Célébra­tion, the new col­lec­tion of works by Llewellyn Xavier, thrills art scene in Mar­tinique

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

On Thurs­day, 3rd Au­gust, 2017 a new se­ries of works by Llewellyn Xavier was un­veiled at the pres­ti­gious art gallery at Fon­da­tion Clé­ment in Le François, Mar­tinique. En­ti­tled Célébra­tion to mark Xavier’s 50th year as an artist and his first ex­hi­bi­tion on French soil, the open­ing was held un­der the pa­tron­age of Dame Pear­lette Louisy, Gov­er­nor Gen­eral of Saint Lu­cia. Louisy trav­elled to Mar­tinique for the oc­ca­sion and ad­dressed the large gath­er­ing of guests in English and in French.

Fon­da­tion Clé­ment has hosted many ex­hi­bi­tions in­clud­ing a month-long show­ing of orig­i­nal works by Pi­casso and the Cuban artist, Wil­fredo Lam. It is in that re­spect that Llewellyn Xavier finds him­self among his peers.

Célébra­tion, a col­lec­tion of oil paint­ings, pro­duced spe­cially for the ex­hi­bi­tion in Mar­tinique, is full of colour, per­spec­tive, rhythm and tex­ture. The im­mense white walls of the art gallery were trans­formed into a bright riot of glo­ri­ous colour. The guests who were present for the open­ing were mainly Mar­tini­quan art en­thu­si­asts. A Saint Lu­cian del­e­ga­tion came spe­cially for the event and were able to wit­ness the en­thu­si­asm with which Xavier’s work was re­ceived.

Jour­nal­ists from lo­cal tele­vi­sion and ra­dio sta­tions and print me­dia came to in­ter­view Mr. Xavier and to dis­cover more about the Saint Lu­cian-based artist and his work.

On Sun­day 6th Au­gust Llewellyn Xavier con­ducted a guided tour of his ex­hi­bi­tion that was open to the public. More than a hun­dred peo­ple came to learn about the artist’s sources of in­spi­ra­tion, his tech­niques and his ca­reer that spans 50 years. Pro­fes­sional and ama­teur artists, ac­tors, jew­ellery de­sign­ers and art lovers in­ter­acted with Llewellyn Xavier for over three hours.

Célébra­tion by Llewellyn Xavier at Fon­da­tion Clé­ment, Mar­tinique runs un­til 27th Septem­ber, 2017.

Llewellyn Xavier’s work was well re­ceived at the re­cent ‘Célébra­tion’ ex­hibit in Mar­tinique.

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