John McClenaghen, Head of the Fine Art Faculty at Glyndwr University has sent us information about the new show on at

the Sycharth Gallery in the main campus.

There are several factors that make an exhibition of the work of these two artists particularly compelling but perhaps what Frank Bowling and Dennis de Caires most significantly share is a continued commitment to, and love of, the act of painting. Both are graduates of The Royal College of Art in London and have been painting since they left the college’s Painting School; fifty and twenty-five years ago respectively.

Bowling and de Caires were born in Guyana (British Guiana as was), the former in Bartica (a small town at the confluence of the Cuyuni and Mazaruni Rivers with the Essequibo River) and the latter in Georgetown (the capital city that sits on the Demerara river). This simple fact has had a defining impact on their lives as artists and their long friendship has been based on their mutual understanding of the dilemma(s) of a move from The New World to The Old and the complex emotional, intellectual and cultural challenges that ensue.

They share a passion for the history of painting and that both are keen students of Western European art and its subsequent developments in the Twentieth Century American school. Perhaps more surprising, is their love of British painting (both adore the work of Gainsborough for example) and their view that it is the very exoticism of European colour that has informed their work in the past.

The Guyanese writer Wilson Harris is an important touchstone for both painters and a reading of, for example, The Palace Of The Peacock gives insight into the way in which Guyanese explore language itself to gain a stronger grasp of reality in order to better define their experience. It is here paralleled by these two painters who are equally fascinated by, and obsessed with, finding a visual equivalent.

It is twenty two years since Frank Bowling and Dennis de Caires showed together in an ambitious exhibition in 1989 at The Umana Yana Centre in Georgetown co-organised by The British Council and The Ministry of Sport and Culture in Guyana. This new exhibition in Wales affords us an opportunity to re-examine and celebrate their work again.

Frank Bowling OBE RA (b. 1936)  lives and works in London and New York. He was elected an RA in 2005. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include The Poured Paintings 1974-76, Tate Britain from 30 April 2012 to 31 March 2013, Spanierman Modern, New York 29 March to 28 April 2012 and Hales Gallery, London.

Dennis de Caires (b.1957) lives and works in London and Barbados.  Recent solo exhibitions include Pictures For Georgetown 1986-2009, The National Gallery of Art, Georgetown, Guyana and Recent Paintings, Lancaster House, St.James, Barbados. He is represented by NuEdge Gallery, Barbados and Montreal.

The artists will give an introductory talk to the exhibition during the evening of the private view.

Further Information Mark Fleming  m.fleming@glyndwr.ac.uk  01978 293306                                        


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