My Caribbean Blues

To end the year 2006, thebookmann and Adele are posting a wall painting that represents the idyllic image of the Caribbean, and perhaps the paradise which this island still holds. What is wonderful about this painting is the effort the artist took to depict the feeling of pure contentment. This can only be experienced by walking along Mayaro beach with sea spray hitting against your skin. Carved from a mount infront of the Trinity, the mountains named by Christobal Colon in 1498 as Otro Mundi, “Another World”, Mother Earth seems quite euphoric by the cascading waterfall that descends off the top of her well ironed hair.

In retrospect, the painting is a sample of the website’s mandate, and where thebookmann has instigated street art as a legitimate form of Art in Trinidad and Tobago. As 2007 approaches, Tobago is on the next list and thebookmann and Adele look forward to explore other places beyond these shores. We also realised that thebookmann is taken very seriously and gauging by Google, the blog’s position shows its importance and relevancy in the world of Art along with the responsibility that goes with it. For this we are very thankful. – thebookmann

When thebookmann started out, the objective was to find a home for images that would eventually lead to a book called The Trinidad Aesthetic. In 2007, thebookmann’s objective remains the same, to put a coffee table book together of all of the images we see that encourage the question, what is Trinidadian taste, style, habit and culture. We look forward to continuing to bring interest, humour, debate and challenge to those who come across this site. We also endeavour to continue to look beyond the beaten path in every way. As we have this year in the discovery of a prolific street artist, an over the top sculptor, a young graffiti artist, and all of the unsung heroes of the street trying to make a decent living and making our country the unique place that it is. We also continue to write about artists and other issues of interest, as we endeavour to give art and culture a place where the analysis shall be more about looking and seeing, experiencing and exposure. To all our viewers, even those who say they don’t really look at the site- all the very best for 2007 we shall continue to influence the art world in the Caribbean. – Adele

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