Cayman’s artists look to France for artistic inspiration

The quaint medieval village of Vouvant in Western France is proving popular with Caymanian artists looking for artistic inspiration.

In September, last year, Bendel Hydes paid a visit to the rural idyll; in July this year artist John Broad will travel there for a painting/cycling holiday.

Like Bendel, John will stay with David and Helen Genty, owners of the local art gallery – Galerie de la Tour.

During his 10-day stay, John plans to combine his two passions; cycling and art.

‘I hope to cycle out into the countryside, making four to five sketches/ paintings as I go,’ he said.

John, who has developed a particular interest in landscapes, plans to do a series of artworks, which will lead up to a solo exhibition in Cayman later this year.

‘David Genty is a friend of Andreas Ugland, a patron of mine,’ John explained. ‘I happened to mention to him that I would like to go on a cycling/painting holiday and he suggested I contact David,’ said the artist who was unaware of Bendel’s earlier visit.

Bendel travelled to Vouvant to help the Gentys establish an artists’ resident programme and cultural exchange for Cayman’s artists.

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, including the National Gallery’s most recent exhibition, Arreckly. 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.

John is looking for sponsors. Contact the artist at [email protected].

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