January 24 – February 20 2008
Bermuda Annual Schools Show 2008
February 22 – March 12 2008
ONIONS GALLERYArtists’ Voices – A Visual Expression of Artist’s Intent Bermuda Sun Article Royal Gazette Article
EDINBURGH GALLERYCoins for Canvas – Silent Auction for the Benefit of BSOA
Sierra Leone Grey Debut Show
Photographs by Alexander Winfield
STUDIO BIllusions by Suzette Matson Royal Gazette Article
March 14 – April 2 2008
ONIONS GALLERYThe Green Show – Spring Members Show
EDINBURGH GALLERYBermuda: Scene & Unseen by Stella Shakerchi & Christopher Grimes
STUDIO ARecent Works by Alex Hammond
STUDIO BDebut Show by April Branco
April 4 – April 23 2008
ONIONS GALLERYEmerging Artists at Work – Bermuda College Show Article
EDINBURGH GALLERYA Month in Vencie by Jonah Jones Royal Gazette Article Bermuda Sun
STUDIO AMaking a Statement by Kendra Earls & Amir X Amir X & Kendra Earls presents “Making A Statement” with the fine art of mosaics. Together they have hand made and design unique mirrors and amazing art pieces using tile, metal and glass to create intricate designs. They plan to continue making beautiful work that has an energy all its own. Amir X has been known for his amazing African shadow boxes and home décor items he has designed and created. Kendra is a jewelry designer and has assisted in designing stage sets and currently an art teacher forSomersfieldAcademy.
STUDIO BDebut Show by Stephanie DeOliveira Bermuda Sun Article
April 25 – May 14 2008
ONIONS GALLERYTechArt 2008 – Computer Generated Art & Digital Photography by Various Artists Review
EDINBURGH GALLERYRecent Oil/Pastel Painting by Frank Dublin Catalogue Royal Gazette Article Royal Gazette Review
May 17 – June 4 2008Bermuda Sun Article Royal Gazette Article Wonderful World is a new collection of art by international wildlife artist,Michael Jackson; he will be supporting twoBermudacharities: The Coalition for the Protection of Children (CPC), and the Bermuda Society of Arts (BSoA).
The exhibition is the brainchild of David Ezekiel, Chairman of the CPC, who says, “I felt the exhibition would be the perfect occasion to raise money for the CPC and to giveBermuda’s art lovers an opportunity to view and purchase Michael’s remarkable work.” David recalls, “Many years ago, I had the good fortune of attending one of Michael’s exhibitions inLondon, he was then an up and coming English artist… and things just developed from there!”
The CPC, founded in 1992, provides a broad range of services toBermuda’s children and their families. These services include intervention and treatment, family support and aftercare, a child abuse hotline, conflict resolution and peer mediation programs, prevention, public education and professional training programs. For more information on the CPC, please visit their Web site, www.coalition.bm.
Victoria Evans-Cracknell, Executive Director of BSoA immediately recognized Michael’s incredible artistic talent and warm personality, and sought to expand upon David’s initial concept. “I wanted Bermudians to experience seeing a large number of his paintings in a gallery setting. Michael is very excited to be showing here at the BSoA; this being his largest North American exhibition with fifty pieces being shown.” Michael has generously given two pieces to the charities to be auctioned to the public. All commission on sales will be equally shared between CPC and BSoA.
Is a new collection of art that I have been working on for the last 18 months, it is an eclectic mix of paintings that have been inspired by my travels over the last years and includes a mix of portraiture, wildlife and some landscape paintings, all of which are oil on canvas.
Michael Jacksonhas built a reputation as an Artist who can capture the very essence of his subjects. He is regarded by many as being one of the top Wildlife Artists in the world, and has a following of collectors from East to West, who eagerly await new work. His ability to combine accuracy along with stunning compositions, make his subjects really live.
Michael was born in 1961 in North West England and educated at aPrestonHigh School, and as a boy regularly won awards for his art. A keen Ornithologist since his early days, Michael had his own bird sanctuary taking in waifs and strays and nurturing them back to health, later to be released to the wild. This early devotion to wildlife has led him to be both, environmentally aware and a keen conservationist.
His passion for Nature and Art led him toBlackpoolCollegewhere he studied Natural History Illustration. He was the first student ever to achieve a distinction and was awarded the Student of the Year, by the Rotary Club of Great Britain, for work of exceptional quality and detail.
After leaving college he adopted painting as a full time career. In more recent times he has had five sell-out Exhibitions, and achieved record prices at both Sotheby’s and Christies. The Wildlife Art Society complemented him, by awarding the Honour of Best in Show at their 1999/2000 Exhibition.
Michael is tireless in pursuit of reference for his subjects and has traveled extensively, from the Jungles of Borneo and Central America, to the spectacular Virunga Mountains in Rwanda, on to the Plains of Africa and Asia. For Michael coming Face to Face with nature is what makes him tick.
“Possibly one of the most important things for any artist is inspiration. I have been fortunate enough to travel extensively in pursuit of my reference, and who cannot fail to be inspired when face to face with a Mountain Gorilla, or up close to Tigers in the wild. It is so important as an artist, to get reference first hand, not just of the animals and birds that feature in my paintings, but also the native vegetation, landscapes, rocks, trees etc.
I am lucky enough to have a kind of photographic memory where I can see a scene that touches me, and am then able to visualize it in detail much later. I couple this with field studies, and photographic reference, to recreate the idea that was formulated in the field, and bring it to life in my studio. As result of this I am never short of ideas, as soon as I have finished a painting, I am itching to get on with the next new project that has been on my mind during the last days or weeks.
Composition is the key to a great painting, as is the right balance of color, but certainly the most important element for me is light. A picture without light is flat and lifeless. Put in a strong light source, and you have a very different story, the shadows play key roles in describing the form and textures of the subject, making it come to life.
On a personal note I would like to say that I am really enjoying working with David, Sheelagh, Fran and Victoria on what I hope will be an exhibition to remember. I am looking forward to help raising much needed funds for these worthy charities.”
Michael now lives inSouthern Francewith his wife Ali and son Myles. He spends his time painting and traveling the world in search of inspiration for his art. He is a passionate conservationist, and enjoys raising money for various charities and teaching art.
Once Upon A Carousel by Amanda Temple
June 6 – June 25 2008
Figurative/ Portrait Show – Members ShowRoyal Gazette Article Other Exhibitions Masterworks, Charman Exhibition 2008 Just Pastels, Dockyard Arts Center, 2005 – 2007 Sailing, Dockyard Arts Center 2005
STUDIO BA Year in the Sun: Exploring the Caribbean by Will Gringley
June 27 – July 16 2008
Timely Reflections VIII
by Kelly HuntBorn in Bermuda in 1977, Kelly feels blessed to have had the fortune of growing up on one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Discovering the world of photography in high school, she hasn’t put the camera down since and the hobby transformed into a passion after the birth of her first child. After becoming a member of the Bermuda Society of Arts in 2005, Kelly first showcased a sample of her work in June of that year and has continued to submit her photographs and pieces of handmade jewelry since then. Her debut solo show “Alive” features a collection of plant and flower themed, macro photographs, which have been printed on high quality canvas. Kelly loves looking at life through the lens and enjoys mostly all aspects of photography, patricularly outdoor, macro and photojournalism. of course, her all-time favourite subjects are her two little girls, Annalise and Laylah. Aside from Bermuda, Kelly has had the pleasure of using her camera to document the list and people of the United States, Canada, Costa Rica and Venezuela. On top of her list of favourite activities, Kelly loves to spend time with her girls and husband, Donte. Other interest include; the performing arts, psychology and linguistics. Royal Gazette Article
July 25 – August 13, 2008
ONIONS GALLERYImpromptu – BSoA Members’ Show
EDINBURGH GALLERYChanges – BSoA Associates
STUDIO ANew Work by Kok Wan Lee
August 15 - September 3 2008
ONIONS GALLERYReview Royal Gazette August 29 2008
Equus by Kimberely Tucker
STUDIO BMy Adventures on the Shores of Devil’s Triangle by Micallef Grimaud Royal Gazette Article James Micallef Grimaud is 28 years old artist. In his paintings he incorporates a number of different media including spray, oils and acrylics He started out doing graffiti art when he was around 15 as a means of entertaining himself. He has always been very hesitant to attend any kind of art class – except for live drawing classes – for fear of being sucked into a style which was not his own. He paints as much as possible and learns through constant practice. He is a self-taught artist. Since 2002 he has taken part in a number of exhibitions and has had 4 solo exhibitions. Since 2006 he has been the artist for redbull inMaltaand is currently working on a number of mural projects tackling the theme of immigration inEurope. “The purpose of these murals apart from bringing colour to the streets and creating a place of public memory is to educate people about the identities of different cultures within our own and help integration”His paintings for the exhibition at city hall are mainly Bermuda oriented.Bermuda’s breath taking views and amazingly diverse array of people, characters and colours have been his main source of inspiration.
September 5 – September 24 2008
“Wish you were here” Photography by Peter Matcham
International Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition
Part of an internationally touring exhibit curated by the British Arts Council, this show includes ceramic pieces by local artists from Bermuda. The works showcase different tachniques of pottery/ceramic making such as wheel throwing, slip casting and hand-building. there is studio pottery, production pottery and commercial ceramics, as well as numerous types of clay; earthenware, stoneware, porcelain, bone china basalt and paper clay.
September 26 – October 15 2008
International Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition continues
STUDIO ANew Works by Milton Hill & Renee Hill Father and daughter team up to show an eclectic array of creative artwork Royal Gazette Article September 26 2008
‘I See Me’ is predominantly and first of all an introversive moment in my ongoing exploration of identity and place. It is an exhibition consisting of charcoal and acrylic illustrations inspired by common situations, and personal experiences. In my compositions I use iconic symbols and imagery. Normally I create and use my own, and I enjoy doing so especially in references to Bermuda. I do not want to overly rely on the familiar. However, seen in these illustrations are elements of a well-known Bermudian icon- the gombey. I embrace the gombey positively as an iconic image of myself as a Bermudian and perhaps more specifically as one of African descent. After completing a number of these illustrations, I saw for the first time the term ‘gombey culture’. It was used recently in articles in the local print media. While, in my opinion, this term could be a fantastic coinage, I was disturbed to note that it was used with a negative connotation, unfortunately souring a unique cultural element, which is a marvelous expression of inner freedom and celebration. A second objective of this exhibition would be to counter that position.
I am one of many gombeys and there are stories everywhere.Royal Gazette Article
October 17 – November 5 2008
Who Are We?
We are a unique group of artists who have come to art after having careers in other fields. Many of us are still a part of the local work force. We have come to art looking to unearth hidden talents, we have come in an effort to learn to smell the roses and to acknowledge the fact that learning for its own sake is healthy and life at its best. Our average age is 53. We have diverse roots. We are black and we are white. We are mostly women. We are secretaries, receptionists, teachers, police, homemakers, mothers, grandmothers, wives and counsellors. All of us have exhibited in at least one of the Just Pastels Exhibitions held annually in Dockyard
Few of us come from an art academic background. We have no desire to make a living from our art. We do not even care necessarily to sell it. What we have to offer the community is a voice. It is our hope that our work will begin a dialogue among art followers as well as those who have never set foot in a gallery. Our aim is to work with greater consciousness, to use art as a vehicle to add our voices to the mix, to cash in on what wisdom we have acquired over the years and to challenge the artists of this island to use art to provide an alternative to talk show radio and television.
The purpose of the exhibition is many fold. The show titled “The Prophet” and is taken from the book by the same name written by Khalil Gibran which provides the foundation of this exhibition.
Nine chapters (marriage, children, giving, friendship, self knowledge, crime and punishment, death, houses and work) have been studied and will be interpreted. An exhibition which is driven by this world renowned literary work will allow twenty or so of us as artists to examine the relevance of the work to today’s world. We will attempt to move away from mind numbing imagery, and produce images which speak to our experiences and reflect the relevance of Gibran’s words in 2008. We want to foster dialogue through art.Royal Gazette Article Dunavin Nesbitt Oct 16 2008 Royal Gazette Article Lance Tucker Oct 16 2008
November 7 – December 3 2008
ONIONS GALLERYProfessional Photographers’ Association Biennial Royal Gazette Article Royal Gazette Article November 7 2008
EDINBURGH GALLERYPhotojournalism – Members Photographic Royal Gazette Nov 7 2008 Royal Gazette Article November 7 2008
December 5 2008 – January 14 2009
EDINBURGH GALLERYEdges by Proctor Martin Royal Gazette Review A leisure painter throughout his professional career, Proctor has been painting in various media as a full time occupation since 1993. Primarily working in watercolour and mixed media, subjects are now presented in oil and oil pastel. A hallmark of the work exhibited and known locally is the translation of “the mood of the moment” which seeks to speak to a participation with the audience. Using evocative mark making, ranging from intuitive gestural imprints to impressionistic definitions, the artist explores the range of the media employed. Not infrequently these translations in an illusionary technique capture a personal message for the discerning eye. The artist believes that each painting must contain a little magic made possible by the manipulation of the medium. Further, that by “inviting” the interpretation of the painting itself by the viewer, personal experience is created. Currently, Proctor has been researching the use of coloured minerals. This, with a view to further stimulating the individual viewing experience. The current show “Edges” is in admiration of those surgical skills where lost and found edges glow.
STUDIO APlaces, Figures, Faces by Emma Ingham Dounouk Bermuda Sun Article
Layers by Ampah Hubbard
Throughout my experience as an artist I have gained much inspiration from various natural forms and objects. These are of interest to me due to their various individual characters, shapes and textures. The natural forms I use symbolize life, movement and are also capable of stimulating emotion.Form is a very important element of the visual impact of my work.
I have had a fascination with the concept of layers and have used them in a variety of ways in my work. The lamps and sculptures I create are generally made from paper or plywood. These materials are very interesting mediums to work with as their flexibility and the ease with which they can be manipulated provides an endless potential for creativity.
Much of my technique incorporates an element of folding. The various folding techniques I use are inspired by my Thai heritage. This eastern influence helps to add something special and unique to the designs which I create.
I also enjoy sketching as a part of my design process. I generally prefer to use oil pastels on canvas to create my drawings which tend to be quite bold in appearance. I try to create a sense of volume in order to make two dimensional pieces come to life with a three dimensional effect.