Henry Muttoo, artistic director of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation, was one of the first to recognise the genius of Miss Lassie’s work, following her visionary experience.
At the age of 62 she began to paint not only on canvasses, but also on the walls, doors and ceilings of her South Sound home, and continued to paint prolifically until her death in 2003. A strong Christian theme runs through all her work, with many paintings depicting specific verses or stories from the Bible.
Prayer Canvasses, a collection of her paintings is currently on display at the National Gallery.
The exhibition was curated by Henry Muttoo and on Thursday, 7 March, he will be giving a special Curator’s Lecture.
During the lecture, he will talk about Miss Lassie’s life, her work and the paintings in the context of her life.
Mr. Muttoo says he may even interpret some of her work, with the aid of a slide show, to give people an understanding of her paintings, that goes beyond what one initially sees.
For over twenty years Mr. Muttoo has been a driving force behind getting Miss Lassie’s work recognised not only locally but also internationally, and is probably the foremost expert on her life and work.
The CNCF has published a 156-page book on Miss Lassie, they acquired a total of 124 of her paintings and have also purchased and undertaken the restoration of her former home, now known as the Mind’s Eye Cultural Centre. Her works can also be found in private collections in the UK, US, Germany, Jamaica and South Africa and she has been profiled in books on intuitive art worldwide.
The lecture begins at 6pm on Thursday, 7 March, at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands.