd that’s currently on display as part of his solo exhibition at Grand Old House.
The piece is inspired by a real-life tale of a dog that had been viciously attacked with a machete earlier this year. The three-year-old Labrador cross had most of its tail cut off and suffered severe wounds to its throat, face and body.
Dr. Brenda Bush and her team at Island Veterinary Services treated the dog, which recovered fully and was eventually adopted by a couple from the US.
The incident moved Mr. Boyd to share his concerns through his work.
‘That story really inspired me to reach out to the public through my artistic endeavour,’ he said. ‘The colours are very vibrant to show the feelings humans should portray towards animals – that they are like a friend to us.’
The painting is up for bids in a silent auction at Grand Old House that continues until the exhibition closes 22 July. Prospective buyers can also bid on-line at [email protected]
Funds raised will go to the Cayman Islands Humane Society.
The show – Mr. Boyd’s first solo exhibition – offers an eclectic mix of works, the majority in semi-abstract form incorporating a variety of media.
Many are inspired by island life, including such events as Hurricane Ivan.
All titled artwork is for sale.