Oct 21, 2012 News Comments Off on Renowned artist to make presentation at National Gallery
Known primarily for his complex and dynamic paintings from the 1950s to date, distinguished Guyanese artist, Stanley Greaves, A.A., is set to deliver a Power Point presentation and gallery talk at the National Gallery of Art on Thursday.
The occasion will see the artist seeking to raise awareness about his sculptural works produced over his career of more than 50 years.
Although his works over the years have reflected his critical engagement with Guyanese and the wider Caribbean life and culture, his presentations seek to illustrate the development of his equally powerful three-dimensional and relief carved works in wood, stone and metal among other materials.
Greaves has been honoured with numerous awards both for his work as a visual artist and more recently, for his literary output as a poet. He starting in the late 1950’s and early 60’s in Guyana when he won the Burnham Gold Medal for Painting and other national competition awards.
He later earned Gold, Silver and Purchase awards for his paintings, sculptures and drawings in annual national competitions in Barbados, where he lived for more than 20 years from the mid-1980’s and a Gold Medal at the Second Santo Domingo Painting Bienal in 1994.
As a student at Newcastle University he won a Second Year Sculpture award and a Travel Scholarship in 1965 and 1966 respectively and later, a Fulbright Award in 1979 to study for a second degree at Howard University.
His first book of poetry, ‘Horizons, Selected Poems 1969-1998’, won the Guyana Prize for Literature’s award for Best First Book of Poetry in 2002. In 2009 he published a second volume, ‘The Poems Man’, dedicated to Guyana’s celebrated poet, the late Martin Carter, a close friend and mentor.
Greaves, with works in the National Collections of Guyana and Barbados and in several private and institutional collections, has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the wider Caribbean as well as in London and Paris.
More recently in the United States, where he has been living since 2008, he exhibited in Washington D.C. at the Maruka Gallery and at the Arthur Rose Museum at Claflin University, South Carolina, both in 2011.
Greaves last exhibited his works at Castellani House in 2001 with his There is a Meeting Here Tonight series, and in 2005 with New-Retro, a retrospective exhibition. Most recently he made a presentation on his suite of paintings, Shadows Move Among Them, dedicated to pioneering Guyanese author Edgar Mittelholzer, in 2009, the centenary year of Mittelholzer’s birth.
On Thursday his presentation will commence at 17:00 hours to which the public is invited at no cost to them.
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