A retrospective features life of Walker’s watercolour work

The National Gallery is hosting a
new exhibition titled Janet Walker – A Retrospective, featuring 35 of the
artist’s well loved watercolours.

Walker, a long-standing member of
the Cayman Islands arts community, offers pieces inspired by the unique colour
and landscape of the island. Though she originally painted in oils, she traded
that for watercolours shortly after her arrival from Canada in 1963 and began
painting outdoors in order to authentically capture Cayman’s rapidly changing
light.

In the years since, she has
travelled frequently around all three islands, painting some of Cayman’s most
beloved views. Her subjects include the spectacular and ever-changing seascapes
and landscapes, and the iconic Caymanian architecture in each district.

National Gallery Director, Natalie
Urquhart says of her work, “Janet Walker has a truly gifted ability to capture
our ever-shifting light and its effects on our environment. She began painting
at a time when the visual arts community was in its infancy and has risen to
become one of the most recognisable artists in Cayman.

“Seen together for the first time,
this beautiful collection of work pays homage to both our cultural heritage and
our natural environment. It is a record of much that has been lost.”

Sponsor Caledonian “is especially
proud to partner with the National Gallery for this exhibit, as Janet Walker is
a member of our corporate family,” said Nicole Gordon, Caledonian’s Marketing
and Business Development Manager. “We are thrilled that her vibrant and innovative
creations will be on display. The exhibit will offer local art patrons and
visitors from around the world, the opportunity to experience a truly cultural
marvel.

Featuring 35 of the artist’s works
Janet Walker – A Retrospective is the most comprehensive display of her work to
date.

The show opens to the public on
Friday, 3 September and will run until 10 November 2010.  

Members’ preview is at 6pm
Thursday, 2 September. Curator’s lecture is set for 6pm Tuesday, 7 September.

In addition, a lunchtime lecture
series has been scheduled for Wednesday, 22 September and Wednesday 27 October
from 12.15-12.45 pm.

For more information on this
exhibition or other NGCI programmes, call 945-8111 or log on to
www.nationalgallery.org.ky

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