A SIX-week exhibition of the work of renowned Guyanese Artist Dudley Charles, titled: `Meeting the Ancestors’, opened at the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, USA on Thursday, January 12, 2006.
This is the latest exhibition of work by this very prolific, self-taught Guyanese and Caribbean artist. Charles had long earned international acclaim as an artist. He is numbered among the most celebrated of visual artists from Guyana, South America, and the Caribbean. His works are included in the prized collections of Presidents, Prime Ministers, diplomats and art lovers all over the world, and are sought after by museums, embassies, universities, and galleries in several countries.
Charles’ works were first exhibited in Guyana by the then British Council Library, in a collection entitled `Group 67’, which featured works by the cream of the crop of Caribbean artists of the day. He was then 18 years old.
Since then, Charles’ work has spanned the continents. He has been featured in exhibitions in Asia, Africa, Europe, and North and South America. His `Old House’ series of paintings remains one of Guyana’s most beloved collections.
His passion for painting has been his lifelong adventure.
“I am lucky to have been blessed with the talent of an artist, Charles says. He describes his work as “an expression of events and images encountered in my life, reflecting the multicultural, multiracial society of the old and new world.”
Moving between figuration and abstraction and drawing from a spectrum of cultural influences from his native Guyana, as well as from the Caribbean, South and North America, Charles evokes a magical landscape, leading the viewer into the spirit world wherein we “meet the ancestors.”
The New York Times and several other prestigious periodicals have reviewed Charles’ art. The Times reviewer notes: “Charles has a technique and colour sense so delicate as to defy description.”
In a release announcing the exhibition, Vanderbilt University said: “The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center is pleased to bring the work of this renowned artist of the Caribbean and the world to campus!”
Dudley Charles lives and works in Hyattsville Maryland, USA.
The exhibition will run until February 28. (Sandra Seeraj)