Grenada: Paradise on Earth

Prensnelo with Erik Johnson of the Caribbean Art project

Bagay Néf (Something New), the first solo show in Grenada from Haitian visual artist Jean Renel Pierre-Louis, opened at the Gallery of the Caribbean Art project (CAp) in Springs on the evening of Tuesday 15.

Prensnelo with Erik Johnson of the Caribbean Art project
Prensnelo with Erik Johnson of the Caribbean Art project

Jean Renel (artist name Prensnelo) is in Grenada on an extended visual art/cultural residency. The first part of the residency began on January 25, courtesy local artist Suelin Low Chew Tung and Erik Johnson and Meg Conlon of CAp. During this time Prensnelo collaborated with several Grenadian artists to produce a February exhibition called Amitye (Friendship). Amitye was held in the old Hubbard’s garage on the Carenage, off Tryne Alley.

Since the close of Amitye, Prensnelo has used the second part of his residency to reflect, meditate and experiment with new painting techniques on smaller surfaces. Of this opportunity to focus solely on his creative process, he said, “To be here and to have the freedom and the space to create, for me, Grenada is a paradise on earth.”

Prensnelo’s surrealist and abstract works have been exhibited in Haiti, the Dominican Republic (2003), the United States (2005), Switzerland and Brazil (2009). The Gallery of the Caribbean Art project is open daily to view Prensnelo’s recent works. Contact 440-1180.

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