Prolific artist opens studio doors for annual show

Artist
Charles Long, one of Cayman’s most prolific painters, is opening his studio
doors to the public on Thursday, 15 July.

The
60-year-old is mounting his annual solo exhibition and art sale in the newly
air-conditioned space in the grounds of his home at 114 West Lane, Savannah,
off Pedro Castle Road.

The
show, titled Charles Long July 2010 solo exhibition, reflects his continued
interest in chronicling the simple beauty of Cayman life. The majority of the
artwork on display will be landscapes deftly painted in his trademark sparse
style.

“My
latest pictures cover my ongoing interest in distilling the local landscape to
its most distinguishable and well-known features,” he said.

One
aspect of his latest work that has changed, however, is his use of more vibrant
colours, a fact the painter attributes to “some need for a change”.

Influenced
by French post-impressionist Henri Rousseau, rather than L.S. Lowry, Long’s
vast body of work leans towards primitive art and is refreshingly honest and
uncomplicated: no hidden meanings there.  

From
6.30-8.30pm, visitors can browse, buy, and commission the work.

The
painter who has staged numerous group and solo exhibitions and has had a major
2002 retrospective during his long and noteworthy career will be in attendance.

Varying
in size from 19” x 30” to 30” x 44”, all the pictures come ready to hang.

The
painter, whose father Athelstan Long was the first Governor of the Cayman
Islands, has lived locally since he was 20 and has shown internationally.

A
pioneer of Cayman Art since his arrival from England in 1969, he was one of the
Visual Arts Society’s charter members.

Light
refreshments will be available.

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