Bahamian art: Presenting. Uniting. Educating.
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas brings to life a collection of over 110 works from the master Bahamian artist, Chan Pratt. We celebrate Pratt's life and creativity posthumously in "Resurrection." Working closely with Dewitt Chan Pratt, Chan's son along with 20+ collectors across the archipelago we bring to life his story and ruminations on the landscape and honour the legacy of works left for study and record.
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is proud to present a collection of new paintings by interdisciplinary artist Tessa Whitehead. Her first solo exhibition in The Bahamas titled "...there are always two deaths" catalogues the artist's observations of the landscape, everyday life, and the inner working of nature in conjunction with the sacred feminine.
Once a space that was considered a space of exile, a dark and dangerous unknown in colonizing Europe’s imagination, the Caribbean is now precisely the opposite. The light and colour here is seductive, in more restorative and idyllic imaginaries. Whether you’re born here or a transplant, the Bahamian landscape has been a more than willing muse to many an artist over the years, including the likes of Hildegarde Hamilton, Eddie Minnis, Chan Pratt, and more, artist John Paul Saddleton (J.P.) is in good company.
Drawing mainly from the National Collection and supported by works from The Dawn Davies Collection, “Timelines” will be displaying the works of 43 artists including John Beadle, Dionne Benjamin-Smith, Sue Bennett-Williams, Wellington Bridgewater, Stanley Burnside, Graham Byfield, Jacob Coonley, Jessica Colebroke, John Cox, Blue Curry, Amos Ferguson, Tyrone Ferguson, Antoine Ferrier, Kendal Hanna, Rolfe Harris, Peggy Jones, Denis Knight, Alton Lowe, Toby Lunn, R. Brent Malone, Melissa Maura, Sterling Miller, Edward Minnis, Lavar Munroe, Holly Parotti, Chan Pratt, Antonius Roberts, Edison Godfrey Rolle, Monique Rolle, Lorenzo Roker, Roland Rose, Sandford Sawyer, Heino Schmid, Dave Smith, Jolyon Smith, Kipp Soldwedel, Dorman Stubbs, Nettica “Nettie” Symonette, Maxwell Taylor, Allan P. Wallace, Joseph “Joe Monks” Weaver and Homer Williams.
The Visual Life of Social Affliction seeks to grapple with the ways in which Caribbean visual practice critically engages long-standing experiences of social suffering. Recognizing the real senses in which the Caribbean not only was born in the structural violence of Native genocide, African slavery, and Indian indenture instituted by colonial powers, but has been sustained since then by the relentless continuation of institutionalized disrespect, disregard, and dishonor, this project seeks to capture the destructive impact of dominating powers on the lives of Caribbean people. Our wager is that the visual arts constitute one of the most vital expressive and hermeneutic optics through which to explore social life in general and the life of social affliction in particular.
Kachelle Knowles: Bahamian Man Since Time: The work lies in the cultural and racial styles that have ideological traits associated with class and success within the Caribbean and also within Black culture. It speaks about the assimilation and self-erasure of black identity to conform within a Eurocentric society in favour of economic survival. Our society is ever changing from the influence of America and our growing tourism industry, and in turn, the perception of masculinity is one of those aspects that is transforming, albeit, ever slightly within our culture.
Averia Wright presents "Straw Paradox: The Pig that Built His House of Straw" in the NAGB Project Space her following her moving works for the National Exhibition 9 "The Fruit and The Seed", "Elevating the Blue Light Special." Drawing from tradition and her family's history, Wright will explore the legacy of straw works and its relationship to the Bahamian tourism industry.