Sunny Caribbee Art Gallery
January 24-February 14, 2001
"Where there's a will, there's a way"
This painting is inspired by Brewer's Bay, where an old wooden fishing boat
sits, here to become the centerpiece, handcrafted like the painting, with tradition and
care, both expressions of island folkways, telling tales of surf and sandy beaches, and
like the fish taken from the sea, flopping and alive, capturing the sheer exhilaration of
"Sunny Caribbee is pleased to announce a 3 week
exhibit of original paintings by one of the Caribbean's most celebrated artists, Karl
Merklein. The show will run from Wednesday, January 24th through Wednesday, February 14,
2001. This will be Karl Merklein's 4th show at The Sunny Caribbee Art Gallery located on 121 Main Street, Road
Town, Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.
|Karl Merklein's vibrant, colorful paintings are unique to the Caribbean. His style is
recognized for its rhythm and emotion, not constrained by a rigid frame. His
unconventional framing is a trademark of his style which allows the painting and patterns
to transcend beyond the boundaries of his art. He paints with an electric movement and a
subtle sense of humor.
Karl has painted more than 75 original scenes of the British Virgin
Islands. After his showing at Sunny Caribbee in February of 1996, Karl completed a dozen
special commissions for local residents and companies. These commissions include a
stylized painting of Brewer's Bay, now hanging in the office of a local Trust company and
a 5 foot canvas with matching furniture for a local resident. Karl is without question,
the most popular artist ever to exhibit at the Sunny Caribbee Art Gallery.
Karl, who spent much of his life in St. Kitts and Nevis, comes from an artistic family but
never received any formal art training. He taught himself to paint at a very early age.
His inspiration is a desire to chronicle the life, traditions and culture of the
Caribbean. Anything and everything can appear in a Karl Merklein painting, from a
ramshackled local building, the perfect guest house on a beach, a local lady hanging out
her laundry, or a fisherman working on his boat. Whatever he creates, you can recognize it
as pure Caribbean.
Sunny Caribbee Art Gallery welcomes the public to view the Karl Merklein
collection from January 24 - February 14, 2001."
"A drive to
West End and back"
Narrow and crowded turns are captured
in this painting, along with the cactus on sunny cliffs and the scenic hillocks called
"The Towers" marching down the shore.