Paper and Wood, Ink and Paint: Recent paintings and collagraphs by Dennis de Caires

By ARC Magazine Friday, January 18th, 2013 Categories: Exhibitions, Updates

Gallery NuEdge Fine Arts Ltd, Holetown, St. James, Barbados. Gallery NuEdge, located on the 1st floor of the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, will present a solo exhibition by Guyanese artist Dennis de Caires titled Paper and Wood, Ink and Paint: Recent paintings and collagraphs by Dennis de Caires from January 12 to February 9, 2013.

Dennis de Caires Red Lattice. 2009

This is de Caires’ first exhibition in Barbados in over three years. On display are recent paintings and collagraphs completed within the last two years. Traditionally, de Caires has used printmaking as a means to explore and advance his painting (using etchings, linocuts, woodcuts, silkscreen and digital prints to map out his paintings and experiment with colour); this will be his first suite of prints (collagraphs), dating back over the last twelve months, to be exhibited. Installed alongside each other, de Caires’ paintings and collagraphs demonstrate the relationship between the two processes and help to highlight how they complement and influence one another.

De Caires has developed a visual language all his own. His work has always maintained a general theme that has remained firmly in the Still Life tradition of European painting (notably the French 19th and early 20th centuries). De Caires is fascinated by simple, everyday objects: a cup, a vase, a banana or a chair become the main subject matter of his paintings. He portrays these in such a way that they often appear to hang in space, pulling the viewer in and inviting him to engage with the virtual space of his “mise en scène” (“telling a story”). His ideas (reflected in his paintings’ titles) are generated by personal memories of close family and friends – the overlapping worlds and experiences of Guyana, Barbados, England and France, all countries in which he has lived and worked. Just as interesting is the depth of colour which he surrounds his objects with, creating a dialogue between the elements. In an effort to achieve pictorial harmony, De Caires emphasizes the play between the forces of color and design to create a rhythmic environment.

Dennis de Caires' - Kensington Bananas

De Caires was born in Georgetown, Guyana in 1957. In 1970, his family moved to the UK where he studied art at the Winchester School of Art in Hampshire, the Royal College of Art in London and then at Cité des Arts International in Paris. De Caires currently lives and works in London and Barbados and is an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Richmond University in the UK . He has also lectured at several other institutions in that country. From 2003 to 2005 he was head of the Fine Arts program at the Barbados Community College. He has exhibited in solo and group shows in the UK, France, the USA, Barbados and Monte Carlo.


Gallery NuEdge Fine Arts Ltd. is owned and operated by Galerie NuEdge Fine Arts International, L.P. S. E.C., established in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 2002. This eclectic and dynamic contemporary art gallery features the most sought out contemporary artists from the local and international markets. For more information Gallery NuEdge Fine Arts Ltd is located on the 1st Floor, Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, Holetown, St. James, Barbados. Contact Call Tel.: 246 621 0067 Fax: 246 621 0069. Gallery NuEdge Fine Arts Montreal Head Office is located Galerie NuEdge Fine Arts International, L.P., S.E.C. 1480 Sherbrooke Street West, Montréal, Quebec, Canada H3G 1L3 Tel.: 514 934 3343

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