Former executive director of Bermuda National Gallery, now independent Curator & Consultant, Lisa Howie announced the launch of Black Pony Gallery on Artsy.
Artsy.net is an online, free-access platform that showcases art galleries, art fairs and auctions from around the world; a virtual marketplace that connects to millions of global art collectors.
Ms Howie created Black Pony Gallery to develop international awareness of the contemporary visual art movement in Bermuda, while strengthening creative opportunities and partnerships in the Atlantic/ Caribbean region.
“Going online on Artsy gives the gallery access to an entirely new demographic, for both capital and marketing pursuits,” she said.
“Black Pony partners with emerging, mid-career, and established artists whose artwork challenges perceptions of ‘island art.’ Artists featured currently on Black Pony include: James Cooper, Graham Foster, Jayde Gibbons, Teresa Kirby Smith, Kevin Morris, Carlos Santana Dill, AB Wilson, Charles Zuill, all based in Bermuda.
Ms. Howie explained, “For many years I have been focused on strategies to bring international awareness to the talented contemporary artists in Bermuda and one solution now exists with this online gallery.
“The three key opportunities with having a gallery on Artsy are: limited overhead costs; global outreach to a target audience of collectors and art patrons; and the professional structure of the online platform. The site looks appealing, is easy to navigate, and allows collectors [or wanna-be collectors] to follow artists and artwork according to one’s personal interests. It is quite a fascinating new territory.
“Ideally, Black Pony will represent artists from several islands in the Atlantic corridor, from the Azores to Trinidad and Tobago. The present focus is on Bermuda however, with sights on involvement in international biennials [such as Havana, Venice, etc], and relevant art fairs or art events that value artistic talent from alternative locations.”