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Lumière is a bold vision from Claudette Dean
By Susan Mackay, B.A. (Hons)
Apr 15, 2008 - 12:40:03 PM

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Artist Claudette Dean presents, Lumiere, opening to the public on April 26th at the Freeport Art Centre in Grand Bahama Island, and runs until May 17th from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Saturday, closed on Sundays. Dean is seen here in her studio with work that will be featured in this upcoming exhibition. (Photo: Dave Mackey)


Lumiere is a bold vision from Claudette Dean...

Grand Bahama Island -Duality and finding structures/patterns in life are prevalent themes in Claudette Dean’s
upcoming exhibition, “Lumiere”  opening to the public on Saturday, April 26th at the Freeport Art Centre in Grand Bahama Island. The exhibit will be on display until May 17th from 9:00 a:m until 5:00p:m, Monday to Saturday, closed on Sunday

Intrinsic to Dean’s art is her spiritual view of the world. Starting from a personal question of "Why do I paint?”, this collection of art was created, becoming a testament to the ambiguities of life—revealing quiet truths of duality and unity.  

Painted in her distinctive style, the work is powerful yet tender.   There is a vulnerable quality to her work that reflects Dean’s intuitive understanding and sympathetic handling of the human condition.   By delving into her own emotions, Dean presents a body of work that immediately resonates.   She offers us truths of her experience, in bold, raw, and simplistic images, along with aesthetically pleasing pattern style pieces, for example, The Seeker and Where Lotus Bloom both of which use bright colours and decorative styling that cleverly belie the deeper message of her work.


L’Aube (Dawn) and Where the Darkness Meets the Light are more direct and emotionally raw in comparison.   Both are depictions of a woman’s moment in life.   In their poetic and sombre colours, they in no way, prettify the experience of life, yet, in their simple composition and palette, they eloquently express the beauty of the dualities of life.   Not sad, more melancholic, there is a deep wrenching beauty to these paintings that, ironically in their dark resonating colours, speak of hope in a meaningful, heartfelt way.


Sunergy and the series of Sunwheels offer a bright contrast, filled with light and energetic ribbons of life, the images appear to spin off the canvas.


Duality and finding structures/patterns in life are prevalent themes in this show.    By using numerous different canvases to create some of the pieces, Dean alludes to the piecing together of life that we all struggle with.   Contrasting that puzzlement is the constant reassurance of the cycles of nature:   the tides of the sun and moon, the rise, the pinnacle, and setting of their journey through the sky.   We are reminded of this constant rhythm of nature as expressed in Gestation (w

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