Bridgeman featured artist at [email protected]

[email protected] returns to Government House, Saturday, 2 February, 1pm to 5pm.

The annual art event sees local artists showcase original arts of work, from paintings, ceramics, sculpture, photography, glasswork and thatch work, in the gardens surrounding Government House.

The popular festival was created by the National Gallery to help raise awareness of local Caymanian art, and to enable the public to interact with the country’s artists first hand. It is co-hosted by Governor Stuart Jack and his wife Mariko, and sponsored annually by Walkers.

This year’s featured artist is David Brigeman, a full-time artist, arts educator and curator at the NG, a press release said.

David has exhibited throughout the Caribbean, Canada, Scotland and France, and his work appears in the collections of the National Museum, Cayman National Cultural Foundation and the National Gallery and such prestigious private collections as Deutsche Bank, KPMG and Butterfield Bank, here and abroad. In addition, he has illustrated a book of children’s stories and has produced book covers for the Caribbean Writers Series, published by Heinemann Press.

David works mainly in oils and often incorporates printing and collage to produce large and expressive works. His signature style combines colour and collage with passion for Expressionism, a style in which an artist seeks to depict not objective reality but rather the subjective emotions and responses that objects and events arouse.

His paintings have been described as austere and aggressive, reminiscent at times of the German Expressionists. Many paintings have strong emotional ties to the landscape and the figure. Symbols are often used to convey a thought or a feeling, together with strong gestural strokes and colours.

His work will be on display at the event, where he will be discussing his artwork with visitors to the show.