Susan Mains Caribbean Dancing Girls

 This is really a study for a larger series of dancing paintings.  24″ x 30″ in acrylic. Went to the Grenada National Museum on a Friday night and saw these girls dancing, and drummers with some traditional African rhythms.  So the first girl to the left says, “I’m so cute”, and the next one replies,…

September show for Art and Soul Gallery

We rehung the gallery today–have a look!  New work by Oliver Benoit, Maria McClafferty, Asher Mains, Susan Mains, Marie Messenger.   We think it looks really sleek and elegant–what do you think? Oliver BenoitSusan MainsThe archives The archivesMarie Messenger raku ceramicsits on a glass plain by Maria McClafferty Asher Mains with portrait, “Istra with the…

The River at Marquis on a Friday Afternoon

After Hurricane Ivan many of the favourite hiking paths were blocked, then overgrown with vines, then life takes over, and ten years had gone by.  SMH.  So a recent Friday afternoon found me sitting on a rock, listening to frogs, watching fish in the river, and being greeted by a very curious mongoose. Life on…

Country Morning Acrylic 16" x 20"

Susan Mains Country Morning

Susan Mains Acrylic 16″ x 20″ Imagine waking up to this idylic Caribbean View.  But we know its not idylic–it is Caribbean Agricultural land, so there is always work to be done.  Cocoa or nutmeg to pick, forking, weeding, harvesting–hard work for sure–but to breathe in this pure air with just a hint of green,…

How to Collect Art in Grenada

                  Recently, I wrote an article on the socio-economic value of collecting art, especially when compared to other things you may spend money on. Some people may be excited about collecting art and converting their money into a timeless and never ending supply of beauty and inspiration but with the myriad of options may…

Bio: Marie Messenger

Marie Messenger breaths life into lumps of clay. Her delicately modeled figures seem to be mid-sentence, pausing pensively before going on. Messenger uses a Raku method for firing her ceramic figures. Mostly self taught, Messenger moved from the UK to continue her art work in Grenada in 2002. Since then she has been an active…

Bio: Rene Froehlich

René Froehlich started to paint when he was 14 years old and studied Art and Sculpture in Germany. “Here in The Caribbean, I have come to realize how intense human beings and their social problems fuse with nature. Here, the powerful energy of the people and nature have stimulated my thoughts and spirit. It has…

Bio: Oliver Benoit

Oliver Benoit is a Grenadian artist who has been painting for over 35 years. Oliver began as a landscape and still life painter before devoting his time to the abstract genre. His paintings are in oil, acrylic, and encaustic. His multilayered and thus multidimensional work seeks to provoke the viewer, imploring them to question their…

Bio: Susan Mains

In a word, Susan Mains paints with passion. The resonance of vibrant colour, the broad, gestural stokes of the brush or knife, and the mystery of the tale she spins in each painting convincingly portrays her passionate love for the Caribbean. Born of American parents, Susan came to the Caribbean in 1970 while yet a…

Bio: Stephen Mains

Oldest son of Susan Mains, Stephen’s work represents a lifetime of experience in the Caribbean and the subsequent conceptual process of environmental extraction. His minimalist approach to the canvas creates a meditative locus similar to a Rothko painting. His ‘Newman-sharp’ horizon lines bisect his two palettes of color, each simultaneously placid yet quietly tumultuous. Stephen’s…

Bio: Asher Mains

With his recent appearance with Grenada’s first Official National Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale, Asher Mains is an emerging voice in the Southern Caribbean that is worth noting. Having shown work in his home country of Grenada over the past 20 years, Mains has also shown in New York, Berlin, Barbados, Shanghai, and Rio…