What: Kumbat’tey by John Lie A Fo
When: Friday April 7-Saturday April 15, 2017. Opening hours are Monday thru Friday from 08:00am-04:30pm and on Saturday from 08:30am-01:30pm. Extra opening nights on Friday April 7 and Saturday April 8 from 07:00pm-09:00pm. The gallery is closed on Friday April 14.
Readytex Art Gallery (RAG) is about to present her first large solo exhibition of this year. In the spotlight this time around, is an interesting Surinamese artist who hasn’t had a solo exhibition in Suriname for a long time, 35 years to be exact. A bit surprising, because although he hasn’t lived here for quite some time, the artist as well as his work are undoubtedly proud representatives of Surinamese culture and Surinamese identity. High time therefore, for a special presentation of the engaging work of artist John Lie A Fo here in the country where he was born and where his ‘kumbat’tey’ (umbilical cord) was buried.
With the exhibition Kumbat’tey, Readytex Art Gallery has quite a surprise in store for visitors, especially those that are not yet familiar with the work of Lie A Fo. The explosions of color, the bold imagery and the uncurtailed expressiveness in the work of this artist will hold the attention and fuel the imagination of viewers for quite some time. Visual artist Lie A Fo is driven entirely by his feelings and by his passion for the culture, the traditions and the rituals of his country. He does not restrict himself to one culture, but he proudly considers every culture present in Suriname his own, and that is the essence conveyed throughout his work. Rituals and symbols of the Maroons, the Indigenous, the Javanese and the Chinese are all represented in his current collection. And although the cultural elements are undoubtedly recognizable for the true Surinamese, his work does not contain a literal portrayal of those cultures. His imagery, just like his own personality, is characterized by exuberant, free and unrestrained expression. He is in no way constrained by reality, but gives free reign to his creativity and his imagination, which often results in compositions that incorporate elements that are somewhat playful, surprising and even a bit unexpected. And in addition to culture, the collection also deals with other subjects that Lie A Fo is interested in or concerned with. Birds, free in nature, the disabled children that he works with in French Guyana, the painful subject of the child-slaves in Haiti, in short everything that makes an impression on this warm and passionate artist, will at some time or another find its way into the imagery on his canvas.
The undeniable and universal appeal of the art of Lie A Fo makes a strong impression not only in French Guyana where the artist currently lives and works, but also on visitors at his earlier exhibitions in Europe and the Caribbean. And starting from Friday the 7th of April it will be the Surinamese public that gets to enjoy the new collection of art works that John Lie A Fo presents in his solo exhibition Kumbat’tey at Readytex Art Gallery. The exhibition is on display in the gallery until Saturday the 15th of April. Opening hours are Monday thru Friday from 08:00am-04:30pm and on Saturday from 08:30am-01:30pm. Extra opening nights on Friday April 7 and Saturday April 8 from 07:00pm-09:00pm. The gallery is closed on Friday April 14.
A sneak preview …