Sunday, 30 November 2014

The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands! Xx

We love the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands.
The Building itself Designed by Danny Owen 
is on the Esterly Tibbets Highway
and built in beautiful grounds with native plants, 
designed by the renowned 
Margaret Barwick and Sandy Urquhuart.
There is a sculpture park at the back with a pergola, 
a labyrinth and a native plant Heritage Trail.

Check the details on

Look out for our pieces on the Surrealist's Ball last Friday,
and a Workshop with 3 Girls and a Kiln 
which we went to this Saturday.

This Wednesday 3 December
sees the opening of David Bridgeman's Exhibition
The Road not Taken

Earlier this month we went to the opening of Avril Ward's
brilliant Photography Show in the Dart Auditorium.  
Avril's Photos featured simple abstract shapes 
using light into its purist form to create the images.  
These pictures reminded us of Henry Fox Talbot's
work - the Father of Photography.

Avril Ward and Jenny Palmer
at the opening of the Exhibition
check the review by Christopher Tobutt
on the NGCI website

Take a look at the incredible sculpture outside 
the National Gallery by Davin Ebanks:

Adjacent by Davin Ebanks
sponsored by the Cayman Water Authority
'Adjacent is a simple minamilist sculpture re-inventing an 
iconic Caymanian symbol, the catboat.
Two half models of the vessel standing upright intersect to 
symbolise the bow and the stern. The result of their interaction 
is suggestive of a crossroads or a passageway, 
individuality and dialogue, permanance and timelessness.  
Sheets of transparent glass suggesting a keel overlap
One facade and emerge from the solemn structure, 
energising it with reflective light and balancing it with airlines.'
About the Artist:
'Davin Ebanks received an MFA from Kent State University 
with a concentration in glass sculpture and is currently working in the USA.  
His works utilise the medium of glass to explore his personal 
and cultural history and have won him many exhibition invitations, 
an Artist in Residence at Jacsonville University 
and the McCoy Prize in the Cayman Islands.'

Until next time J Xx


Thursday, 27 November 2014

Dolce & Gabbana's Symbolic Gold Coin for the One! Xx

Take a look at this lovely film about the 
One featuring Dolce & Gabbana Symbolic Gold Coin:


check our piece: sparkle style the one

“We love red because it’s the colour of passion, the colour of love. 
The “Rosso Dolce” is strong, seductive and passionate.
 It is the colour of our favorite roses.”
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana

The One for Men is a deep Chocolate Brown:

Dolce&Gabbana The One Collector’s Edition 50ml (£62) and 75ml (£73) 
is available now for a limited time from Boots and

Check out the Coin on the Make up Collection too
at Harrods

Until next time J Xx


Sunday, 9 November 2014

Robert James Clarke in time for Christmas! Xx

Love your Dog, Love Art? Combine the two this Christmas, 
and commission Artist Robert James Clarke 
to paint your best friend.  
This is a gift that will last forever.

The St Martin’s School of Art trained Clarke
 is based in New York and has painted many a celebrity pooch
 from Kate Moss’s beloved mongrel Archie, 
Photographer Tim Walker’s cross, Stig, 
and Alan Carr’s two red setters, Bev and Joyce (below)

Recent commissions also include the furry 
companions of jewellery designer and 
Vogue blogger Katie Hillier
 and fashionista Katie Grand.

Fashion designer, Bruce Oldfield’s Rhodesian Ridgeback, Babe (below)
and (Black Eyed Peas) Fergie’s dachshund, Meatloaf, 
were both posthumous portraits.

 “Sadly a third of my portraits are painted after the dog has died,” 
says Clarke, “after which we sometimes need to work 
with more than one photograph to translate into paint.” 

To commission a dog portrait simply email 
a selection of your best dog photos to

Commissions confirmed before the end of November
 will be painted and delivered anywhere in the 
EU or United States in time for Christmas.

A dog painted in oil costs £2,800 for a 12-inch square canvas.

An A4 size drawing on 300gsm paper costs £500.

Until the end of November 10% of all proceeds 
will be donated to the Art Room, Edinburgh, 
which provides art as therapy to children and 
young people to raise self-esteem and independence.

We went to his Fabulous show 'Animal' at 
BETC Charlotte Street London in August 2014 check:

featuring the A to Z of Dogs US (above) and UK editions.

Until next time J Xx

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Fort George and John Broad's Triptych! Xx

 We are still enjoying the cloudy cool weather right now
on Grand Cayman 
which is wonderfully calm and fresh, so Sophie and me took a
walk up to Fort George to take a look at John Broad's 
triptych which is just stunning. 
These three paintings were commissioned by the National Trust
as part of the Restoration of this Historical Site 
which was unveiled in February this year.

 I made Sophie sit down and listen to the explanations of 
the pictures each telling a different story of this historical spot.

Spanish Attack  Acrylic on Canvas John Broad 2012

The first tells of a Spanish Attack on the Island around 1779; 

 World War II  Acrylic on Canvas John Broad 2012

...the second of how survivors of a merchant steam vessel 
Comayagua sunk by the German Submarine U125 
were rescued by the Caymanian ship MV Cimboco;

Easter Regatta 60' x 48' Acrylic on Canvas John Broad 2013

...and the third depicts The Inaugural Easter Regatta 
in 1935 which celebrated the awesome 
seamanship and shipbuilding on the Cayman Islands.  
Fort George was an ideal place from which 
to view the celebrations each year.

 The restoration of Fort George which was made possible
 by a generous donation from
the Walkers Foundation, was unveiled by a champagne reception
on 6 February earlier this year.  
The ruins of Fort George were originally donated to 
the National Trust in 1987 and the structure
 was officially dedicated in August 1992.
The new restoration also includes a recreation 
of the lookout house that was built in 
the silk cotton tree that stood here.  
People remember the 42 steps up to this little wooden house, 
where the Home Guard watched out for German Submarines.
 Just round the corner is John Broad's other mural 
- 'The Wall of History' alongside the Courthouse 
celebrating 500 years of Cayman.
This was presented to Prince Edward during 
the Quincentennial Celebrations during 2003

Check my Book The Cayman Islands for a photograph
of the whole wall by John Broad 
which is an amazing pictorial History 
dating from Drake's first sighting of the Islands in 1503.

Also check:

Both books available on Amazon and at Books and Books Camana Bay,
The National Gallery Bookshop and the National Museum Shop George Town
Grand Cayman BWI

Until next time J Xx