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Sten Nicholson’s collection in park

Carolle Bourne

Sten Nicholson’s collection in park

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Born in Sweden, artist Lilian Sten Nicholson has lived most of her life in the Caribbean.
And come Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at the Queen’s Park Gallery she’ll launch a fascinating collection of her works.
Curator Janice Whittle will tell you that the scale of her paintings is always significant.
“She seems to more fully realize her ideas on a larger scale. She manages to make every inch of the canvas count; every mark contributes to the atmosphere.”
Through her travels in Asia, Lilian was exposed to the beauty of the calligraphic gesture. And in 1984 attended Chong’s School of Chinese Painting in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. The calligraphy brought a new dimension to her work.
Pan Father, which is a brush drawing, but using the calligraphic lines, is one of her interesting portraits.
In her more recent work, the energy comes from the mixing of media.
There is a greater element of risk-taking involved, as her seductive brushstrokes easily draw the viewer in.
It works well as in the Dance Of The Dingolay  seen at CARIFESTA 2008 in Guyana. The theme is once again Carnival, a passion with artist.
The current Newcomers Art Group exhibition has been enjoying success at the Gallery Of  Caribbean Art in Speightstown. Their paintings of a Disappearing Barbados have been snapped up by fans who appreciate the talent and the realistic prices.
Over on the South Coast, there will be a pre-Christmas art show at Champers Gallery on November 13, featuring originals from Vanita Comissiong and her Very Vanita gift line.