Artworks donated to gallery

Gary Lindsay of Atlantic Star and Natalie Urquhart, Cayman Islands National Gallery director, beside Bendel Hydes's 'Untitled.'

The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands has acquired two new artworks by local artists.

The paintings by Maureen Andersen and Bendel Hydes were donated by Atlantic Star Ltd. and will grow the gallery’s Permanent Collection, which currently has more than 200 works of art.

Ms. Andersen’s acrylic “Yellow House” (2000) depicts a small house on the seafront, surrounded by local vegetation, in a secluded part of Grand Cayman.

‘Yellow House’ by Maureen Andersen
‘Yellow House’ by Maureen Andersen

Ms. Andersen, originally from England, has exhibited many of her paintings in galleries across London, and is heavily inspired by impressionist movements, such as the works of Monet and van Gogh. Upon arrival on Grand Cayman in 1976, she became inspired by the island’s panorama.

“Through her familiar use of rapid brush strokes and vivacious color, Yellow House captures the authenticity and rhythms of daily life on the island,” the gallery noted in a press release on the artwork donations.

Mr. Hydes’s acrylic on canvas, “Untitled,” (2004), depicts the subject of paint itself.

“Upon viewing this piece, you are invited to observe the layers of forms on the surface of the image,” gallery director Natalie Urquhart said.

After receiving formal training in both the U.K. and U.S. in the 1970s, Mr. Hydes honed his individuality as a conceptual painter.

In “Untitled,” “he delves into a sensory world of sight, sound and touch, constructing visual metaphors which enhance physical and conceptual possibilities,” Ms. Urquhart said.

She added, “The artworks which have been donated by Atlantic Star Ltd. are truly significant examples of the artists’ work and it is wonderful to know that they will be accessible to the public long into the future.”

Both works are now on view in the upper gallery.

“The [Permanent] Collection lies at the very core of the National Gallery mission to promote and preserve the art and heritage of the Cayman Islands,” said Ms. Urquhart. “It is an incredible artistic and educational resource for our country.”

Gary Lindsay from Atlantic Star Ltd. said the company was pleased to donate the unique works of Caymanian art to the National Gallery.

“It is important for these artists to be valued for their highly creative and individual talents,” he said. “We also understand how beneficial donations are to a growing National Collection, especially those works which capture the essence of Caymanian culture and heritage.”

Many of the works in the collection have been donated by artists, patrons and corporate organizations.

Admission to the National Gallery is free of charge and galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.