“A journey and exploration of forms in metal,” by renowned Guyanese Sculptor Winslow Craig, is open for viewing at the National Art Gallery, Castellani House, after the pieces were shipped from New Zealand.
Born and raised in the Indigenous village of Kappawarrie, in the Essequibo River, Craig is a sculptor with more than 30 years of experience, which has led to him being recognized both locally and internationally for his intricately carved wooden sculptures, most of which encapsulate varying aspects of humanity and issues of universal significance.
The exhibition, which opened on Thursday, forms part of the celebration of Guyana’s 49th Republic Anniversary and features 22 pieces of art created by Craig using metal, metal sheeting, wire and wood, that were repatriated from New Zealand, where Craig had traveled to on a Commonwealth Fellowship for the arts and craft between 1997 and 1998.
It was there that Craig explored the mediums of steel and other metals, leading him to create a number of sculptures.
However, as explained in the exhibition’s catalogue, the sculptor could not afford to ship his pieces back home to Guyana, thus they remained in New Zealand until they were repatriated decades later.
Having been repatriated, Craig offered to donate nine of the pieces to the National Collection, keeping only one for himself.
Stabroek News understands that the pieces showcased will be seen for the first time by persons outside of New Zealand.
Persons interested in viewing the pieces can do so from Monday to Friday between 10 am and 6 pm and on weekends between 2 pm and 5pm. The exhibition will run until March 30.