Savannah Gallery

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Thanks for stopping by www.savannahgallery.com for a visit.  The Gallery has enjoyed a web presence for over a decade now, and although often overlooked through the years, we promise to keep our new site fresh and interesting, with new works uploaded at the same time they are hung on the Gallery’s walls.

Please don’t hesitate to email savannah@anguillanet.com or call (264) 497-2263 to request additional photos of specific artists’ works, detail photos of works on the site, or information relating to these artists.  Drop a note to say hello – it’s always my pleasure to touch base.

Seresier Louis Juste

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In the seminal book on Haitian art, “Where Art is Joy: Haitian Art: The First Forty Years”, the great expert on Haitian art, Seserlden Rodman wrote in 1988 “Two other metal workers of outstanding talent, neighbors of Liautaud in Croix des Bouquets were Seresier and Janvier Louis Juste.  Shearing their way to fortune in the 1970’s, both these artists were ambitious enough to go beyond the small cutout circles the tourists loved to tie to their handbags.  Sometimes they would incise drawings into their figures.  In very large pieces, cut from industrial drums, they integrated birds, bats, mermaids, drummers, horsemen and weird combinations of all five with astonishing ingenuity.”

 

I’ve just acquired and installed this really quite wonderful (15 x 23″) sculpture in the gallery.  I love these two “Dancers” – can’t figure it out, but just love it!

Lots of Saharan dust high up in the atmosphere these days – quite usual for this time of year.  Skies are whitish-gray during the day, and made for a particularly beautiful sunset from the shore the evening.  sunset2

The St. Martin-based marquetry master Jean-Pierre Straub came to visit this week, and although always happy to hang his superb works in the gallery, was particularly pleased to install two with “Anguilla content”.  “Anguilla Beach” is the iconic entrance to Meads Bay by Malliouhana Hotel, and “Le Gommier” is a representation of an (in)famous turpentine, or gum tree which had a horse’s head carved into it through the elements, here on Island.  I’m trying to find out where is was, or if it still stands.  Anyone?str1str2

Fabulous lunch, as always, at Jacala today.  Wonderful rum punch, superb lobster club sandwich.  Still impressed with the camera in my new phone too…………..j1j2j3

Victor Hempel – Long Bowl

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I adore this new lignum vitae sculpture by Victor Hempel.  It’s a stunning bowl that seems to span the length of my front desk.  Here are two views…..vh1vh2

Victor Hempel – Funky Fish

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Many thanks to that renaissance man, Victor Hempel (artist, fisherman, sailor, savant and dog-whisperer) for this incredible group of sculptures, collectively known as his “Funky Fish”.  Victor is one of the most intuitive sculptors I’ve ever met, and these works, carved, burnt, paintedh1h3h4h5 and collaged is proof positive of his incredible imagination and skill.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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O’Malley was feeling the love during the week.  We were all chillaxing out back of the gallery, and he just cuddled right up to his mom Augie in the afternoon…..friday

Little Curry House

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There’s a great new option for grabbing some VERY good curry on Anguilla these days.  The Little Curry House has just opened recently, and it’s superb.  It’s in The Valley – about 300 yards down the road from the Post Office.  I’ve had a few things from them, and this roti is one of the bestr1r2r3 I’ve ever had.  It’s an incredibly flavourful  curried chicken and potato mixture, all wrapped up in a delicious savoury pancake.  The wings are wonderful too, and I can tell that the curried lamb has to be my next lunch option.  They have a few tables for sitting, but I brought mine back to the gallery – apologies to Victor Hempel for using his Mask Bowl as a prop……….

I’ve just received and installed this superb early (c.1980) canvas by the late great Haitian master, Henri Robert Bresil (1952-1999).  This is a gem, only 20 x 24″ by Bresil, anhbr artist who painted astoundingly beautiful pastoral landscapes of the Haitian countryside.  Classic, in every sense.

Two new Haitian sculptures

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I just installed two very fine vintage Haitian sculptures in the gallery today, both quite wonderful.  The firstricheriche1 is a mask, 13″ high, signed only “Riche”, but different than any other Haitian mask I’ve ever seen.  It combines wood, scrap metal, nails and rope, yet also has some very fine carving on the gentleman’s “hat”.  The second is more of a classic imagery, and this musician, 33″ high,  is signed Jacques Midi, who in fact, is quite a well known carver.  Both superb works, and they compliment the Haitian paintings I’ve hung around them.