The Amateur Poster Series – Che Lovelace

Only observations, only observations….

High Square Art Gallery in Port of Spain is quite an inviting space. The building has many floors of which two levels are allotted to Che Lovelace and his exhibition of thirty original paintings executed as part of his Deejay gig called the Amateurs.

These are a set produced as an art incentive,influenced by the body of poster work done by Peter Doig as part of the StudioFilmClub. There are clear differences between them both, as Mr. Doig’s poster interprets a film by emphasizing a particular scene that interest him. Mr Lovelace, on the other hand is content with expressing an observation at Club Zen, without seeking further of his subjects.

Yet, this is a quaint exhibition that captures the nuances and subtleties of the club-going culture, and although photography is used, people are posing for the camera in a glamorous way. The works exhibit a loosely defined and contained control of the brush, stressing on the white spaces to form a outlined shape. Figures are distinguishable and are a playful wash of muted primary and secondary colours, showing details only a Trinidadian may pick up…hence, “a high cock-bottom woman in a low rider jeans.” And credit to the Che, as we can identify who these people really are – thin girl with rastaman, red girl with black man.

Mr. Lovelace also uses vermilion envelopes as the foundation of a few pieces. The flaps are noticeable and this takes will, for Artists are held back by the properties of materials. He has also stamped each work with an official sealed. The Amateur Poster Series includes laminated digital copies of the originals with the added typography of the venue held at more vino and club Zen. thebookmann would have much preferred a method of screen printing. The work is also quite affordable, there are digital copies that cost TT$800 with the originals going for TT$5000.

So where will Mr. Lovelace go next, the possibilities of self portraits may be in the right direction, why not explore the narcissism and vanity of the very patrons he has captured. -thebookmann

What is always refreshing about Mr. Lovelaces’ work is that he is possibly one of the few artists actually doing shows about his regular life. Certainly we have seen images of artists painting places or things familiar to them, but not necessarily images of their lives as he does. He has shown the public the life of the surfer, the life of the carnival reveller and now, the night life of the dj. Always there is a sort of visual reportage that he does, as though trying to make his own sense of what Trinidad is and means. In this way he is also mapping out a language through his painting style. In this group of posters, you can see Mr. Lovelace exploring colour. The style is by no means uniform, nor should it be, and that draws the interest.Every work is a variation, even when it is the same image, giving a sort of Warhol-esque pop art quality to the work. – Adele

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