ArtBooks provide …” A temporary opportunity to peer through a window into another’s creative soul”
Grande Visual Narratives
As a child, I loved stories and have pursued this passion into adulthood. My earliest stories were West Indian and West African Anansi stories along with tales of my parent’s childhood adventures. Growing up in Britain added Hans Christian Anderson, Ruth Manning Saunders and later Chaucer amongst others weaved a tapestry of rich, different perspectives. Stories conjure imagery from words in any language so thus developed my equal fascination with text and image reflected throughout my earliest work. HiStory to me is the body of narratives which nations choose to tell themselves about who they are, I am continually intrigued about the stories people tell themselves about what they have done and the reasons why
After an absence of over 30 years from the arts, my artistic recovery was triggered by the need to respond to my mother’s grief following my father’s death in 2010. ‘Good Grief – a postman’s’ legacy responded exploring his life and heritage in an ArtBook. Heritage transmigrated over the next decade into African Violet…Hybrid of Circumstance and flowered successively before finally going to seed in 2020 when my mother died. Those seeds ‘ MayBrex’ and ‘ Before The Ships’ were cultivated into a trilogy of ArtBooks as a manifestation of my artistic signature style Grande Visual Narrative.
Visual Narratives – ArtBooks as memorial
Good Grief – a Postman’s Legacy began as a piece of artwork in memory of my father then gifted to my mother, it later evolved and was absorbed into a story within the story of African Violet…Hybrid of Circumstance. Since then I have continued to create Visual Narrative ArtBooks which are artworks as memory of people who have passed. I came to understand that life is a journey, none of which are the same and what I was able to do was to capture fragments of the essence of a person and to commit some of that essence to paper through language (poetic abstraction) and colour (painted abstraction or photography)
Many of these ArtBooks are in private collections both here and abroad as deeply intimate commissioned reflections of individuals. The response to these artworks has often been emotionally overwhelming and humbling and I am deeply honoured to share in some small way such deeply personal experiences.
Other work in the pipeline is a collection exploring the equation of Human Essence over Human Being.