International artists join online gallery
Two international artists have joined the Bermudian online Black Pony Gallery.
The addition of Dede Brown, of the Bahamas, and David Bridgeman, of the Cayman Islands, meant that Black Pony now has 15 artists representing five Atlantic islands, including Bermuda.
Lisa Howie, an independent art curator who runs Black Pony, said the newcomers “add new energy and forms of expression to the gallery group”.
Mr Bridgeman had made his debut with an online solo exhibition, featuring original mixed-media paintings.
David Bridgeman: Finding the Way is on now through October 23.
He said: “The works, although abstracted images, are rooted in some way to an object, place or emotion. They have a sense of place or belonging.
“I utilise whatever materials and paints are currently available at the time and these dictate the image. A variety of supports are used: plywood, canvas, paper, aluminium, plastic.
“The images are created in a variety of ways through the use of acrylics, oils, collage, charcoal, oilstick, printmaking. There is much reworking. Each piece struggles to find its way.”
Mr Bridgeman was born in Britain, and moved to the Caribbean to teach in the 1980s.
The self-taught artist has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Cayman, London and the Dominican Republic.
His work appears in the Deutsche Bank Global Art Collection in New York and in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Cayman Islands.
Ms Brown was born in Freeport, Grand Bahama, and now lives in Spanish Wells, Eleuthera.
She studied at the Savannah College of Art&Design, and has permanent sculptures in Nassau Airport and at BahaMar Resort.
Ms Brown has had her work shown at several exhibitions in Nassau, and in two international residencies.
Ms Howie said: “Brown’s work is very often figurative with a strong focus on female and androgynous forms.
“Through social experiences and observation, her curiosity has taken her to investigate social stigmas surrounding gender roles, sexual and racial identity in the Bahamas and, more broadly, throughout the Caribbean.
“She uses several techniques such as screen printing, photo transfers and painting, often combined with other materials to create detailed, intimate portraits that reveal the tension between our emotional fragility and strength.
“She joins Black Pony Gallery with three powerful artworks that forecast what is to come in her solo exhibition later this year.”
Ms Howie launched Black Pony last year to develop international awareness of the contemporary visual-art movement in Bermuda and to boost creative opportunities and partnerships in the Atlantic/Caribbean region.
• Black Pony can be found at www.artsy.net/blackponygallery
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