When we think of art, what names come to mind? For many, the titans of classical painting such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet and more. Each of these artists had a unique way of bringing art to life, so much so that we continue to honour their works by putting them on display for the whole world to see. While the practice of putting paint on canvas may seem trivial to some, art allows for an expression of emotion that words alone fail to match. The story and experiences of the artist speaks through their art, and through this cathartic process a shared connection is born between creator and viewer.
Artist: Lynne Bernbaum
There are many collections located all over the island, one of the must-see studios belongs to Lynne Bernbaum, a US expat who fell in love with Anguilla during the 80s and moved to the island in 1995. Situated on the scenic bay of Sandy Ground, Bernbaum’s work brings the essence of the island to life. Bernbaum believes that to truly create a masterpiece, you need to understand its true nature. From its shape to its colour palette, texture, and more, these factors contribute to creating a unique piece of art. Bernbaum has a few collections showcased in her gallery – hats, market scenes and intimate bar moments. The latter is in a partnership with a local bar, where Bernbaum uses organic, spontaneous moments of connection as inspiration to create a tangible, lasting memory. Bernbaum’s work can also be seen at the new Greg Norman Golf Course at Aurora Anguilla Resort & Golf Club.
Cheddie’s Carving Studio, photo courtesy of afar.com
Cheddie Richardson, an Anguillian native who has been creating artwork since he was nine years old and uses what the island naturally provides to create his driftwood sculptures. Richardson’s creative spirit has led to his work being featured in multiple publications. Richardson has even caught the eyes of the British Royalty, presenting a sculpture to Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to Anguilla in the late 90s. The sculpture remains in the Royal art Collection in England!