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Looking at people as a design

  • “I am a design” by Lemero Wright. PHOTOS: COURTESY OF THE ARTIST

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Guardian Arts&Culture

Published: May 25, 2013

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Spirituality and art often go hand in hand. The result of which can be amazingly emotional as well as tranquil.

For artist Lemero Wright, looking at people as a design of God inspired his upcoming exhibition at The Ladder Gallery.

“I was trying to find [a theme] where it could be a little bit simple,” Wright told Guardian Arts&Culture. “I tried to stick to one theme; I didn't just name it ‘Design’. I was looking at it like we are designs. How God made us, He made us a design before we even came into existence. That's why I named the show that.”

Gaining inspiration from life in general and just getting up every morning and being alive, Wright is driven every day to pick up a paintbrush and let his imagination run wild. Oftentimes, he admits, his work could be inspired from something as simple as a dream.

“My style is basically urban pop art, where you have figures being distorted in a fun way,” he explained. “But now my new approach for this show ‘Design’, I want to go back to basics with the basic fundamentals of the shapes, but make the images stand out. Like painting a design in a design.

“There is a piece I've done that's called ‘Andros’, where when I started it, I didn't really want the object to look like a conch shell, but it just turned out to be one. So when people look at it, I want them to not just look at it and say it's basically just the shape of a conch shell, but look inside of it and say what they see.”

“I am more a person where my painting with design is more stylized, very tight and very neat. I said let me just hold up the urban design for this year and just fully master the design part.”

Wright, who’s been painting since the age of 14 and an established artist since 18, has done numerous shows, including a solo exhibition at The Central Bank Art Gallery; group exhibitions with artists like Jackson Petit, Lavar Munroe and Bernard Petit at The Ladder Gallery, Central Bank and Lyford Manor and six or seven showcases at the annual Wine & Art Festival at the Bahamas National Trust.

Wright’s history with The Ladder Gallery at New Providence Community Centre began with a group exhibition organized by then gallery curator Gillian Watson.

“When she saw the work we did, she had an idea that we were like the new emerging artists,” said Wright. “So that’s when some of the young artists right now came into existence. She helped us to get a taste of it and get a feel. That’s how we came about.”

As for the current show, Wright had been working on those pieces, using his new approach, for some time before showcasing at last year’s Wine & Art Festival. Many interested patrons asked him when he would have a solo exhibition, so it seemed natural Wright should do something small to please his audience. After looking at various venues, he settled on The Ladder Gallery, which was available at just the right time.

Wright is currently studying art education at The College of The Bahamas (COB) and has learned from some of the most celebrated Bahamian artists, including Max Taylor, Antonius Roberts, John Cox and Sue Bennett-Williams. He attributed much of his drive to what he learned at COB, as well as the FINCO Art Workshop.

“By them instilling in me to ‘just make sure you get out there and do you’, ‘try get yourself established as a young artist’ and through that, I just took their advice and got out there on the art scene,” he said.

Wright is very excited about his upcoming show and hopes that viewers expect the extraordinary.

“[I want the audience to] open their minds, let their imaginations flow. Be more creative when viewing the work,” he said.

In addition to “Design”, Wright’s work will be featured in the upcoming Art for Hope Silent Auction & Cocktail Reception at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas on Friday, May 31, benefiting the Bahamas AIDS Foundation.

• “Design”, new works by Lemero Wright, opens Friday, May 31 at 6 p.m. at The Ladder Gallery, New Providence Community Centre, Blake Road. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/TheLadderGallery or telephone 327-1660.

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