September 30, 2020 |
Black Pony Gallery welcomes artists Dede Brown from the Bahamas and David Bridgeman from the Cayman Islands.
Producer Lisa Howie said, “These artists add new energy and forms of expression to the gallery group, which has grown to 15 artists representing ﬁve islands in the Atlantic.... Bridgeman will launch with an online solo exhibition featuring original mixed media paintings. Entitled David Bridgeman: Finding the Way, the exhibition runs October 2 to October 23, 2020."
About his artwork Mr. Bridgeman said, “The works, although abstracted images, are rooted in some way to an object, place or emotion. They have a sense of place or belonging. They are not planned. There are no preparatory sketches. They evolve intuitively. And although there may have been some original memory or idea, that notion is long gone as the work progresses. The process of the image-making takes over and the image becomes something quite diﬀerent and unexpected. I love that element of surprise."
This experimentation lends to a sense of playfulness in the artwork. Although the viewer may seek to ﬁnd meaning, abstractions allow our imaginations to wander, just as much as the artist gives permission for the art making to have its own life force.
“I utilize whatever materials and paints are currently available at the time and these dictate the image. A variety of supports are used: plywood, canvas, paper, aluminum, plastic. The images are created in a variety of ways through the use of acrylics, oils, collage, charcoal, oilstick, printmaking. There is much reworking. Each piece struggles to ﬁnd its way," said Bridgeman.
Born in Oxford, UK, Bridgeman moved to the Caribbean to teach in the 1980s. His love for the visual arts developed aYer meeting with a number of artists in the Cayman Islands. He is self- taught and has studied painting with several well-known artists.
He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Cayman, London UK, and Dominica Republic, and now has artwork in the Deutsche Bank Global Art Collection, New York, and in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. Bridgeman lives in West Bay, Grand Cayman and works from his studio in George Town.
Artist Dede Brown was born in Freeport, Grand Bahama and grew up in Nassau. She studied at The Savannah College of Art & Design and has a BFA in Interior Design, with a minor in Photography. For the past ten years she has practiced as a freelance artist and photographer.
Brown’s work is very often figurative with a strong focus on female and androgynous forms. Through social experiences and observation, her curiosity has taken her to investigate social stigmas surrounding gender roles, sexual and racial identity in The Bahamas and, more broadly, throughout The Caribbean. She uses several techniques such as screen printing, photo transfers and painting, often combined with other materials to create detailed, intimate portraits that reveal the tension between our emotional fragility and strength.
Brown has permanent sculptures in the Nassau Airport and at BahaMar Resort, and she has participated in several group exhibitions in Nassau and in two international residencies. She resides in Spanish Wells, Eleuthera and works from her home studio. She joins Black Pony Gallery with three powerful artworks that forecast what is to come in her solo exhibition later this year.