Our Art Our Country: The Wall Art Project

 

It is no idle boast that the Central Bank’s Art Collection is one of the finest and most valuable of collections of local art in the country. This important collection began when the Bank was still located at the Treasury Building and was unveiled at the formal opening of the Bank’s offices in 1964. The collection then, was a modest fifty- two (52) pieces of work from artists such as Ken Morris, Samuel Ihsak, Pat Bishop, Nina Squires and Knolly Greenidge to name a few; and has significantly grown to what it is today. The Bank has over the years held significant exhibitions aimed at showcasing the work in our collection as well as the work of local artists. Our Art Our Country – The Wall Art Project is a continuation of the long tradition of support for local art, at the end of the installation process, eleven (11) reproductions of original artwork from the bank’s collection will adorn the exterior walls of the bankIt is our hope that this project would bring about a renewed appreciation for the arts.

 
Additional information on regional and local artists can be found on the website of the Trinidad and Tobago Art Society.
 

Artist: LeRoy Clarke

Title:  De Enigma of Utterance

Medium:  Acrylic on Paper

LeRoy Clarke, the most distinguished of our contemporaries, holds his own as both master artist and philosopher. Mr. Clarke along with his work emerged as an artistic juggernaut in the 1970’s; a period of social change that became a turning point in Trinidad and Tobago’s history. Clarke’s work revisits old notions of nationhood and identity in the period after independence. The Enigma of Utterance is now our gift to the public from Mr. Clarke.

 

Artist: Renee Roberts

Title: United Progress

Medium:  Acrylic on Canvas

Renee Roberts is the youngest of the artists whose work are being displayed in the Wall Art Project.
At 15, Renee was runner up in the Children’s Art competition held in July/August 2013. Her meticulous
rendition of the towers flanking the ibis, will now adorn the wall over the St. Vincent Street entrance.
Renee like Kajal, are symbols of hope for all inspiring artists.

 

Artist: Sybil Atteck

Title: Bele

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Sybil Atteck’s Bele, done in 1956, is one of The Banks most prized pieces, not only for its appreciated’ value, but also for its cultural and nationalistic significance. This cubist piece is a fusion of colour and movement represented by dance and drum. The late Atteck’s ability to highlight our emerging culture in the pre independence era makes this piece a most treasured acquisition. Atteck was one of the founding members of the Trinidad and Tobago Art Society and her contribution to the visual arts in our country is immeasurable.

Artist: The Singh Brothers

Title: Karthik

Medium:  Acrylic on Canvas

Prabu and Pramanan Singh or the Singh Brothers as they are commonly referred to, are self-taught artists who work primarily on themes from our heritage. Identical twins; their work too shows a common origin. The piece Karthik demonstrates the duos ability to transpose the spiritual and emotive elements of this Hindu observance in a piece that echoes our vitality as a people.

Artist: Ralph Baney

Title: Harbour

Medium:  Oil on Board

The Baney name has been long associated with sculpture. The Central Bank in 2012 was able to acquire one of the rarest pieces of fine art from our esteemed Dr. Ralph Baney; a Baney painting called Harbour.  Done in 1966, this early piece speaks of the versatility and range of Dr. Baney. Ralph Baney and his wife Vera Baney (now deceased) can be considered as two of the pioneers of art in our country.

Artist: Kajal Madho

Title: The Temple in the Sea

Medium:  Acrylic on Canvas

Kajal Madho is a most promising young artist. The Bank in 2013 acquired paintings by Kajal, which in time will become very valuable pieces of Fine Art. The Temple in the Sea is a symbol of that human resilience that comes out in our times of need. The monument is a national treasure, one that started with a dream and is deeply rooted in faith. We salute Kajal as we witness this formative period in this young artist’s career.