London gallery launches with Caribbean colour

Dennis de Caires at the opening of The Zari Gallery

London gallery launches with Caribbean colour

By Stephen Spark
Photographer Stephen Spark

United Kingdom | Tuesday 16 February 2016: 23:23 GMT

A new art gallery just off London’s Oxford Street opened last week with a one-man show by Guyanese-born Dennis de Caires, who currently works in London and Barbados.

The Zari Gallery, in Newman Street, is the latest venture by Georgina Dhillon, publisher of the glossy Kreol Magazine. The attractive ground-floor space was so filled with guests on the opening night, 11 February, that it took a while before it was possible to appreciate the vibrant colour of De Caires’ still-life works.

His subject matter is the deceptively simple stuff of everyday life – fruit in bowls, bottles, a cigar in an ashtray – but they are far from the hackneyed and static images that often fall within the still-life genre. His bowls of mangoes and limes are infused with the light and warmth of the Caribbean, making them a joy to contemplate on a cold, grey winter’s evening in London.

The exhibition is entitled ‘A Morning at the Office’, reflecting the artist’s “preoccupation with the poetry of everyday life”. A Danish critic described his motifs as “objects of a sensuous quality, occasionally with an understated eroticism”, which suggests something rather more exciting than most people’s mornings at the office.

You can judge for yourself at Zari Gallery, 73 Newman Street, London W1T 3EJ. The exhibition continues until 11 March. More details facebook.com/zarigallery

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