Bathsheba, St. Joseph is known as one of the most beautiful places in Barbados, and as part of his birthday celebrations artist, Winston Kellman, will highlight the village which he calls home.
Last night at the Barbados Community College at “Morning Side” he opened a display of 63 pieces of his work through an exhibition called Time and Place. The work is part of the Mud and Flowers series and the Bathsheba series.
Speaking with Barbados TODAY at the Howell’s x Roads, St. Michael institution this evening, he said the two series took him about four years to complete and they totalled more than 100 pieces of art.
“I work in series,” he said, “and series take time, hence the name Time and Place. I am an artist who has a set of ideas or a set of concerns and work out these ideas through the production of work. So these are just investigations into areas that interest me. There is no real time limit on it; it takes as long as it takes for me to become this.”
The Mud and Flowers series looks at the contrast of mud which, he said, was the raw material of everything’ and flowers, which were the decorative material in everything. Moreover, he said, the Bathsheba series looked at its history – “which is quite brutal” – and then the beauty that is found there.
However, because of the length of time and the quantity of work they were compacted into one exhibition and from last night patrons were able get a delightful taste of the beauty of the art.
Kellman studied art under the tutelage of Grantley Prescod at the Parkinson Memorial Secondary School. His pieces were created using oil and canvas, charcoal and paper and water colour paper; having not dabbled in any other media since his graduation, he considered himself a pure painter.
The 60 year old has been an art tutor at the BCC since 1999 and he decided to host an exhibition because he felt it was important for his students to see the work of their tutors.
“Very little art is obviously descriptive – you are describing something but that thing has meaning to you so you interpret it how you want to. It is not a photograph so it cannot be a true representation; you interpret it how you like. So when I tell them off about things they would now have the opportunity to critique me,” he said.
Tomorrow there will be a panel discussion and the exhibition continues until September 28 at the college. (KC)