People to People

Hosted by Captial Union Bank of The Bahamas
November 29, 2019
When speaking to my father about his work and the stories which drive it, I am endlessly taken by his incredible and unguarded excitement for the world. His work makes us privy to these pleasures derived from his surroundings, which at this moment are seemingly seldom expressed. His view of the world is so generously shared with us by simple but deeply intimate, physical gestures, which are simply a continuation of the interactions he has as he moves through the world.
For over thirty years now, my father’s work has been a symptom of a long relationship with The Bahamas. After such time, he is still struck by the beauty of the place, and with a ceaseless curiosity, he continues to find new subjects and is still committed to the ones he has been painting for as long as he has been here.
Observing the development of his work around The Bahamas for my entire lifetime, I have always understood him to work with familiar subjects, and so I wondered how he was able to develop this new trajectory of work, focusing on his too brief, and first-time encounter with Tanzania this past year. Earnestly laying out his vulnerabilities, he described the immediate emotional shock of being in a new place, the initially strange and unfamiliar interactions, that so differed from the comfort of what he knows here and the resulting uncertainty in where to begin making work. What I now understand is that my father does not simply paint what he knows, but rather, to borrow his words “what I have under my feet.” His paintings are born out of a direct emotional response to what he lives.
Through these bodies of work, we are able to bear witness to these intimate interactions and relationships. The paintings and drawings and the considerable process of making them are a show of gratitude to these worlds that have been graciously opened up to him— they preserve the memories of these lived experiences and encapsulate his remarkable sentiments towards his subjects.
Julia Lamare
Assistant curator CAG Vancouver BC
 Maasai wife – 30.5 x 47 inches
Watercolour on canvas
Oh James – 22 x 29 inches
Watercolour on Strathmore paper 
 James – I do – 22 x 29 inches
Watercolour on Strathmore paper 
 200 year old lady – 20 x 29 inches
Watercolour on Strathmore paper 
Ernest & Maurices’ world – 14 x 22 inches
Graphite on Strathmore paper 
 Sailing home – 25 x 41 inches
Watercolour on canvas 
Mr James Sweeting – 30 x 20 inches 
Charcoal, casein & black ink on lokta paper  
• Wash day #4 – 29 x 14.5 inches
Charcoal, casein & black ink on canvas 

 

Ophelia 2nd drawing for thrashing peas
24 x 14.5 inches
Graphite on Strathmore paper 
Ophelia’s golden scarf -19 x 29 inches
Watercolour on Strathmore paper
• Tribute to Ophelia’s life – 20 x 30 inches
Watercolour on paper 
Rope of life #1 – 16 x 22 inches 
Graphite on Strathmore paper 
Rope of life #2 – 16 x 13 inches
Graphite on Strathmore paper 
Study of Omars right arm – 14 x 10 inches Graphite on Strathmore paper 
Wandering thoughts – 29 x 14.5 inches
Charcoal, casein & black ink on canvas 
Lekoko Maasai tracker – 25.5 x 11 inches
Charcoal on Rives paper 
Buffalo, The old guys – 20 x 30 inches
Watercolour over charcoal on lokta paper 
Maasai wife #1 – 16 x 23 inches
Watercolour on Amate paper 
Lekoko 2nd study, Gentle warrior – 30 x 20 inches
Charcoal, casein & watercolour on lokta paper
Maurice Joseph Savannah Sound 
13 x 16 inches
Graphite on Strathmore paper
200 years old, The beauty of age
22 x 16 inches
Graphite, charcoal & ink on Strathmore paper 
Maurice Joseph, so close, yet so far 
21 x 14 inches
Watercolour on Strathmore paper 
Maurice Joseph – 22 x 22 inches
Charcoal, casein & black ink on paper 
Maasai wife #2 – 20 x 30 inches
Watercolour on chocolate lokta paper 
Lekoko 1st study – Watercolour on canvas – 23 x 27 inches

 

Elephant soul – 30 x 20 inches
Charcoal on lokta paper 
Thrashing peas #2 – 10 x 14 inches
Watercolour on rust on lokta paper 
Thrashing peas 1st study – 12 x 20 inches
Watercolour on rust lokta paper 
Caressing light – 62 x 40 inches
Watercolour on canvas 
Lekoko, reassuring presence – 29 x 19 inches
Charcoal, casein & watercolour on lokta paper 
Under the tree – 28.5 x 15.5 inches
Watercolour on blue lokta paper