Leading voices painted a glowing picture of a man they described as genius and phenomenal, while paying tribute to iconic Barbadian visual artist Fielding Babb who died on Saturday at the age of 82.
Babb was a driving force on the local arts scene for about six decades.
With his unique style, Babb caught the attention of art lovers at home and abroad with this paintings which featured oils built up in layers with a palette knife to create a three dimensional effect.
More often than not his subject matter was Barbadian, be it landmarks, village life or other traditional scenes.
Babb had a deep passion for art and always remarked that his work was an attempt to “ document Barbados’ past for future generations”.
President of the Barbados Arts Council Sylvester Clarke told Barbados TODAY Babb’s preservation of all things Barbadian was the legacy of the artist, who he referred to as a pioneer, long time friend and strong supporter of the council.
“He has recorded most of Barbados over the years . . . everything about Barbadian culture he has recorded. He was a lover of Barbados and of Barbadian things. He has left an indelible impression on the arts and I want to pay a special tribute to him for encouraging us here at the Barbados Arts Council,” Clarke said.
Babb’s work will forever be part of the life of Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, who said Barbados has lost one of its more prominent icons in the arts.
“Fielding’s impressive body of work is a true testament to the deep love and passion he held for this beloved rock, for he was able to capture and archive the built and natural heritage of our island home with detailed precision, nuance and passion,” she said as she extended condolences to his family, friends and the artistic community.
For his part, Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley suggested that Babb would not only be missed in Barbados but across the Caribbean
He praised the contribution of the artist he described as “phenomenal” and “outstanding” for using his talent to preserve the landscapes of Barbados and to “tell the very rich history of our country”.
Lashley also saluted the late painter for being a vibrant and humble member of his community who was always ready to motivate young people.