“Woodwork triggers Cy’s love for art”

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Cy Hutchinson is not an accidental artist. He didn’t just stumble into creating all the work he does.

It may sound like a cliché, but he is following his passion to create and enjoying it immensely.

His Primitive Modern #6 won him this year’s Central Bank Governor’s Award while Trying to Find saw him being awarded the Central Bank Award of Excellence for the first time ever.

Winning major awards is nothing new to the humble and soft-spoken Cy, who can list the Governor’s Award, Best in Shows and not one, but three, Governor General Awards, the highest award presented at NIFCA, among his accolades. 

He chatted with Easy about his work and how he came up with this year’s two winning pieces, his creative process and how he got started.

Firstly, his winning works are not only different from the other entries in the Central Bank of Barbados Visual Arts Festival on at the Courtney Blackman Grande Salle and Queen’s Park Gallery until August 3, but they are different from each other.

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At left, One of Cy Hutchinson’s pieces, Trying to Find.

“Trying to Find was inspired by a personal experience, trying to find balance in my life and trying to balance all the various aspects of life which I struggle to do daily. That was a piece based on that continuing experience.

“I wanted to do something with balance so that was a start point. As I said to my wife numerous times, I wish I would achieve balance as easily as that appears to. I spent a lot of time sketching, and I would do small models and play around with different ideas until I settle on one I’m happy with.

“Every time I make something it’s new so it’s not a production thing. Every piece has challenges I have to work through as I make it ’cause its always new to me. I don’t know what’s going to come my way or if I’m going to like what I produce,” said Cy. (GBM)

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