Professionals, emerging artists ooze creativity
The latest show at the Bermuda Society of Arts is a varied mix of art from watercolour to oils and sculpture. Members are invited to take part in four members shows each year.
The Society offers a superb access point to an artistic career for the emerging artist as well as a home to the professional.
The shows may lack consistency at times due to the mix and range of ability but they can and do yield some fine results.
The exhibit includes work by seasoned professionals, Otto Trott and Vaughan Evans.
Professionals aren’t always consistent in their paintings. Mr Trott, a frequent exhibitor around the island recently, has been a strong performer. He falls short here, however, in his four oils that lack finish. Instead they appear to be works in progress rather like the house in Devonshire Renovations.
His intent is always there though as he grasps everyday scenes; a recurring theme of his oeuvre.
Vaughan Evans exhibits two watercolours that have energising colour mixes and compositional vigour.
Bordeaux Chateau is a large-scale painting of a French vineyard matched by equally sized ambition. He overlays accents of opaque paint straight from the tube over transparent to maintain visual interest and combines varied mark making in a picture of good technical skill.
It is refreshing to see an artist exhibiting a scene from beyond our shores.
Lawrence Trimingham exhibits two head and shoulder oil portraits, Aglae and Emilie. The artist has a keen interest in chiaroscuro and paints rich light; bathing his subjects in opulent colour. Skin tone and colour are captured well and, crucially for a successful portrait, there is spirit in his sitter’s visage. However, his success is diminished by hair that lacks lustre and ponderously painted clothes.
The emerging artists produce some interesting and enjoyable results. Yin Yang Koi by Carlos Santana Dill-Trott is one of two large pen and inks. He uses white ink on a black background. Splashes of blue paint around the fish add energy but don’t entirely fit comfortably with his finely controlled use of the pen.
Green Frog, one of Lisa Cano Rowland’s several watercolours on display — some of which have been exhibited before, shows the orange bulbous-eyed tiny frog clinging to a stem in a fun and lively piece of punchy colour.
Poppies by Michaela Mobley is a well-conceived piece of work. Reserving colour for the crimson red of the flowers alone, she finely details the intricate mass of stems in monochrome. Similarly her oil, Off the Reef is a fine composition describing the weightless gyration of a school of fish as they emerge from the ocean depths to the light above.
This is a good time to visit the BSOA as three other shows are on, including Ras Mykkal’s photography and several debut paintings by Antoine Hunt. You get a real sense that the BSOA continues to inspire creativity in the island’s visual arts community.
The show runs until May 31.