June 25, 2017

Notable artists on exhibition at Castellani House

The exhibition, ‘Donald Locke and the Artists of the Independence Era’, is currently on show at the National Gallery, Castellani House.
Works from a gifted second generation of Guyanese artists, which now form a significant part of the National Collection, are presented in the main, first floor gallery of Castellani House. These include, in particular, paintings from an influential group that included Donald Locke, Stanley Greaves, Ronald Savory, Michael Leila, all born in the 1930s, and others older, such as Philip Moore and Cletus Henriques, and younger, such as Dudley Charles.

‘Self Portrait’ 1957 by Patrick Barrington. Oil. Courtesy Castellani House

‘Indian Shooting Fish’ 1967 by Donald Locke. Acrulic. Courtesy Castellani House

‘Abstract Rice Fields’ 1967 by Donald Locke. Oil. Courtesy castellani House

These artists, in their individual searches for style and technique and a personal idiom of expression, seemed to mirror the questioning of the wider society as the new era of an independent Guyana began. Primarily paintings are exhibited, in an era dominated by two-dimensional works, though sculpture from Philip Moore and Stanley Greaves from the period are included. Most of the works displayed were executed in the decade of the 1960s, with additional works from the 50s and 70s.
Notable also are the two works of collaboration between Philip Moore and Donald Locke, which are mixed media, painted relief works interpreting the Pakaraima mountain ranges, produced the year after Guyana’s independence.
Selected works by the late master painter and sculptor, Philip Moore, CCH, continue on display until August 31 in the two upper floors of the National Gallery, exhibiting the range of imagination, themes and execution that characterized the 60 years of Moore’s productivity as an artist.
Gallery hours are Monday to Friday from 10:00 hours to 17:00 hours, and Saturday from 14:00 hours to 18:00 hours. The gallery is closed on Sundays and holidays. Admission is free. (Text from Castellani House’s press release).