Naomi Lushington and Lindon Mitchell will hold a joint exhibition at Horizons Art Gallery next week.
Lushington is a relative newcomer to the art scene, this being her second show with Horizons. A media release from Horizon said Lushington "turned to art as a method of coping with her intense emotions and found that it always brought her clarity. This intensity and passion are transferred into her paintings."
Working mainly in acrylic, bold colour and a sense of movement are hallmarks of her style. Lushington is continually evolving as an artist, the release said. Her mission is to grab viewers' attention with her vibrant colours.
“My aim is to capture your attention by using vibrant contrasting colours to encourage you to stop, reflect and live in the moment,” she said in the release.
Mitchel, on the other hand, grew up in artistic circles. He was taught art under Luigi St Omer, son of St Lucian artist Dunstan St Omer, KCMG, and grew up around the likes of his uncle, the St Lucian sculptor Vincent Joseph Eudovic.
Between 1996 and 2018 Mitchel took a hiatus from painting. During that time, he became a missionary, an ordained Christian minister, entrepreneur and NGO executive, while still dipping his toe into the world of graphic design and photography.
Now re-emerging into the art world, he has produced works in watercolour which are part of his Street Life series. The release said his snapshots of local street scenes are extremely evocative, examining the Caribbean people.
In the release Mitchel says, “I am simply trying to change the narrative to a more positive one and to stimulate new discussions about our aspirations as a people. I believe that art is transformative. Images cause us to stop and think about ourselves and our world.”
The virtual opening of the joint exhibition can be viewed live online via Facebook on April 13 at 6.30 pm. This will be an interactive event with the artists present and viewers are encouraged to participate in the live chat with questions and comments. To access the opening show: https://www.facebook.com/Horizonsarttrinidad/
The artwork can also be viewed in safe, comfortable surroundings at Horizons Art Gallery, 37 Mucurapo Road, St James, until April 24. Opening hours are Mondays to Fridays, 9 am-5.30 pm, Saturdays from 9 am-1 pm.