News day reporter
Horizons Art Gallery will welcome a trio of talented women in September, he said in a statement, with surreal sculptures by Maria Diaz, floral studies by Gaby Beston Edwards and abstracts by Janine Laronde Andrew.
Delighting in the cathartic experience of working with clay, Diaz uses her practice as a way to make sense of her surroundings. She has a love of the human figure which she manipulates to create surreal sculptures that explore topics such as gender, mortality and the human psyche.
Diaz nurtured her love for art at Bishop Anstey High School East and then UWI, where she graduated in 2017 with honors in the BA Visual Arts program. While at university, she received the Canada-Caricom Leadership Scholarship, which allowed her to spend a year as an exchange student at the University of Calgary.
Since 2019, Diaz has exhibited her work at Horizons Art Gallery, and her work has entered several prominent national collections. This year, she had the honor of creating and unveiling the largest monument in East Port of Spain in collaboration with artist Sherlann Peters, commissioned by the Emancipation Support Committee.
Beston Edwards is a Venezuelan-born Trinidadian artist. His education began in the heart of Port of Spain and took him across the Atlantic to southern England and New Orleans. Returning home in 2004, Beston Edwards immediately began exhibiting and had over six solo shows and participated in several group shows.
Her work pays homage to the vibrant Technicolor life at the heart of Caribbean life. Each piece is a jewel box of color and depth, welcoming the viewer into a deeper relationship with themselves and the natural world. Through a botanical exploration in a style that is both realistic and abstract, the viewer is immersed in an experience of nature. His South American roots give a mystical air to his way of seeing the world around him. Beston Edwards’ work is a welcome reminder of gratitude and appreciation for the beautiful landscapes of the Caribbean.
Laronde Andrew has been painting on and off in realistic watercolour, acrylic and mixed media for many years, with his first solo exhibition in 2002, and seven others to his credit since.
This year is unlike any other of Laronde Andrew’s exhibitions, as she has challenged herself with an abstract style of painting. This interest started after a close friend asked him to do two abstract paintings. New and exciting, abstract art brought a new learning experience and she wanted to explore it more. This body of work is different, colorful and playful, with each piece connected to another.
The exhibition can be visited in person or virtually on September 6. Those who wish to attend the virtual opening can do so from 5:30 p.m. via the link: https://www.facebook.com/Horizonsarttrinidad/
The online show will be streamed live, with the artists in attendance, so viewers are encouraged to interact and join the chat.
Art lovers can also attend the opening in person from 6.30pm to 8pm at Horizons Art Gallery, 37 Mucurapo Road, St James Current health protocols will be in place.
This exhibition is also visible at the gallery until September 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
For details, call 628-9769.