Sunday 20th November, 2005


T&T, Bahamas artists exhibit works locally

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Mother’s Mourning by Marlon Hunt

In Reverence by Marielle Barrow

Ways of Being explores the different ways of seeing and illustrating similar subjects by two young artists Marielle Barrow and Marlon Hunt, one Bahamian and one Trinidadian. Despite their different origins—North and South of the Caribbean—and their different techniques of depiction, their concerns and views of life have similar frameworks and content.

The artists met earlier this year while Barrow and her mother Angelica visited the Central Bank Art Gallery in Nassau, Bahamas to exhibit their works in August and September. It was at this meeting that Hunt and his wife Rachel decided to invite the artists to their home.

Marlon, like Marielle, had taken the admirable plunge into painting full time and had given up lucrative careers in their fields. Their aspirations coinciding, Marielle invited Marlon to exhibit in T&T.

Marlon has exhibited at the Atlantis Hotel (Thoughts, Spirits and Reflections), the Central Bank of the Bahamas Art Gallery and Kennedy Gallery in Nassau, Bahamas, in Florida and at several reputed group shows. His distinctive paintings have been acquired by some of the top Bahamian collectors such as Vincent D’Aguilar and Dawn Davies.

He has the full support of his wife who is a financial analyst and also Marlon’s manager. The couple’s preferred hobby is travelling; they have journeyed to South Africa, Zambia and throughout Western Europe.

Marielle has pursued art full time for the past two years, opening her company, Vie d’Esprit Marielle Studios, in January 2004. She has exhibited at T&T 30th Independence Celebration in London, at the Horizon’s Art Gallery, Hilton Trinidad and Hilton Tobago, her own gallery (Marielle Studios Gallery) and most recently at the Central Bank of the Bahamas Art Gallery.

Her paintings form part of the collection of Nipdec, the Central Bank of the Bahamas, Dr Arinher a well known collector of the Bahamas and Ms Angela Moore of T&T. Both artists often depict the essence and spirit of womanhood, relating a travail of “becoming” depicted through relationship; in Marlon’s work this relationship is often set within familial frontiers and for Marielle it is often a relationship between self and perceived emotional environment related through dance . Both artists are clear in expressing an inner spirit of overcoming within the stories of their canvases.

While their subject matters are serious, pensive examinations of relationships, the vivid colours reflect an evolution of despair and pain into hope and promise. Hope and promise for Marielle is found in the energy and trajectory of the greens and blues and through the process of celebration and praise of the dance of the universe.

Marlon’s work moves through the symbols and roles of male and female mothers, wives, sisters to signifying the strength of relationship in overcoming. Marlon and Marielle’s work are meditations on emotional and spiritual journeys toward peace, abundant life and joy.

Ways of Being will run at Marielle Studios Gallery in Port-of-Spain from November 24 to 29. Other Gallery works will also be on display.

Marielle through her company, Vie d’Esprit Marielle Studios, seeks to facilitate exchanges between Caribbean islands to enhance the development of the arts and artists in the Caribbean. Her dream is to see artists develop on intellectual, business and artistic levels and so she initiates projects that would promote such development. The company will be hosting a joint exhibition between Bahamian and T&T artists early next year, as well as launching a Web site to encourage artist and artiste exchanges.

Both artists may be contacted through their Web sites,

For further information on the exhibition please contact Marielle at [email protected]




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