Mango Tango Art Gallery will unveil new works by W.B. Thompson at a reception set for 5:30-8:30 p.m., Friday Jan. 26. The exhibit is named “Unbroken Territory.” It is a grand selection of new paintings and collages by Thompson, an island icon and internationally recognized artist.
Gallery owner Jane Coombes notes that, “The new work takes his commitment to controlling chaos with color to a new level.”
After the artist’s discussion of his art process, enjoy the music of virtuoso harpist Jesus Zamora at the rum punch reception.
“Unbroken Territory” is comprised of paintings and collages that are based on sketches and drawings made during and after the storms this past fall. Sizes of the works vary from a 48×60-inch canvas to small 12×12-inch collage works on paper. There are also a number of multiple component works that can be grouped or exhibited singularly, along with a multiple component painting (36×72) that is comprised of six 18×24-inch panels. The idea behind the multiple components is inspired by some recent works by David Hockney.
Artist W.B. Thompson Jr. explains, “I wanted to make paintings that refer or relate to the devastation and power of the sea and sky, but still retain the beauty that shines throughout our islands in spite of the turmoil and troubles. Particular emphasis was placed on the cloud forms which take on a new and more ominous meaning; clouds as life sustaining water source can become harbingers of death and destruction.
Many works convey the collective ennui from the effort expended to rebuild our lives. The overwhelmed, the tired, the powerless are all swept into these canvases with the culminating metaphysical expression manifested in “Ghost of the Tourist Trees on Suicide Hill.” Our islands have been pushed to the brink, but we remain an “Unbroken Territory.”
Meet the artist at the rum punch reception. The show continues for one month.