Terry Grimes has made a name for herself on the local art scene with her atmospheric acrylics depicting landscapes of her favourite places – the Barkers area of West Bay, the Brac and the Blue Mountains of Jamaica – but now this multi-talented artist has embarked upon a new phase in her artistic journey.
Showcasing a stunning new collection of abstract art at her upcoming show, ‘Emerging Images’, taking place at Calypso Grill on 14 Dec. from 4pm, Grimes is excited to share her new artwork with visitors to the show.
She gave some background as to why she decided to work in this new genre of art.
“[In] May this year I travelled with some friends to the States to enjoy a painting vacation and they encouraged me to experiment with my artwork by adding cold wax with oils, which produced beautiful layered artwork that dried quickly for an oil,” Grimes explained. “When I returned to Cayman I began experimenting, using my acrylics with various gels and mediums to see what would happen.”
Starting with small canvases, her confidence grew along with the size of the artwork she then started to produce.
“I began really by just playing around to see what type of effect I could create, layering paint and making marks on small-sized canvases. This was a real change in direction for me as, up until this point, I had always just painted what I saw. This is a different way of painting that requires a freeing up of the mind, so you get quite lost in the work, and I absolutely love it,” she confirmed.
Grimes added that the challenge with this type of artwork was knowing when to stop painting.
“When you work on this layering process you really need to be selective, adding and subtracting paint as you go, but overall I am finding myself saying over and over ‘more paint!’”
The result has been another atmospheric collection, with the viewer able to interpret the colourful pieces in their own way, with Grimes capturing light, shade and colour on each canvas.
Recently, the artist found she had got to the stage where she had about 20 pieces of art of all shapes and sizes, so she felt ready to exhibit. Canvases she is currently working on are around 18 inches by 24 inches.
“I’ve held a number of art shows at our Calypso Grill restaurant here in West Bay and they have been really successful,” Grimes stated. “It’s a lovely location in which to enjoy the artwork, as well as catch up with friends at this afternoon soiree. I would love everyone to come up and enjoy the art, have a nibble and a glass of wine and chat with me, because I’m really excited about what I’ve created so far.”
A resident of Cayman since 1986, Terry is originally from Baltimore where she received her BA from the University of Maryland in classical archaeology/classical art in 1975.
Following graduation, with a year’s study of art restoration and life drawing at L’Accademia di Belli Arti in Ravenna, Italy, she began painting. Since then, various courses, workshops, and ‘plein air’ retreats over the past 30 years have furthered her development.
Working mainly in oils and acrylics, her pieces have been purchased by the Visual Arts Society, Cayman National Cultural Foundation and the Cayman Islands Museum. Her work is also in private collections both locally and abroad.
• Her acrylic painting ‘Head of Barkers – Mangrove’ was purchased by the Cayman National Gallery in 2012 for its permanent collection
• Her acrylic painting ‘West Bay Skyline Collage’ was given the Ogier Award in 2010
• She was one of 14 painters representing Cayman in the Guyana Carifesta in 2008
• Her oil painting ‘Rapture’ was one of five pieces selected to represent Cayman in the Carib Art Traveling Exhibition which opened in Curacao in 1993
• Her oil painting ‘Thatchscape’ was one of four chosen to represent Cayman at the Biennial in the Dominican Republic in 1994
• Her oil painting ‘East End Roadside’ was purchased by the Cayman Islands Government in 1990 for the Governor’s Residence
Emerging Images takes place on Saturday, 14 Dec. from 4pm and all artwork will be for sale.