Mourning by Marlon Hunt
Reverence by Marielle Barrow
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 originsNorth and South of the Caribbeanand
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 DAguilar and Dawn Davies.
He has the full support of his wife who is a financial
analyst and also Marlons manager. The couples
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 dEsprit Marielle Studios,
in January 2004. She has exhibited at T&T 30th Independence
Celebration in London, at the Horizons 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 Marlons 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
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.
Marlons work moves through the symbols and roles
of male and female mothers, wives, sisters to signifying
the strength of relationship in overcoming. Marlon and
Marielles 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 dEsprit 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
Both artists may be contacted through their Web sites
For further information on the exhibition please contact
Marielle at [email protected]