The Collections to shine spotlight on local artists

Opening on Tuesday, 30 January for a two-week run, The Collections at the Morgan Gallery will feature a selection of artwork by six of Cayman’s most prolific artists.

Randy Chollette, Avril Ward, Gordon Solomon, April Bending, C.E. Whitney and John Broad have all teamed up for the show, each bringing their own collection of work, specifically created for the exhibition.

The artists are among some 25, both local and international, represented by the gallery, located at Galleria Plaza on West Bay Road.

‘Part of the gallery’s objective is to support local artists and I particularly wanted these six to take over the gallery as they are among some of my favourite,’ Geraldine Morgan, owner of Morgan Gallery, said.

The show has no set theme; the artists have simply been asked to produce a collection of work which has a consistent element running through it. Ms Morgan hopes the idea will result in a diverse show and an eclectic mix of artwork.

Some artists have chosen a specific style of painting or medium to work in; some have been inspired by aspects of island life.

‘I wanted a show that had all sorts of different mediums and styles, so someone visiting the exhibition would find something that they liked,’ Ms Morgan explained.

Each artist will show a minimum of eight artworks. All pieces will be for sale, with some available as limited editions, hand-finished glicee prints offering an affordable alternative.

The Morgan Gallery, which has gained a reputation as one of the top venues in Cayman to shop for fine art, aims to host regular quarterly exhibitions, featuring both local and international artists.

To find out more contact the gallery at 943-5566.

Randy Chollette

Randy is a self-taught artist. Born in the Cayman Islands, his work is in collections in the US, UK, the Cayman National Gallery and The Cayman National Cultural Foundation. His work ranges from figurative to abstract, covering themes such as spirituality, landscape, cultural artefacts and political statements. Randy has received numerous awards. His most recent accolade was winning the McCoy Prize Art competition in 2004.

John Broad

John moved to Grand Cayman in 1989 from the UK when he took up an art teaching post at the Cayman Islands High School. Since then he has held many solo shows and participated in numerous group exhibitions. In 2003 he was commissioned by the National Gallery to paint the quincentennial year Wall of History. His work can be found in collections across the US and Europe and is infused with colour, movement and passion for the human spirit.

Gordon Solomon

A member of Native Sons, Gordon has held numerous solo exhibitions and participated in a number of group shows. He has been commissioned to paint murals at a variety of locations, including the Mango Tree Restaurant, The Globe Bar and the SDA Church in Newlands. In 2003 Gordon spent six months developing his fine art skills at the University of Superior Art in Cuba.

Avril Ward

Avril was born in Scotland, schooled in South Africa and moved to Grand Cayman in 2002. She is a self-taught artist and in 1999 she started focusing on fine art, painting canvases on a full-time basis. Since then, Avril has become a prolific painter participating in numerous group exhibitions and holding a number of solo shows, including most recently Flavour, in 2005 at the Grand Old House.

April Bending

April’s work has been exhibited globally and can be found in collections in Canada, Japan, UK and the Cayman Islands. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Alberta. Aril moved to Grand Cayman in 2001. Strongly influenced by her surroundings she began painting realistic impressions of day-to-day sights. Hurricane Ivan in 2004 deeply affected her work and April’s style changed dramatically. Rather than capturing visual images of Cayman she went back to her roots in abstraction, this time with subtle figurative references.

C.E. Whitney

Carolyn trained at Central St. Martin’s School of Art and Design. She paints in a realistic style, using thin glazes, which helps her to achieve a sense of clarity in her work. She has held numerous solo and group exhibitions. The artists work has been purchased by collectors in the UK, Canada, US and the Cayman Islands.

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