The most recent exhibit at the Horizons Art Gallery, Mucurapo Road, St James showcased the work of St Lucian based artist, Jonathan Guy-Gladding, an American who has been living on that island since 1999.
paintings, oils on canvass and linen, explored various aspects of life in St Lucia with many of the 44 pieces focusing on schoolchildren.
In the United States Guy-Gladding
worked as a computer artist on the production team of the popular children's television programme, Sesame Street.
tried to find time to do his
own art projects after working hours as well as on weekends, but it seemed that he
always had to rush his
painting for which there seemed never enough time to get done.
Even when he
had more time to himself, Guy-Gladding
felt that there was nothing around him to inspire him artistically.
Living in the city of New York began to become increasingly claustrophobic for him and he decided to join the Peace Corps in the hope a change in location and lifestyle would do him well.
was posted in the village of Laborie in St Lucia where he
was to teach woodwork.
"I found there an unending ending supply of rich subject matter in the faces and postures of the uniformed schoolchildren, the people going about their daily lives, and the traditional cultural aspects that make St. Lucia such a wonderful and distinctive place.
The pride in heritage and Kwéyòl culture combined with a sense of community and responsibility toward one another deeply impressed me and gave direction to my work," Guy-Gladding
wrote in his
artist's statement for the exhibition.
Initially posted for two years in St Lucia, it's been over a decade since Guy-Gladding
arrived to the island, which has become his
This was not his
first exhibition here and he
has also had several successful showings in St Lucia as well as in Missouri, Massachusetts and England among other places.
has also won a number of awards in the United States and St Lucia for his