Chances are good that you’ve already seen and admired a painting by the artist who goes simply by the name Saba. Patrons who frequent Ragazzi restaurant will be familiar with his vibrant artworks on the walls, recognizable by their signature painted frames, and fans of the National Gallery and Museum know his pieces from exhibitions over the years.
Now, Saba is releasing his latest collection of works, titled “Seadrift,” at the Kennedy Gallery on Saturday. The main focus of this one-man show is the heritage of Cayman and its architecture. He has created a series of ocean scenes, palm trees, homes and horses.
An artist who is inspired by music and the beauty of nature, Saba has been in a relationship with Cayman for many years. Since 1992, he has been very active in the local art scene. His fame is not restricted to the islands; his works can be found in places such as Florida, Ireland, Hungary and elsewhere.
This latest show will be running until April 1, and the public is encouraged to stop by to see it. Saba’s main focus over the years has been the beach, coastal vistas and the changing scenes of Cayman that feature images telling a nostalgic story. He enjoys working at the location that he is painting. He likes to walk around an area for a long time to narrow his focus on his subject. The inspiration and model for his catboats series has been Captain Kem Jackson.
“I am one of the founding members of the Cayman Islands National Gallery,” says Saba. “I have [had] my works in [the] permanent collection in [the] Cayman Islands National Museum since 2001 and I am very proud of it.
“I have always said that Cayman made me a painter.
“Painting is a constant challenge and excitement and I really enjoy it. All my inspirations come from Cayman: the light, the people and its culture.
“I tried to capture this in different countries but have always had difficulty. My paintings always start out loose and slowly tighten up during the painting process.
“Art always has a very strong message, and in my show I want to show how Cayman has drifted from old to new.”
The public is invited to the launch of the ‘Seadrift’ exhibition at the Kennedy Gallery on Saturday from 6-9 p.m. For more information, call 949-8077 or email [email protected]