Minimalist – A true meaning – Dolino

The National Museum of Trinidad and Tobago is presently featuring the work of a Brazilian artist, Dolino with the support of the Brazilian Embassy. The Annex takes on an air of sophistication in its clean simplicity, perfectly suited to these highly crafted minimalist colour blocked paintings. It is important for students of painting to see this show. At first some may think that the work may look easy to create because the artist is working with pure colour. However, if the student can get past first impression, there is a lot to learn from this artists’ technical know how. The colour palette is very strong and the brush strokes are honed down to a nearly perfect sheen. On closer inspection some textures lay on the smooth surface like fingerprints on plastic. The undercolours coming through the blocked areas of high relief pigment is very pleasurable to observe, but moreso, they give a sense of depth of field and visual interest. The high contrast between smooth and rough, positioned for maximum impact demands a slow walk through the space. The show is well curated and after so much figurative work in the museum, it is wonderful to be presented with such a clean, colour field show. The University of the West Indies just completed a show in the same space and students of the university should make a point at stopping by and looking at the work of this artist. There is a lot to take in and to learn from here. – Adele


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