The Youlou Art Centre Presents: The Owen Ralph’s Retrospective
The recently opened Youlou Art Centre in Villa is proud to announce its second exhibition. This time the work of a single artist is being featured: the veteran Vincentian Artist and Mas-man, Owen Ralph.
Ralph, who hails from Sion Hill, has been a huge force in cultural events in St. Vincent and the Grenadines over the past 60 years, by providing creative inspiration and entertainment to the people of this nation. He is known for organizing carnival activities in that community: he has played steel pan, sang calypso, and became well known for designing and building carnival costumes with his cousin, the late Roy Ralph.
Owen has been the ‘man’ behind the Carnival band ‘Owen Ralph and the Professionals’ for over 30 years, which has brought joy, fun, and entertainment to the Sion Hill community in particular and the nation in general.
In addition to his involvement in Carnival, he has distinguished himself as a true visual artist. He began painting at the age of fifteen, while still in School. After leaving school, he went to Trinidad and Tobago to join his father, who worked for an advertising company, painting signs. While working for his father, he was able to augment his painting skills. He returned to SVG three years later, and began his Carnival career, which continues to this day.
Owen stated that he gets his inspiration from reading, and from his surroundings. He paints nature, people, and buildings. He shared that each year after the Carnival Season, that’s the time he sits down to paint on canvas and make sculptures.
The Owen Ralph’s Retrospective Exhibition opened on Thursday 13th April 2017 and runs until May 15th. A Press Conference will be held on Wednesday April 19th between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon, where Mr. Ralph and up-and-coming visual artist, Miss Sherika Sayers will speak about their work.
Sherika’s work was part of the Youlou Art Centre’s opening Exhibition in March. Her striking painting, The Pond, will be auctioned at a reception for both artists on Saturday 29th April, 2017 at The Youlou Art Centre, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, when both artists will speak to the public about their work, and a video of Owen’s carnival work will be shown.
The public is invited to view the exhibition Mondays to Fridays 10:30 am to 6:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The Entrance to the gallery is free but donations are accepted. The reception on Saturday 29th April is free to the public, local foods and drinks will be on sale.
The Youlou Art Centre is owned and operated by the Youlou Art Foundation. A Non-Profit Organisation (NPO), and Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), focused on developing and preserving the arts in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Article submitted by Mrs. Camille Musser of The Youlou Arts Foundation. Featured photos from Facebook Group: Owen Ralph and the Professionals, and Facebook: National Public Library of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
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