Gary Butte is an artist whose pieces resonate deep within me. His depictions of masks and faces painted with a thick tribal abstract tone, calls me home, to memories of growing up in Africa. His first “Mask Parade” Collection was exhibited in 2011 and toured across the Dominican Republic, Martinique, Grenada, Guadeloupe and England.
The MeCurator Art Gallery will be home to Butte’s “Mask Parade 2” collection, featuring 16 paintings, all depicting masked characters that reflect the variance of cultures that form the Caribbean. As creole month draws to an end in Saint Lucia, we must never forget the diversity within the Caribbean people, which spreads across many regions and groups of people. Butte attempts to recreate these complex relationships by putting paint to canvas within this collection “Mask Parade 2”.
Butte’s signature style is bold, energetic and exposes the beauty in our multiculturality. Butte describes his work as an “incoming tide of the waves, etching the shores of our land with a rich history of the people. With each wave that washes over the sand, another moment is shared, another memory is formed and another heart is touched.” Experience this powerful collection on the opening night Friday 2 November from 7pm at MeCurator Art Gallery.
By Buki Cahane