Wednesday, July 11th – Sunday, July 22nd, 2018
Wed - Sat 1-7pm, Sun 1-5pm
Carl “Woolly” Hewitt
I am a Barbadian artist who calls himself “The King of Wool” or “The Wool Man” My “road less taken” began on Nelson Street in Bridgetown, the capital of my country, Barbados. My first portrait was of a local student.
The process of my work can take a few weeks. First I drew a sketch and then apply the wool in a manner that involves different colors, textures, and painting techniques.
Most of my portraits are of famous people such as Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, former Prime Minister of Barbados, Freundel Stuart, Larry Palmer, U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, and iconic sports celebrities like cricketers Sir Gary Sobers and Sir Wesley Hall. My portraits of Wesley Hall and King Dyal were sold as soon as they were presented to the public. I recently garnered international attention when I presented a portrait of Simon Cowell to the television celebrity. I intend to do portraits of Oprah Winfrey, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, and John Lennon.
At the other extreme, I have honored my fellow Bajans with portraits embracing their differences and many struggles - financial, social and psychological, as well as their inner strength.
I teach younger people the “Know how” of my techniques so that they will employ them in creating their own artistic visions.
World of Eric Ginsburg
“Look into the eyes of dogs and cats” says Eric Ginsburg, who has been painting them for 15 years.
“They love you no matter what.”
Known for the uniquely soulful and painterly qualities of his portraits, Eric credits Sol Lewitt as a patron who commissioned work, as well as a mentor, and along with Eric’s “pen pal” William Wegman, as “Kind of a hero.”