The life and work of Guyana-born painter, Aubrey Williams (1926-1990), a founder member of the Caribbean Artists Movement. Born, in 1926, in Georgetown, Guyana, Williams remains one of the great enigmas of twentieth-century painting.
Imruh Caesar's film on the artist explores the relationship between the roots of artistic expression and the current experience of a black artist living in contemporary Britain. Williams explains that since his arrival in England, he has constantly felt on the outside of the artistic community. Despite his involvement with European 'avant-garde' art he still describes himself as a distinctly Caribbean artist, drawing on the myths of pre-Columbian culture and the landscape of Guyana for subject matter and inspiration.
The film follows the artist to Georgetown, Guyana's capital city, and then on to Horororo in the far north-west of the country. It was here, almost forty years earlier that he took up his post as an agronomist and first came into contact with Timehri: the rock paintings that have remained the source of his inspiration. The critic Guy Brett assesses two cycles of paintings: the first, The Maya & Now, seeks to express a Caribbean sensibility, while the other is inspired by the music of Shostakovich. Williams's work is a demonstration of a painter's concern with the intrinsic qualities of paint. A concern with mark-making that is pluralistic in its inspiration.
When & Where
October Gallery Theatre
24 Old Gloucester Street
WC1N 3AL London
October Gallery Trust
October Gallery was the first London gallery to exhibit innovative contemporary art from cultures around the world, a pioneer of transvangarde the trans-cultural avant garde.