Over the years Island Art Galleries has exhibited and sold MANY works by MANY artists. The list below was compiled in the hope that if you bought a piece of art from us, AT ANT TIME, then you should be able to find something about the artist here. The list is not intended to provide a full list of artists in Antigua & Barbuda, or the Caribbean, nor do we intend to imply that we still carry the work of every artist listed.
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ABBOTT-DORUM Heather. (Antigua) Over the years Heather has established herself as a leading light in Antigua's art Community.
Having been educated at the Antigua Girls High School, she taught art there for 25 years after completing her initial studies at the Leeward Islands Teachers Training College where she earned a C.F.T.C. Fellowship in 1985. She took a brief break from teaching in the mid 80's while she acquired an honors Diploma in Textiles from the Jamaica School of Art and her resulting works included pen and ink drawings, original apliquet wall hangings, tapestries, screen prints, tie dye, batik and hand painted fabrics, depicting a variety of Caribbean themes. For almost 20 years she has been involved in the design and construction of Antigua's Carnival Queen Costumes and she is the proud designer of the Antiguan National Costume.
Her work has been the subject of three solo exhibitions. The first was in September 1988 at the Cultural Dept. in St. John's Antigua. The second, in 1989, was held at the Island Arts Aiton Place Exhibition Center, Hodges Bay, Antigua. The third,was at Harmony Hall, Browns Bay, Antigua in 1997. She exhibited at the ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM, Toronto, Canada in 1991 and was one of five artists selected to represent Antigua at UNESCO,s CARIB ART Exhibition which started a world tour in 1994.
In 1996 she acquired a master's degree in textile art in the USA and her work changed dramatically to a more abstract style filled with personal icons involving paint, fabric and metallic thread on felt. This work was shown at the 3rd BIENAL OF PAINTERS OF THE CARIBBEAN AND CENTRAL AMERICA held at the MUSEUM OF MODERN ART in the Dominican Republic in 1996 where it was well received.
She currently works at the Ministry of Education and is a leading authority responsible for art education in Antiguan schools.
ABELARD Gesner. (Haiti) b.1922 Abelard was a mechanic, a detective and a sculptor before joining the Centre d,Art in 1946. His detailed, decorative, works have been exhibited in galleries and museums in Europe, South America and the U.S.A.
ALLEN Errol. (Jamaica) This prolific self taught artist produces bright energetic works in a multitude of mediums. His subjects are usually landscapes or studies of Caribbean life. He has taken part in many exhibitions in Jamaica and was selected to exhibit works at the Jamaican Consulate in Canada.
ANTHONY Leonard S. (St Lucia/Antigua) b. 1962. Leonard was born in St Lucia but moved to Antigua with his mother at the age of six. He is a classic peasant artist in the Caribbean style, forging on with his art while also making craft items and working as a gardener. He started painting seriously in 1980 and exhibited at the World Arts Festival in Barbados. Encouraged by Nick Maley, his popular works are bright and colorful with a strong bias toward the naive. His favorite subjects are, landscapes, portraits and abstracts. In 1992 his paintings were included in a group exhibition at the Dominican Republic's Museum of Modern Art and in 1993 he was one of five artists selected to represent Antigua at UNESCO,s CARIB ART Exhibition which starts a world tour in 1994.
ANTOINE Montas (Haiti) b. 1926. After service in the Haitian army, Antoine began to paint at the Centre d'Art in 1950. In 1960 he decided to devote himself to painting full time. He paints in a direct, primitive, style. His use of strong colors and pared down compositions make his works popular among collectors.
AZIZA (USA/Antigua) Aziza started painting in 1975. Her vibrant works traverse the boundary between Expressionism and Abstract Expressionism and are usually executed in acrylics. An award winner in both the Caribbean and the USA, she lived for many years in Antigua inspired by the islands colorful yet relaxed environment. A frequent exhibitor at the Antigua Art Society's Annual Exhibition, she has presented solo shows at Coates Cottage Gallery, and the Venezuelan Institute (Antigua) and also exhibited at 2ND BIENAL OF PAINTERS OF THE CARIBBEAN AND CENTRAL AMERICA held at the MUSEUM OF MODERN ART in the Dominican Republic in 1994. Around 1996 she moved to Barbados where she currently lives and works.
Her passionate paintings reflect the many years she spent traveling amongst the exotic people and colorful landscapes of the Orient, the Middle East and the Caribbean. Well received on both the East and West coasts of the USA they hang in galleries and private collections world wide.
BADGER Janet (USA/Antigua) Janet lived in Antigua for seven years whilst her husband was involved with the management of Halcyon Cove Hotel. She studied Art at Texas University where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1982. She specialized in producing detailed, original, INTAGLIO prints and her local scenes and Antiguan houses are particularly fine.
BALDWIN Joan. (England/Antigua) This part time painter has lived in Antigua for many years. She and her husband were influential members of the Antigua Art Society during its formative years and she served as President during the late 80's.
BARNWELL Albert This self taught landscape artist first visited Antigua in 1989 and did a number of charming studies of the island. Based in Guyana he continues to travel the islands producing inexpensive originals.
BEAVOIR Paul (Haiti) 1933-1973. Beavoir is another artist associated with Haiti's Centre d'Art . He later spent time at the Foyer des Arts Plastiques. His work was stylized and expressionistic, characterized by strong lines of demarcation with brightly colored backgrounds. Yellow was clearly one of his favorite colors. His untimely death has escalated the value of his work.
BENJAMIN Terry (Antigua) This young part time Antiguan artist became interested in art as a child and is keen to develop his skills. He entered the Sailing Week Signboard Competition several times and was always placed. His entry into the Island Arts Quest 1989, the Caribbean's largest art competition for 35 years, won Best Beachscape - Antigua. He is employed as a Secondary School Art teacher.
BENJAMIN Lyndel (Antigua) Lyndel is one of Antigua's most notable artists. He was encouraged by Lou Cottage and is a Co-founder of the Art Center at English Harbor. He won a scholarship and spent a year doing a foundation course in art at Middlesex Polytechnic, London, England. Lyndel has won many Antigua Art Society awards. He is now a tutor at the state collage and is undoubtedly the #1 role model for young Antiguan artists. His works are highly realistic and often include air brush techniques. They are extremely popular and consequently have risen in value considerably over the years.
BODIE The Mighty Artist (Antigua) Bodie is a self taught oil painter and sign writer. His style is quite distinct and has won him many prizes at The Antigua Art Society's Annual exhibition. He was one of several artists to represent Antigua at the 2ND BIENAL OF PAINTERS OF THE CARIBBEAN AND CENTRAL AMERICA held at the MUSEUM OF MODERN ART in the Dominican Republic in 1994.
BOOZ Ludovic (Haiti) b. 1940 Booz started painting at an early age. Both a painter and a sculptor he studied at Haiti's Academy of Fine Arts in 1960. He was the first Haitian sculptor to use beeswax to treat wood and is said to sculpt with a brush. He was commissioned to do a bronze bust of Francois Duvalier, President Dumarsais Estime and President John F Kennedy. He has taken part in numerous foreign exhibitions.
BOTTEX Seymour (Haiti) b.1920 Bottex began painting in 1955 encouraged by his renowned brother Jean-Baptist. In 1961 he joined the Centre d'Art and started exhibiting at the Issa Gallery in Haiti in 1967. From 1969 to 1980 he exhibited in the United States, England, France and Italy.
BRESIL Henry Robert (Haiti) b.1952 Bresil started painting in 1973 and soon established himself as a much lauded landscape artist. He won the Ispan-Unesco Prize of Honor at the Museum of Haitian Art at St Pierre's College in 1981. His work has received critical acclaim from the New York Times, the Miami Herald and numerous magazines. He has exhibited in Italy, France, the U.S.A., Puerto Rico, and Switzerland. He is one of Haiti's most successful contemporary artists and one of those commonly the subject of forgeries.
BROWN Babs (Canada/Antigua) One of Antigua's most prolific and influential ex-patriot artists, she studied Art at Toronto Technical School. She visited HAITI as a media correspondent in the 40's, met Dwitt Peters, (founder of the Centre D'art in Haiti), and witnessed the explosion of Haitian art. She lived in Antigua for many years, was closely involved with the Antigua Art Society and served as President. She moved back to Canada in 1991.
BROWN Marie (Antigua) Marie works at the Ministry of Education and is a leading authority responsible for art education in Antiguan schools. She studied art in Jamaica but her rare works are not commonly available.
BURNETTE Nuffield (Dominica/Antigua) b. 1958 into a poor family in Dominica this self taught part time artist and wood carver came to Antigua in 1980 to be an officer in the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda. Today he holds the rank of Corporal. He started painting in 1985 and his favorite subjects are flowers, boats, buildings and birds.
CAMPBELL Hedy. Born on a small Frisian island in the North Sea, Hedy moved to Quinte's Isle in Lake Ontario, Canada. She received training at Toronto's Central Tech. and gained degrees in philosophy and art education from Queen's University. She worked as a freelance artist in publishing. She moved to Antigua in 1988 and later taught art at Christ the King High School. Her lyrical, paintings capture the brilliant colors and motifs of the Island and her favored subjects are figure drawing, still lifes, interiors and illustrative scenes. Her paintings have been featured in several exhibitions in Antigua including shows at the Island Arts Galleries, Harmony Hall and Coates Cottage where she presented a solo exhibition in 1989. They have also received attention at the Antigua Art Society's annual exhibitions winning an Honorable Mention for her Acrylics in 1989 and "Best Watercolor" in both 1992 and 1993. In 1994 her art was included in the 2ND BIENAL OF PAINTERS FROM THE CARIBBEAN AND CENTRAL AMERICA at the Dominican Republic's MUSEUM OF MODERN ART.
CASIMIR Laurent (Haiti) b.1928 Casimir started painting under the direction of Dieudonne Cedor and quickly gained a reputation as one of Haiti's most popular primitive painters. His highly distinctive works, market scenes crammed with brightly attired people, sizably influenced the development of Haitian street art and the pseudo Haitian works produced in the Dominican Republic. He has served as a tutor to many other artists but this prolific painter's works have not gained value as rapidly as most of his contemporaries. This is possibly due in part to the hundreds of forgeries of his works that are produced each year and which are very hard to distinguish from the originals.
CAJUSTE R. (Haiti) Influenced greatly by BRESIL, this popular full time artist produces inexpensive works in the tradition of Haitian peasant painters.
CAMERON Rosie (Scotland/St. Kitts) Rosie has lived in St Kitts for almost 20 years. Her vibrant watercolors of carnival clowns and local scenes have proven so popular that she has produced several as limited edition prints. She has influenced many budding artists and was one of the judges of the Island Arts Quest, the largest Caribbean art competition to be held in the past 35 years.
CHERY Jacques-Richard (Haiti) Born in Cap-Haitian in 1929, Chery worked as a barber. Later, he started selling his art by exhibiting it at a gas station which he opened in the Artibonite valley. In 1951, after being encouraged by Phihilome OBIN, he spent a year at the Cap- Haitian Art Centre. In 1961 he joined the Art Centre in Port-au-prince and later was included in several international exhibitions. His early works were primarily of social and historical events, but these later gave way to humorous, fanciful, colorful, works either featuring squat workers carrying huge fruits, or dilapidated tap-taps. His paintings are featured in several publications on Haitian art.
CORRIGAN Nancy (U.S.A./St. Martin) b. California of French descent Nancy studied art in France, Italy and the U.S.A. She started painting professionally in 1964. She spends part of the year at her studio in St. Martin having exhibited and received awards in both Europe and the U.S.A. Her work is typified by colorful local scenes.
COTTAGE Louis (U.S.A./Antigua) b. Pennsylvania 1949, Lou started painting seriously in 1970 and earned a B.A. in Art at Edinboro University in 1971. From 1973 to 1979 he was an adviser on Art and Craft in Secondary schools in Fiji and was a member of the Arts Council there. He was a delegate -International Society Education Art, Adelaide, Australia, 1979. He has been a full time resident in Antigua since 1980 and is a Director of The Art Center at English Harbour where he has influenced many local artists. He was a lecturer on Art Education at the Antigua State Collage from 1981 to 1983. He is an extremely active member of the Antigua Artist's Society and has served as President on many occasions. He is unquestionably one of the most important influences on art in Antigua today. He likes to work in Acrylic or Watercolor and his favored subjects are flora and landscapes. He has had one man shows at both Harmony Hall and The Island Arts Aiton Place Gallery. He won Best in Show - Antigua Artists Society Annual Exhibition 1987 and was a Finalist (Antiguan Representative) of the British American Tobacco, Caribbean Art Competition.
CUPIDON (Haiti) The delicate, detailed, surrealistic landscapes of this interesting artist have found there way into many of the best Haitian galleries. The quality of these works is obvious.
DELOUCHES (Haiti) In the tradition of Haitian peasant painters, this popular full time artist produces charming works in several styles. His delicate landscapes have proven most fashionable and his cats, an adaption of a style made popular by PHILEMON, are also well received.
DOBY (Morocco/St. Martin) Doby is a popular watercolorist who has produced a number of very popular prints. He is a friend of Antone CHAPON and some influence may be perceived in the delicate tones of his harmonious works. In 1989 he won the international award for best watercolor for his entry into the Island Arts Quest, the largest Caribbean art competition to be held in 35 years. Each year he splits his time between the St. Martin and Greece.
DONAWA Craig (Antigua) Craig started painting at an early age encouraged by Lou Cottage and his cousin Robert Marsh. He won the Antigua Sailing Week children's Signboard Competition one year and quickly established a name for himself in local art circles. He won several Antigua Artist's Society awards and worked with Nick Maley on paintings for the Royal Antiguan Hotel. He went to live with his mother in the U.S.A. in 1989.
DORUM Heather See ABBOTT-DORUM
DUBIC Josie (Haiti) There are many artists in Haiti named Dubic. Josie's work is well represented at the historic Centre D'art in Port au Prince. His excellent attention to detail singles him out as an serious artist with the potential for a bright future.
DUFFAUT Prefete (Haiti) b.1923 Duffaut started work as a carpenter at the age of 12, building boats with his father. He professed to having been visited by the Virgin Mary in a dream and produced ornamental sculpture for a chapel dedicated to her. In 1944 he made contact with a talent scout for the Centre d'Art and made extraordinary paintings of his home town, Jacmel, and of his dreams. These totally original works, made without reference to other primitive painters, are full fantastic, often religious, images which regularly defy gravity. In 1951 he painted a mural at the Holy Trinity Cathedral. A poet and a mystic, his work has been exhibited in the U.S.A. and Europe. He is one of Haiti's most notable, world renowned, artists.
DULKE D. Laurent (St. Croix) Dulke made several pleasing prints before changing to the expressive naive style of his for which he has become renowned. These amusing works (and prints) were an immediate success. His work has been exhibited in the Virgin Islands, Antigua St. Kitts and the Dominican Republic where he took part in the 3RD BIENAL OF PAINTERS FROM THE CARIBBEAN AND CENTRAL AMERICA at the MUSEUM OF MODERN ART in 1996.
DUROSIER (Haiti) Well represented and supported by the historic Centre D'art in Port au Prince, Durosier shows all the signs of establishing himself as a fine naive folk artist with an amusing eye for detail. His work has been included in several international exhibitions.
ECKERT Deborah (U.S.A./Antigua) b.1953, Fairfax, Virginia. Debbie has lived in Antigua for many years and started painting in earnest in 1987. Primarily self taught she attended watercolor classes given by Lou Cottage in 1988. Her delicate, often sensitive, works include watercolors, pastels, oils and acrylics and have won her four awards in recent years. Having traveled extensively her work expresses her admiration and respect for the human spirit and the diversity of natural beauty. Her works in pastel have established her as the most notable artist working in that medium in Antigua and won her major awards at the Antigua Art Society's annual exhibitions in 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993.
EDUGENE Felix (Haiti) b.1940 Edugene began to sculpt in 1958. A true primitive artist he sold his first painting to Dewitt Peters, the founder of the Centre d'Art, for $3.00.
EDWARDS Ricky (AKA Ricky Renaldo). (Antigua) This self taught artist worked at an Antiguan supermarket for many years whilst perfecting his style. Initially encouraged by Nick Maley he developed a look all his own... moody night scenes of Antigua's countryside and shoreline. He becoming a full time artist in 1996 and one of his paintings was the front cover of an issue of the LIAT ISLANDER magazine which carried an article on him (sometime in 1997 I believe). Ricky paints mainly local scenes, birds and flowers. His commissions include works for the Antigua Commercial Bank.
EDZER Charles (Haiti) b.1945 Edzer is a self taught artist encouraged by Ulrick Ambrose. His favorite subjects are Haitian fishing boats and harbors.
EJAH. (aka Jocelyn HARPSTER) (Antigua) This Antiguan born artist started painting seriously in 1986 and won an Honorable Mention at the Antigua Artists Society Annual Exhibition that same year. Her art has always shown a unique vision and is typified by light airy paintings, in pastel colors, of natural themes. Often quite abstract, they are constantly subject to change as she experiments with new methods and materials. Her entry into the Island Arts Quest 1989 won her both the Antiguan and International Awards for The Most Imaginative Execution. Her inexpensive paintings provide exceptionally good value. She also produces craft items which are often mobiles and wind chimes made from found objects.
She was one of several artists to represent Antigua at the 2ND BIENAL OF PAINTERS OF THE CARIBBEAN AND CENTRAL AMERICA held at the MUSEUM OF MODERN ART in the Dominican Republic in 1994.
ENGUERRAND-GOURGUE Jacques (Haiti) b. 1931. Gourgue started painting at a young age, and went on to become world renowned. When only seventeen he participated in a group exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and a year later won the gold medal at an exhibition for Port au Prince's Bicentennial. His works are chiefly concerned with Voodoo and his dramatic compositions display a fairy tail quality which is not of this world. From 1961 to 1970 he exhibited in Germany, Canada, Columbia, the Dominican Republic, Spain, the U.S.A., Italy, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Yugoslavia. He is one of Haiti's most prominent modern painters.
ETTIENNE Thomas (Haiti) Ettienne is a peasant artist associated with an art commune in Port au Prince. He paints landscapes involving scenes of Haitian life. His broad expressive approach to naive folk art has made him extremely popular and his work is immediately recognizable. He appears to be in the midst of a transition, having been one of many good, working, Haitian artists he now struggles to attain the reputation of a respected individual. He shows great potential.
FARARA Jan This extremely talented expatriate watercolorist was a student of Pamela Wright. She was a very successful watercolorist under the name "Jan Gonnaman" (spelling is uncertain) and her influence was felt in the Antigua Art Society in the 70's. She married and ran a very successful restaurant in St. Johns for many years during which time she rarely painted. In the early 90's she started painting again. This time she specialized in murals and her work can be seen in many hotels including The Carlyle Bay Club. Other murals can be seen on the road down to Falmouth Harbour. In 1996 She worked with Nick Maley on his design for the Carnival stage and in 97 created her own design with fellow artist Marie Kinsella.
FRANK Clare (UK/Barbuda) One of Barbuda's few artists is teacher Clare Frank who produces delightful motifs derived from Caribbean icons such as lizards, boats and fish. The small works, usually on silk are beautifully executed and extremely decorative as well as being VERY well priced. Currently ALL her works are originals.
FULLER Mossy (UK?/Antigua) Mossy's watercolors are admired by many and won her an Honorable Mention - Antigua Art Society 1990. She paints entirely for her own pleasure and so her works are not commonly available.
GAUTHIER Joel (Haiti) This well documented artist's ever popular work is clearly influenced by Rousseau. He lives in Port au Prince where, for a while he established a small gallery. His work is carried by several major Haitian galleries and is the subject of numerous copies by lesser artists
GLORIA J. (U.K./Antigua) b. Berkshire England in 1949 Gloria was an actress for 11 years before marrying her artist husband Nick Maley in 1978 and moving to Antigua in 1985. Besides her theater work she made many film and television appearances including, "Doctor Who", "Z Cars", "General Hospital", "The Professionals", "The Sweeney", "Nicholas Nickleby" and "Softly, Softly:Task Force". She began to paint in 1987 encouraged by her husband. Her paintings show her love of birds and animals. Typical aspects of her work are bright colors and a stylized approach to line and form. She the co- founder and chief executive of the ISLAND ARTS GALLERIES.
GOBINET Gilly (U.K/Antigua) b. 1949. A Bachelor of Science (Hons.), Biologist, former International Civil Servant and mother of three, Gilly lived in France for 12 years before settling in Antigua in 1985. Although self-taught, her precise, detailed, pen and inks attracted much attention when first exhibited at the Antigua Art Society's annual exhibition in 1987, winning Best Other Media and inspiring a number of fellow artists to try this demanding technique. The following year she won two Honorable Mentions at the same group exhibition and issued a series of black and white prints. Her notoriety continued to spread with the production of her calendars, note pads and cartoon Christmas cards. Encouraged by Nick Maley and Katie Shears, she produced her initial watercolors for her first solo show at the Island Arts' Aiton Place Exhibition Center in October 1988. The success of this show resulted in a second solo show at the same gallery the following year. During this period her watercolors developed tremendously, incorporating a charming, nostalgic style, which was concerned with capturing the old West Indian way of life. In association with Nick Maley, she produced a very popular series of offset lithographs of these works. In 1989 she won Best In Show at the Antigua Art Society's annual exhibition. Later that year she entered the Island Arts Quest, the largest art competition to be held in the region for 35 years and was awarded the Supreme Award for Excellence. She broke away from the Island Arts Galleries in 1991 and presented her third solo exhibition, this time at Harmony Hall in Antigua. Under new influences her style continues to develop and she is a very successful graphics designer producing advertising illustrations, menus, signboards and designs for T shirts.
GRACE Kathleen (Barbados) Kathleen seems surprised by the success of her prints and at being chosen as a runner up to the Supreme Award for Excellence for her entries into the Island Arts Quest, the largest art competition held in the region for 35 years. Her work reflects the joy she exudes.
GRACIA Jn. (Haiti) This bright young artist is well represented at the historic Centre D'art in Port au Prince. His fine detailed work shows great promise.
GREEN Margaret (U.K./Antigua) Born in Liverpool, England, Margaret lived in Antigua for many years. She worked in a variety of styles which usually focus on the Antiguan way of life. Her naive watercolors are refreshing simplistic but her detailed pen and ink studies reveal the true quality of her draftsmanship. She did a number of commissions for local businesses and served for several years as Secretary of the Antigua Art Society before being elected President in 1993. She left Antigua to live in England in 1996.
GRIFFITH Cynric (St. Kitts/St. Martin) Born in St Kitts, Cynric has lived in St. Martin for many years. His excellent technique won him an international award of "Best Oil" for his entries into the Island Arts Quest, the largest art competition held in the region for 35 years. His work is concerned with life in the islands.
GRIGG Vernon (Antigua) Vernan is a full time artist and sign painter who operated a studio in St Johns until 1991. His works are very reasonably priced watercolors and oils usually depicting typical Antiguan scenes.
GUY Denis and Kesley (Haiti) These popular full time artists produce inexpensive works in the tradition of Haitian peasant painters.
HAITIAN WATERCOLORS. These extraordinarily inexpensive originals were made popular by ROMY LAURENT in the late 80's. The medium was most unusual in Haiti. The style, although unique is distinctly naive Haitian. Several other artists began working with LAURENT including FRANZ CHARLES and L. DAVID.
HARPSTER Jocelyn See EJAH
HART Jackie O'Riley (Jamaica/Antigua) b. 1956 in Jamaica, Jackie is a self taught artist who started painting seriously in 1982. She enjoys working in pencil, pastel and gouache. Having been awarded a trophy and Certificate of Merit for her work in Jamaica, she moved to Antigua with her husband in 1988. Her work shows a keen sense of design and often includes wooden figures cut out and glued in relief to the support, (also often wood). Harmony Hall, Antigua, honored her with a solo show in 1989.
HARRIS Wordsworth (Barbuda/Antigua) b. in Barbuda Wordsworth was brought to Antigua as a child and has spent most of his life here. He developed a keen interest in art whilst still at school and, one year, entered the Antigua Sailing Week Signboard Competition winning his class. He studied Electronics at State Collage and now paints part time.
HAYNES Jim (USA) Born in the USA Jim's vibrant animal studies have proven to be hugely popular and have been adopted for posters promoting zoos in the USA. Encouraged by NICK MALEY he made his first conservation quality reproductions in 1994. The work is an unusual blend of paintings in a collage form which adds to their vividness and creates a sense of three dimensions.
HENRY CARL (Antigua) Carl has established himself as Antigua's most eminent wood sculptor. His work is fashioned from Antiguan mahogany which he lovingly shapes into Caribbean figures and animals. He carved the coat of arms which hangs in Antigua's Parliament building. His life size sculpture of the Holy Family which stands in the new Catholic Cathedral is remarkable, being worked from a single piece of wood and he was recently commissioned to carve a bust of international sportsman Viv Richards. Carl endeavors to maintain the standard of his work and not to give in to economic pressures.
HENRY Edward T. (Antigua) b. Antigua 1928 this thoughtful, sensitive, man gained a basic grounding in art whilst a student at the Antigua Grammar School and studied with his aunt BERTHA HIGGINS. He started painting seriously in 1949, working mainly in WATERCOLOR and favoring seascapes and portraits. Although he did not pursue a career as a full time painter he has become probably the most distinguished contemporary Antiguan artist. He was awarded, 1st prize -Antigua, Alcoa Steamship Caribbean competition 1955 ; Hon. Mention -Alcoa Caribbean Competition 1955 ; 1st Prize -Antigua, Benson and Hedges Fine Art Competition 1988 ; and won a number of Antigua Artists Society awards. He produced several stage backdrops for Antigua's carnival and his commissions include, works presented to H.M. Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family; a work presented to the President of the Republic of China; and a portrait of V.C. Bird, Prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda. He is the curator of the museum of Antigua and Barbuda, a keen activist in the local Environmental Awareness group and a member of the Board of Tribunal at the Industrial Relations Court. He was one of five artists selected to represent Antigua at UNESCO,s CARIB ART Exhibition which starts a world tour in 1994.
HIGGINS Phillip (Jamaica) Phillip is a self taught artist inspired by his dreams. He works in many different mediums and also sculpts in wood. Having taken part in many exhibitions he won an award at the Sugar Inc Exhibition 1989 and was selected to show his work at the Jamaican Consulate in Canada.
IKIN Taylor (USA/Antigua) Taylor lived in Antigua for 17 years and was a very active member of the Antigua Art Society. She was much acclaimed for her loose expressive watercolors of local flora seascapes and landscapes, which extensively decorated the Hodges Bay Club. Despite her success she was eager to develop her work further and regularly attended workshops in the USA. She moved back to the US in 1988 where she has kept herself pretty busy...... supplying galleries in the States of Florida and Virginia...... teaching...... traveling to Africa, England, Italy, the Everglades and Bali.... becoming President of the 1000 strong Florida Watercolor Society and sitting on the board of several local and State art organizations.
She returned to Antigua for an exhibition at Aiton Place in January 1998 and was front cover of the the LIAT ISLANDER at that time.
Her works reflect her love of the tropics, her desire to capture bright, colorful, emotions with an emphasis on nature and a commitment to preservation. They have been featured in The American Artist Magazine and can be found in private and corporate collections in the United States, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland and even the Vatican.
IZTUETA Maria Victoria (aka Maria Ross) (Spain/Antigua). Born in the Basque region of Spain, Maria settled in Antigua in 1958 with her husband Hugo Ross. Her first solo exhibition, organized by Jackie Lafuarie, was in 1979. Her reputation as a fine artist grew rapidly and she exhibited her unique figure studies and landscapes for many years through galleries in New York, London, Spain and of course, the Antigua Art Society's Annual Exhibitions.
It was a surprise to everyone that, after ten years of success in the arts, she should decide to abandon her painting and devoted herself to landscaping instead. Her painterly approach to gardening won her many contracts including a staff position at the St. James' Club. Quite suddenly, in 1995 she resumed painting in the aftermath of Hurricane Luis, a driving force that inspired her to create a wealth of nature studies in varied forms. The new series of paintings was concerned with the fundamental nature of flowers and natural forms. Like many of her works they walk a fine line between the abstract and the representational, often with Expressionist or Minimalist overtones, and explore the interaction of rhythmical (repetitive) form, light (or lack of it), color and reflection.
JACKSON Charlot (Haiti) This popular full time artist produces whimsical works in the tradition of Haitian peasant painters.
JAIRD Louis (Haiti) Jaird's work is very popular and a unique development of the egg people theme. His work is gaining recognition and becoming less easily available.
JARDINE Colin (Antigua) Colin's bright, naive, inexpensive originals of island life have proven popular when shown at local group exhibitions. He is serious about his paintings and has illustrated many of the magazines produced by the Department of Culture.
JN. B (Haiti) This popular peasant artist works in association with an art commune gallery in Port au Prince. He produces caring, detailed, works at moderate prices in a style made famous by BRESIL.
JOSEPH Josue (Haiti) Described in one guide to Haitian art as one of Haiti's most promising young naive artists Josue has disappeared from the art scene. His works are not common.
JOSEPH Torrez M. (Antigua) This energetic young artist was a student of Norman Massiah but his disturbed, eclectic, abstract symbolism shows little influence of Messiah's controlled realism. Most of his early work has used primary colors and reflects his African heritage. An enthusiastic painter determined to make his mark his work is well worth watching out for.
KARAGEORGES Edda (Germany/Antigua) Edda moved to Antigua many years ago. She was educated in Berlin, Germany, receiving art tuition both there and in Toronto, Canada. She works in pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic and pastel, preferring landscapes and studies from nature.
KASHIBA Hon. Priest (Antigua) Kashiba is a Rastafarian priest. He lives simply, in accordance with his beliefs and paints in an honest, naive, style. Inspired by his visions and encouraged by Nick Maley, he usually paints works depicting rural life.
KEONIG Wolfgang (Germany/Dominican Republic) Born on the same street as Mozart, Wolgang lived in the Dominican Republic for several years. His work has been the subject of several exhibitions and is influenced by Klimt.
KING Judith (U.S.A./St Croix) Judith's family moved to St Croix in the late sixties. During the 1970's she taught art in public schools there and at the St Croix School of Art. In 1978 she helped set up an artists cooperative in Dominica. She traveled widely during the early 1980's and developed an interest in architectural shapes and styles. In 1982 she was the recipient of a grant awarded by the Virgin Islands Council for the Arts and the National Endowerment for the Arts. Judith became well known for her unusual technique of creating original batiks on rice paper and one such work was featured on the cover of the St Croix telephone directory in 1985. In 1989 she was invited to show at the Gallerie Montparnasse, a city owned gallery in Paris, France. Her studio was badly damaged by Hurricane Hugo which resulted in her returning to the U.S. for a few years but last we heard she was back in St. Croix producing a new series of paintings.
KINSELLA Marie Marie started painting seriously in 1989. Originally she adopted an amusing naive style. Her recent watercolors and oils have become more expressive and show a sensitivity and perception that is uniquely her own. She established a pottery in the early 90's and her amusing sculptures are uniquely her own. Her work is always popular.
KLIEN Antinio See TONIK
LAFARIE Jackie Jackie and her husband built and for many years operated the Long Bay Hotel. Her amusing and stylish stick people paintings of buildings, streets and views of Antigua have been very popular.
LARRATTE George (Haiti) b.1933 Larratte learned pottery at an early age. In 1960 he turned to wood sculpture and consolidated his style. He exhibited regularly at the Monnin Gallery, Haiti, in 1971 and the following year had exhibitions at the Susuki Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum, New York. Larratte was the first Haitian to sculpt faces in black stone; marble; quartz and shellstone. Between 1976 and 1978 he exhibited in Guadaloupe, Martinique, Venezuela and the U.S.A.
LAURENCEAU Lyonel (Haiti) b.1942 of French and Haitian parents Laurenceau started his career at an early age. He studied at the School of Fine Arts, the Foyer des Arts Plastiques, the Palais des Beaux Arts d'Haiti, and the A.B.C. School de Paris. In 1966 he won First Prize at the New York World's Fair, and established a studio in Montreal Canada. Between 1963 and 1977 he exhibited in Haiti, the U.S.A., the Dominican Republic, Canada and Columbia where he won another First prize. The source of his inspiration is his search for truth, beauty and the essence of humanity.
LAURENT Romy (Haiti) This very popular full time artist produces extremely inexpensive works in watercolor, which is most unusual in Haiti. Several other artists have adopted his style.
LEGAGNEUR Jean-CLAUDE (Haiti) b.1947. An artist with an early calling, Legagneur traveled to the United States and worked with renowned Haitian painters including Bernard Wah. In 1975 he settled in Haiti. His work is sensitive, often sensual, and has received much acclaim. He has exhibited in Canada, France, Suriname, the West Indies and the U.S.A.
LITTLEWOOD Brian (U.K./St. Thomas) b. London, England. 1934. Educated at University College School, Hampstead, Brian learned architectural drawing as an apprentice with a City firm of surveyors. He attended art classes in 1972 and exhibited his work at local art shows. Encouraged by his tutors and family, he became a full-time artist in 1977, which led to his etchings being published by H.C. Dickens of St. James. An avid sailor, he and his wife Kay sailed their 30' catamaran across the Atlantic in 1979 spending most of the next ten years in the Virgin and Leeward islands. His detailed watercolors and etchings of marine vessels have been exhibited in England, the Virgin Islands, Antigua and the U.S.A. and won him two awards in the 1989 Islands Arts Quest Competition.
LLEWELLYN Lydia (UK/Antigua). Lydia's humorous paintings of tropical fish commonly found around Antigua's coast proved to be immediately popular when they first appeared in 1996. Her reputation for producing expressive colorful works spread quickly as they were included in Group Exhibitions at Antigua Art Society's Annual Exhibition Antigua Nov 95 & 96 and the Annual Antigua Artists Exhibition Harmony Hall Antigua Nov 97 & 98. That popularity lead to her releasing a series of delightful framed prints in 99 and Island Arts Galleries, who have carried her paintings for several years, are pleased to be hosting her first solo exhibition..... at the Aiton Place Gallery in November 99.
Lydia started her formal art education with a foundation course at Middlesex Polytechnic, London, England in 1991. She continued at Chelsea College of Art and Design until1995 where she gained specialist knowledge in stained glass. During those years she was involved in several projects including community artwork in collaboration with a Camden school, public artwork for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and won first prize in a competition to design a new lobby for the ICI headquarters in Macclesfield, England. She also won a scholarship to European Art Master Classes in Maastricht, Holland and took part in group exhibitions there and at Chelsea Harbour in London. Her work has also been included in the permanent exhibition at Crawford Place, Marble Arch, London since April 95
It was later in 1995 that Lydia returned to Antigua where her father runs a popular restaurant. As a specialist in stained glass she was quickly commissioned to restore the main entrance window of Our Lady of the Valley Church near Jolly Harbour. The success of that work lead to her being asked to do work at other Antiguan churches..... Spring Gardens Moravian Church, (Nov 1996 - April 1997), Green Bay Moravian Church, (April 1997) and St. Philips Anglican Church, (May- June 1997).
Her work continues with a predominantly marine theme and prices rise with her growing reputation.
LOOBY Priscilla (Antigua) b.1962. Click her for Priscilla's page.
LOUIS Daniel (Haiti) This spirited young artist produces amusing rhythmic works usually in a style made famous by BRESIL. He works, often on a grand scale, in association with an art commune gallery in Port au Prince.
LOUISSEAU (Haiti) This young surrealist landscape artist was amongst those who exhibited at the Seoul Olympic Games. The quality of Louisseau's detailed works has won him the support several of the best Haitian Galleries including Naders.
LOUIZOR Ernst (Haiti) Known as the Master of Haitian Impressionism, Louizor is mentioned in many books on Haitian art. He is best known for his renditions of harbors and of people. His influence can be seen in many of the works of younger Haitian impressionist painters.
LYNN Gloria, Martie, Peter and Robert (USA/St. Martin) When it comes to artist's from St. Martin the Lynn family have become a dynasty in their own right. Originally from the USA Gloria and husband Marty moved to the Caribbean over 20 years ago and soon became renowned through their art postcard and prints and sculptures. Their sons, Peter and Robert established an avid following in their own right in the 1980's. All have exhibited internationally including at the Grand Palias in Paris France.
MACK Ralston (aka Ras IYAH) (Antigua) This Rastafarian part time artist paints colorful naive Caribbean views and landscapes. His work grows in popularity.
MALEY Gloria J. (UK/Antigua) See GLORIA J.
MALEY Nick (UK/Antigua) Click here for Nick's page
MARSH Robert (Antigua) Robert won the Antigua Sailing Week Children's Signboard competition in the 80's and was a promising young painter but he disappeared from the art scene.... possibly even left the island like his cousin Craig Donawa
MARTINEZ Florence (Haiti) b.1942 Martinez started painting at the Centre d'Art in 1959. He was considered the most gifted artist of his group and painted a mural in the Episcopal Cathedral. His subjects are generally depictions of religious scenes. MARSH Robert.
MASSIAH Norman (Antigua) Norman distinguished himself as an outstanding artist while still quite young. He paints in a detailed realistic style and has been sizably influenced by Lyndel Benjamin. His talent and hard work have already been recognized by the Antigua Art Society who awarded him "Best in Show" Annual Exhibition in 1991 and "Best Acrylic" in 1993. The Bank of Antigua commissioned him to produce a series of works for their corporate offices which still testifies to his outstanding talent. He teaches art at Clare Hall school.
MATHEWS Delvin (Antigua) Delvin works in black and white to produce detailed drawings of Caribbean children and human studies. He has issued several prints which are inexpensively priced.
MATHIAS Cadman (Antigua) Cadman is one of the most celebrated Antiguan born artists. Initially influenced by Pamela WRIGHT who taught here in the 60's, Cadman's preferred mediums are watercolors and oils. His stylized works, mainly concerned with movement and body language, hang in a number of hotels around the island and his exceptionally reasonable prices have made them very popular with collectors who visit the island.
He was chosen to represent Antigua for a Caribbean art calendar in 1986. He staged his first one man show in 1987 at the ISLAND ARTS, AITON PLACE, gallery. 1988 saw a second solo exhibition at the same venue and his entry into the ISLAND ARTS QUEST Caribbean Art Competition in 1989 won him 3rd Runner Up - Supreme Award for Excellence, Best Human Study (Antigua) and Best Carnival Study (Antigua). In the 90's his career soared to new heights. He exhibited at the ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM, Toronto, Canada in 1991 and the 1ST BIENAL OF PAINTERS OF THE CARIBBEAN AND CENTRAL AMERICA held at the MUSEUM OF MODERN ART in the Dominican Republic in 1992. As a result of the BIENAL he was invited to exhibit at the ART MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAS in Washington DC, which he did in October 1993. Also that year he was one of the artists selected to represent Antigua at UNESCO's CARIB ART Exhibition in Curacao which started a three year world tour in 1994. Later in 94 he was included in the 2ND BIENAL OF PAINTERS OF THE CARIBBEAN AND CENTRAL AMERICA and in December 95 his work was featured in ISLANDS magazine.
His artworks have been exhibited in Antigua, Curacao, the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, the Dominican Republic, Holland, France, Canada and the USA.
MC MILLAN Rosie See AZIZA.
MERANTO Jennifer (USA/Antigua) (photographer) Jennifer was born in the U.S.A. and has lived in the Caribbean for several years. Before leaving Los Angeles to pursue a photographic career she worked as a photo STYLIST, contributing to numerous periodicals such as HARPERS BAZAAR, PLAYBOY, THE NEW YORK TIMES and ROLLING STONE. Amongst the many celebrities with whom she was associated are KIM BASINGER, RIDDOCK BOWE, VANESSA WILLIAMS, LIONEL RICHIE and RAY CHARLES. In the Caribbean she soon established herself as an integral contributor to the production of video, film and magazines, working extensively with TROPICAL STUDIOS and PANACHE magazine.
Jennifer's hand tinted art photos allow her great scope for self-expression and offer an unusual blend of painting and photography. Each original starts as a black and white photograph and is accented with oil color. Shown by shops and galleries around the region they capture nostalgic glimpses of a way of life that is threatened as "progress" ravages the Caribbean. Her keen eye for detail and the firm opinions have established her as a regional leader in this unusual art form.
MOUCK Nicole (Canada/Antigua) (photographer). Nicole returned to Antigua in 1997, an honors graduate with a Bachelor of fine art degree in photography from Barry University in Miami, Florida. Although new to the art world, her work had already been shown in group exhibitions in Miami and published in Photographer's Forum Best of Photography Annual 1996 and 1997. Island Arts was the venue for her solo exhibition debut. Her work tends to fall into two distinct categories. The first are Antiguan landscapes usually incorporating historical sites, delicately hand tinted with a sensitivity that is her hallmark. The second, usually in black and white, are studies of the human form which often include mirror reflections. Here, reality and illusion meet, merge, and overlap in a series of striking images.
Since 1997 Nicole's commercial commissions have been considerable and allowed her to explore many aspects of Antiguan life and commerce.
MOUSSA-WEEL Howaida Click here for Howaida's page
MUTCHLER Ione (U.S.A./Leeward-Windward Islands) Ione received a B.A. in studio art from the University of Washington, a M.A. in art history from San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. in art education from the University of Maryland. Between 1974 and 1977 she taught drawing, painting and design at the University of Maryland. She and her husband sail the Caribbean extensively and regularly visit Antigua. Ione has had one woman shows throughout the U.S.A. and in the Dominican Republic. Her pen and ink sketches are popular and inexpensive.
MYRTHILL (Haiti) This talented full time landscape artist is associated with an art commune gallery in Port au Prince. His work shows his respect for the grandeur of nature and attention to detail. His modestly priced works are very popular.
NACIUS J. (Haiti) A master wood sculptor, NACIUS works extensively through the Centre D'Art in Port au Prince which was the first Gallery in Haiti to receive international recognition. His works usually reflect religious subjects or the sea and continue to gain critical acclaim.
NEMOURS Paul (Haiti) b.1945. Nemours started to paint whilst still at secondary school. He studied design at the A.B.C. School in France. His stylized works depict humorous animals in bright, expressionistic colors and have been purchased by many renowned collectors. In 1973 one of his works was chosen for the cover of a record produced to raise funds for the School for Handicapped Children. In 1975 he won first prize at the International Festival of Arts held in Bogota, Columbia. His style has influenced many artists.
NOZIREL Depal (Haiti) Influenced totally by Prefete DUFFAUT, this popular full time artist produces inexpensive works in the tradition of Haitian peasant painters.
OFFERMAN Nancy (Netherlands/Antigua) Born in Holland Nancy married an Antiguan. She spends part of each year in Antigua where her son is a practicing Physiotherapist. Her work is generally in watercolor and she specializes in sunsets and landscapes.
PHILEMON (HAITI) No formal biographical information is currently available on the several artists that paint under the name of Philemon. In the classic tradition of Haitian peasant painters works signed "Philemon", depicting black panthers and other animals in stylized habitats, were first sold in Haiti's Iron Market, a popular outlet for street art. The early paintings were produced in flat, subdued, tones. These whimsical works became very popular. Around 1987 other paintings emerged under the same name. Believed to be by other family members, they were very similar, varying only in detail and the vibrancy of color. Demand for these delightful works soon surpassed available supply and as they began to be sold by important galleries, such as Nader's and Monin, values rose dramatically. Having transcended street art, the artists concerned began distinguishing their works by adding their initials to the signature; Jn. V. Philemon and F. Philemon emerged. These works are no longer available through the Iron Market however they are often confused with cheap copies by lesser artists.
PIERRE Fernand (Haiti) Born in 1919, Pierre was employed as an engraver and started selling small sculptures of dogs which he made of clay. He visited the Art Centre in Port-au-Prince in 1947 where he exchanged some of his sculptures for plaster. Later he acquired paint and Masonite and started painting. He is best known for his naive paintings of animals which are clearly influenced by Rousseau but he also produced several works of trees bearing assorted fruit which appear to have religious references and are similar to works by other artists of the same period. His work is included in many books on Haitian art and is featured in the Episcopal church of Port-au-Prince.
POUNDERS Al (USA/ANTIGUA) b.1931 Al earned two Fine Art Degrees; Bachelor of Fine Arts - University of Buffalo 1956; Master of Fine Arts - Cornell University 1959. He is currently Professor of Painting, Purdue University, Indiana and visited Antigua regularly in the 1980's, usually staying for three or four months at a time. During the course of his noted career he has been the subject of 40 one-man exhibitions and taken part in 31 group exhibitions. Between 1958 and 1964 he won two First Place purchase awards and had works purchased for the permanent collections of three museums. His major works are in oil but he also produces vivid watercolor sketches in a mildly abstracted, rather impressionistic style. His recent works are usually landscapes inspired by natural forms and the quality of tropical and Mediterranean light. The numerous collections which contain his works include: The High Museum of art Atlanta, The Greater Lafayette Museum of Art, The Tennessee Fine Arts Center, The Richardson Fine Arts Center Indiana, The Anderson Fine Arts Center Indiana, New York University, Cornell University, University of Miami, University of Georgia, The Illinois Bell Telephone Collection and The Brooks Memorial Gallery Memphis.
QUESTELLES Gregory (St. Vincent/Antigua) Gregory was born and raised in St. Vincent and came to Antigua to serve as a policeman. He is also a professional fisherman. As a part time painter who enjoys capturing local scenes.
REECE Henderson (Barbados) This enterprising Barbadian artist works in several mediums but is best known for his colorful batiks. These batiks are not reproduced and each work is unique and original with fine attention to color and detail. He is aged around 30 and his work has been exhibited in Barbados and Antigua.
RENALDO Ricky (AKA Ricky Edwards ). (Antigua) This self taught artist worked at an Antiguan supermarket for many years whilst perfecting his style. Initially encouraged by Nick Maley he developed a look all his own... moody night scenes of Antigua's countryside and shoreline. He becoming a full time artist in 1996 and one of his paintings was the front cover of an issue of the LIAT ISLANDER magazine which carried an article on him (sometime in 1997 I believe). Ricky paints mainly local scenes, birds and flowers. His commissions include works for the Antigua Commercial Bank.
ROCK Fritz (Haiti) b.1944 Rock started painting market scenes tutored by CASIMIR Laurent. Influenced by the circular forms of SAVAIN and CASIMIR's sense of populous he developed a style that is copies by countless Haitian artists and is known as "the egg people".
ROSEMIN Gerald (Antigua) Gerald is an aircraft engineer, a shopkeeper and part time artist. He likes to paint landscapes and constantly endeavors to improve his art.
ROSEMOND Felix (Haiti) Rosemond's vivid, naive, paintings have been exhibited in several countries including the USA. His luscious jungle scenes are inspired by the works of Robert Henry BRESIL and his paintings are promoted by Haiti's prestigious Centre D'Art as an affordable, but good quality, alternative to Bresil's more expensive originals.
ROSEMOND Louis (Haiti) Despite receiving no formal training this artist has gone from strength to strength. His work has been included in several international exhibitions and is featured in several definitive books on Haitian art.
ROSENBLATT Kathleen (USA/Montserrat/Grenada) Kathleen's semi abstract works employ her innovative, unconventional techniques and exhibit a flamboyant imagination. They have been exhibited at galleries across America and the Caribbean. Kathleen started to exhibit with Island Arts Galleries in Antigua and Island House in Montserrat when she moved there from Grenada in 1990. She left the Caribbean in 1992 to live in England where her husband was studying.
ROSS Maria (aka Maria Victoria Iztueta) (Spain/Antigua). Born in the Basque region of Spain, Maria settled in Antigua in 1958 with her husband Hugo Ross. Her first solo exhibition, organized by Jackie Lafuarie, was in 1979. Her reputation as a fine artist grew rapidly and she exhibited her unique figure studies and landscapes for many years through galleries in New York, London, Spain and of course, the Antigua Art Society's Annual Exhibitions.
It was a surprise to everyone that, after ten years of success in the arts, she should decide to abandon her painting and devoted herself to landscaping instead. Her painterly approach to gardening won her many contracts including a staff position at the St. James' Club.
Quite suddenly, in 1995 she resumed painting in the aftermath of Hurricane Luis, a driving force that inspired her to create a wealth of nature studies in varied forms. The new series of paintings was concerned with the fundamental nature of flowers and natural forms. Like many of her works they walk a fine line between the abstract and the representational, often with Expressionist or Minimalist overtones, and explore the interaction of rhythmical (repetitive) form, light (or lack of it), color and reflection.
RUSHBROOK Rose (U.K./Antigua) b. London England 1954. Rose was adopted as a child and lived in Trinidad. She started painting at a very early age and was deeply affected to discover that her real mother had attended the Royal Academy of Art in London. She attended classes at the Wimbledon School of Art and the Central School of Art, London. She moved to Antigua in 1986 to devote herself to her art, which comprises of clean, stylized, rural or still life compositions showing a simplicity of form.
SANON Lamare (Haiti) "Sanon" is a very common name amongst Haitian painters. This young artist is the nephew of the renown artist Roosevelt Sanon. His surreal landscapes show much promise and are handled by several of Haiti's most notable galleries.
SAVIAN Petion (Haiti) 1906 - 1975. Sometimes called the father of Haitian Art, Savain was the first internationally acclaimed Haitian artist. He received a Bronze Medal at the 1939 World's Fair which was held in New York five years prior to the opening of Haiti's Centre d'Art. A lawyer and author, he began to paint in 1927, exhibiting in Cuba in 1939. In 1943 he studied fresco techniques with Jean Charlot, tempera painting with Stephane Hisch and wood sculpture with John Taylor Arms. Numerous Haitian artists have attempted to copy his very personal style. He, like ROUSSEAU, was a major influence in the development of Haitian Art. His works were exhibited at many major galleries in the U.S.A. including the Corcoran Gallery (Washington D.C.) and Grand Central and Riverside Museums in New York City.
SCHLEISS Karsten C. (Denmark/Antigua) b.1944 Karsten was encouraged to draw from an early age by his grandfather. A M.Sc. in Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, he has spent time in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean. In 1989 he came to Antigua as an advisor for the E.D.F. Livestock Development Project. Encouraged by Nick Maley, his paintings are mainly concerned with agricultural subjects.
SHEARS Katie (U.S.A./Antigua) b. 1959 Los Angeles U.S.A. Katie's detailed, technically superb works, belie her lack of formal art education. She spent 8 years creating animated cartoons for Hanna Barbera. She left California in 1984 to "go sailing" with her (then) husband John and settled in Antigua in 1985. They started Seahorse Studios, supplying graphic design facilities for the local business and yachting communities. Katie's delightful wildlife illustrations utilize ebony pencil, pen + ink, prismacolor pencil and air brush techniques and won her Best in Show at the 1988 Antigua Artists Society Annual Exhibition. She entered the 1989 Island Arts Quest Competition, The largest competition of its kind held in the Caribbean for 35 years, and received International Awards for Best other Media, Best Technique and was a runner up for the Supreme Award for Excellence.
ST.JEAN Fritz (Haiti) b. 1954 St Jean started painting in 1972. He won first prize in an Air France poster competition in 1983. From 1985 to 1987 this popular artist exhibited in Italy, Switzerland, France, England, and the U.S.A. In recent years he has been represented by the Monin Gallery in Haiti and his whimsical surreal landscapes have risen in value dramatically.
THEARD Carol (K. THEARD) (Haiti) b. 1946 Theard studied painting under Petion SAVAIN and exhibited his works for the first time in 1965. In 1967 he exhibited at the Montcalm Palace in Quebec and the Zannetin Gallery in Montreal. He entered the Academy of Fine Arts and studied portrait techniques with Daniel Green at the Art Students League in New York. His work showed a psychedelic quality until 1973 when he joined a group studying under the renowned Greek artist Achille Scordilus. His style changed showing a purity of line and form clearly influenced by Gauguin and Modigliani.
THOMAS Ettiene (Haiti) This popular landscape artist works in a naive style and is a classic example of the tradition of Haitian peasant artists. He is a full time artist of increasing note.
TONGUE Euston H. (Antigua) Euston has been a full time artist for many years and until recently operated from his studio gallery at Jardine Court, St Mary's St. He attended a course in commercial art held by the London Educational Association and also attended classes held by Pamela Wright. He is very versatile and produces works in a variety of styles and mediums at inexpensive prices.
TONGUE Leon (Antigua) An artist and graphic designer Leon's paintings show much character and originality. His style is naive yet expressive and his subjects reflect his outlook on life.
TONIK (G.B./Guyana/Antigua) b. G.B. in 1965 to Guyanese and Nigerian parents she returned to Guyana in her early teens. She studied at the Burrows School of Art for 4 years where she earned a diploma. A number of exhibitions throughout the Caribbean led to many portrait commissions including that of the President and other leading political figures. She moved to Antigua in 1990 with her husband who works for the O.E.C.S. She was awarded "Best Oil" at the 1991 Antigua Art Society's Annual Exhibition. In 1992 her work was included in the 1ST BIENAL OF PAINTERS OF THE CARIBBEAN AND CENTRAL AMERICA held at the MUSEUM OF MODERN ART in the Dominican Republic.
TORREZ - Torrez M. Joseph (Antigua) This energetic young artist was a student of Norman Massiah but his disturbed, eclectic, abstract symbolism shows little influence of Messiah's controlled realism. Most of his early work has used primary colors and reflects his African heritage. An enthusiastic painter determined to make his mark his work is well worth watching out for.
VAIL Gail (USA/Antigua) Gail is a popular watercolorist who has been a member of the Antigua Art Society for 20 odd years. She has won many awards at the AAS Annual Exhibition over the years and continues to produce paintings of flowers, boats and West Indian architectural studies.
VALBRUN Jacques (Martinique/Haiti) b.1938 Valbrun's family moved to Haiti when he was 3. He studied for the priesthood but became an artist in 1963 under the direction of Jean Marques Valbrun. His stylish works are vibrantly colored and often depict movement. His work is a permanent feature of the Nader Gallery.
VALCIN Gerard (Haiti) This famous artist is included in every book on Haitian art. He was one of the first artists to enroll at the historic Centre D'art. His work was concerned with Haitian life and folklore. He died in 1989.
VALTRAIN Carlo (Haiti) This popular full time artist produces inexpensive works in the tradition of Haitian peasant painters. His work shows the influence of many artists including Simil and BRESIL. His work is unhurried, shows an eye for detail and many original qualities. His jungle scenes are particularly good.
VANDER Vincent (Guadaloupe) Vincent's popular prints were well received regionally in the late 1980's. He lives in Guadaloupe and travels amongst the islands regularly. His artwork reflects the simple endeavors of a traditional Caribbean lifestyle.
WAH Bernard (Haiti). 1939 - 1981. By 1961 Wah was a highly regarded artist, many of his works having been purchased by important art collectors. He was commissioned by the Haitian Government to restore the art works in public gardens and cultural centers and was a major contributor to the murals in Port au Prince airport. He founded the state approved School of Plastic Arts and the Calfou Art Centre. He won a scholarship from the French Institute and left Haiti for France in 1965. He exhibited his work there before settling in New York in 1966. From 1967 to 1978 he exhibited in several countries including the U.S.A. and Canada. Due to his untimely death, Wah's paintings are rarely offered for sale and works in good condition demand high prices.
WAITE Danny (U.S.A./Antigua) b.1971 This very promising young artist has resided in Antigua since three years of age. He started painting seriously when he was 14 taking classes at high school. Recognizing his potential his parents encouraged him and he received private art instruction and attended art workshops at the Venezuelan Institute of Antigua. His entries into the Island Arts Quest, the largest Caribbean art competition in 35 years, won Best Watercolor - Antigua and Best Architectural Study - Antigua. He is currently believed to be pursuing his art education at college in the U.S.A.
WALTERS Jules (Antigua) Born in Antigua Jules is an actor, artist and citizen of the world. He has appeared in many films and stage presentations. He was taught art by Bertha Higgins in the 1940's and has served in the past as Vice President of the Antigua Art Society. He is the director of the Coates Cottage Art Gallery which presents exhibitions periodically and was the meeting place of the Antigua Art Society for many years.
WARREN Charles (UK/Antigua ) Charles has lived in Antigua for many years. He is an oil painter who loves to paint ships and the sea.
WHITE Natalie (Antigua) Natalie was a very creative and promising artist before getting caught up in the chores and joys of motherhood. Her husband is a successful restauranteur. A very pretty woman she also modeled for Nick Maley's Seasons in the Sun paintings.
WOODBERY Yolanda (U.S.A./Antigua) Click here for Yolanda's page.
WOODLANDS John (UK./Antigua) John was active in the Antigua art scene for many years in the 80's. Most of his work was acrylic on fabric, including clothing (dresses, blouses and T-shirts) which he sold from his store in Redcliffe Quay. He left Antigua in the late 80's and went to Belize where it is rumored that he may have died.
WOODS WILLIAM (UK./Antigua) Born in London, Bill attended the St. Martin's School of Art and has spent a long career as an art director in advertising. He made numerous visits to the Caribbean and began exhibiting at Harmony Hall, Antigua in the late 80's. His superb detail and subtle tones proved to be so popular that a book of his works was published by MACMILLAN CARIBBEAN PRESS in 1993.
WRIGHT Pamela (Canada/Antigua) Pamela studied art as a child and later at the Doon School of Fine Art in Ontario. She moved to the Caribbean in 1964 and established a studio gallery in the heart of St. John's. She produced commissions for several hotels, painted backdrops for Antigua's Carnival and did a mural for NASA which is now in the U.S.A. She was a founding member of the Antigua Artist's Society (and served as President for 4 years), provided art classes, wrote on art for a local newspaper and influenced many local artists including Cadman Mathias, and Euston Tongue. She established a second studio gallery in Montserrat where she worked for three years before assisting the Government of Antigua in establishing the first National Arts Exhibition. Her work was featured in North Light Magazine in October 1976. She moved back to Canada in 1982 but returns regularly with groups of students conducting holiday workshops. Although some of her early works were in oil she is best known for her inexpensive watercolors depicting Antiguans going about their daily activities. Many works include either the buildings in St. John's, the beaches, or Antiguan fishing boats.
ZUCKER Morris (U.S.A./St. Thomas) b. 1903 Morris has painted all his life. Despite winning a New York city wide art competition and exhibiting his work in a one man show at the Creative Gallery N.Y.C. he was discouraged from pursuing a career in art by his mother. A successful business man and textile designer he was able to retire in 1950 at the age of 47. He moved to Italy and studied art there. He has lived, painted and exhibited in Mexico, Haiti, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. His vibrant works, reminiscent of the Fauvists, have hung in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the New Jersey Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Springfield Mass., the Ogunquit Museum - Maine, Mississippi Art Museum, the Museums of Palm Beach and St Augustine, New York's Salmagundi Club, the National Art Club and Lever House. His entries into the 1989 Island Arts Competition, the largest Caribbean Art competition in 35 years won him "Most expressive use of color - St. Thomas. At 89 he was still painting daily.
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