Charles Long revisits George Town

One of Cayman’s most popular and prolific artists, Charles Long, is set to exhibit his work at the Marriott this Thursday.

Charles Long

Artist Charles Long is pictured in his studio holding one of his most recent artworks, Looking Down South Church Street, acrylic on board.
Photo: Joanna Lewis

The one-night only exhibition – George Town Revisited – features 11 pieces, each depicting George Town.

The colourful artworks depict popular scenes and buildings in Cayman’s capital, such as South Terminal, Bayshore Mall and Hammerheads, as well as small fishing boats in the harbour.

The paintings, all acrylic on board and canvas, were created over the past six months. Charles Long said he chose to do the series as he felt it was time to catch up on the development in George Town.

‘I have frequently been called the chronicler of Cayman. I have been here since 1969 and since that time have recorded in art Cayman’s development.

‘A lot of the buildings depicted in this new series never existed when I first came to Cayman. I like to keep up to date capturing and recording Cayman as it develops.’

The full-time artist has worked from photographs to ensure exact details, although he said proportions are not exact.

‘It was a fun series to do. It is significantly different from my regular work, which is often imaginative. This series is very factual,’ he said.

Mr. Long has been recording everyday life in Cayman for more than 35 years. Arriving in 1969 from the UK, the West African born artist is well known for his lively two-dimensional, stick-figure style, which reflects life in the Cayman Islands. From seascapes to landscapes, Charles Long is one of Cayman’s most established artists.

He has held numerous solo shows and group exhibitions, most recently the Festival at The Gallery, Ritz-Carlton. Internationally he has exhibited at Carifesta and the Biennial of Painting in Santo Domingo. His last solo show was held at the Westin resort in 2005.

George Town Revisited opens this Thursday, 22 May, at 7pm. Refreshments will be provided. All artworks are for sale.

The artist’s work can be viewed at the Kennedy Gallery, Pure Art and the National Museum Shop. In addition, Mr. Long’s work can be viewed at his studio in Savannah, by appointment only.