Kindred Spirits at Drerup Art Gallery

February 1st, 2005 by Adam

The Karl Drerup Art Gallery at Plymouth State University
presents Kindred Spirits: Kayiga and
January 29 – March 19.
A reception will be held from 4 – 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 9 in the Gallery on
North Main Street in Plymouth.

Kindred Spirits features works by two
Jamaican-born artists who have known each other since
their student days, but have pursued individual
directions in their art and work in several countries.
Their paintings, sculptures and installations explore
highly personal approaches to African-inspired

Karl Drerup Art Gallery Director Catherine Amidon says,
“ Both Kayiga and Winsom have a profound interest in
the pervasive presence of spiritual forces in the
material world. The convergence of their interest in the
mystical is seen in their work.”

Kofi Kayiga studied art in Jamaica, London and Uganda and
now lives in Boston. He creates much of his art as pastel
drawings, although he is also a prolific painter and
occasional printmaker. His work is largely abstract,
featuring symbols and linear patterns to represent the
stories, emotions and histories of his culture

Winsom also studied art in Jamaica and traveled in
Africa. She now lives and works in Toronto as a painter
and installation artist who brings together a variety of
materials and combines them with text and word fragments
to make a three-dimensional space for her audience to
explore. Her work contains symbols of land, animal and
human presence as interpreted by African cultures,
reflecting a deep sense of respect for the phenomenal
world. She says, “Since I was a young child, my art
has been expressed through an amalgam of my combined
ancestry (Arawak, African, Spanish and Scottish).”

Reviewer Cate McQuaid wrote in The Boston Globe,
“Linger with both; they work together well,
complementing each other in their brilliant palette and
diamond-sharp patters and shapes. Kayiga’s works
function like the murmuring of prayers that underline the
act of ritual that we see in Winsom’s work.
Together, they make quite a declaration of the spirit.”

Kindred Spirits was curated by the Museum of
the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) in
Boston. A series of events will be presented to enlarge
the experience of this exhibition. A
full schedule
is available in PDF format.

All Karl Drerup Art Gallery exhibitions and related
events, except those held in conjunction with Dining
Services, are free and open to the public. Call the
Gallery at (603) 535-2614 to confirm times and locations.

Gallery Hours are Mondays – Saturdays, noon
– 5 p.m., Wednesdays until 8 p.m., closed Sundays
and holidays.