Local artists bite Big Apple

| 11/02/2009

(CNS): A compilation of photography, sculpture and paintings by Alta and Gordon Solomon representing the current art movement of the Cayman Islands will be exhibited in New York City next Monday. “Caymanian in New York” will be on display at the Project Room, Broadway Gallery in Times Square, 16 through 28 February, with an opening reception on Thursday February 19. The exhibition is sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism and Cayman Airways.  

“We are pleased to be able to showcase the many talents of two of Cayman’s best artists, especially in a cultural Mecca like New York,” said Charles Clifford, Minister of Tourism. “This exhibit will not only promote the country but expose Gordon and Alta’s talents to a broader audience.”

Solomon’s work ranges from figurative carvings using the roots of native Cayman trees to abstract paintings that are interpretations of Caymanian parables and favourite songs he calls “Mindscapes”, to Impressionistic paintings, entitled the “Majestic Tradition”, that detail the country’s history when Africa and Europe “collided”.

 He depicts the country’s heritage with imagery of catboats and schooners built in the Cayman Islands during its maritime peak and scenes of the islands portrayed in the collection “Destination Cayman”. The collective theme for the displays is to capture the uniqueness of the many cultures that have influenced the formation of the modern day Cayman Islands as seen through this artist’s eye.

The exhibition shows the versatility of Solomon evident from his large-scale murals that are on display throughout Cayman. As a fourth generation Caymanian, he is well known for using his talent to “revive” the heritage of Caymanian people through his contemporary styled works.

 Alta Solomon’s photography, “Birth, Beauty, and Rest”, will expose viewers to just a few of the people and destinations of the Cayman Islands, conveying the peace and harmony that those who come to the Cayman Islands seek. A seventh generation Caymanian from Cayman Brac, whose forefathers built schooners and sailed to diverse places, Alta Solomon is a youth and community worker & PA with the NCVO, a local non-profit organization. she is also one of the Cayman Islands’ finest photographers.

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  1. Sandra says:

    Congratulations to both of you – what wonderful exposure – a lifetime experience- embrace and enjoy!!!!