Owen Ralph has been painting for many years here in St. Vincent but I've only recently stumbled into his gallery. At the time I struggled to define what it was that I felt like I discovered, was it a museum, a home, a studio, a collective piece of art? Maybe it's a little bit of everything, although one thing is for sure that it was certainly a treasure.
The gallery is found in Sion Hill , I've passed by it many times and I never knew it was there until one day passing by it again. It took just one wandering gaze to lock my sights on a sign that says ' Art Gallery, Sign painting Etc'
The layout of the gallery is like a mosaic of paintings covering the roof to the floor with illustrations ranging from the classical landscapes of the Grenadines to women in bikinis and aprons doing home cleaning. The most interesting part of this gallery is his studio in which he paints in the back. A very connected feel to his art comes from where you see its birthplace. His process is unashamedly laid out in manner that shows invention and creativity in such a unique setting.
Owen has many stories about those who has been in his studio, helping you understand this a place where many of his life impacting experiences have happened with paintings reminding him never to forget those both wonderful and sad times.
His art is even captured in ways other than paintings , he has pieces of costumes from past carnivals hung around showing his other talents all kept in one place.
A man of many hats, yet all worn in the same place. Owen finds himself a creative outlet that is overflowing with history and sentimental artifacts lay all over his gallery like a personal home museum, except Owen works in his museum.
Owen Ralph's Gallery is truly an experience I will never forget. The short time I spent with him has taught me much about art and how I now see it. The connection to the paintings and artist has never been so involved for me, and in this case it is unavoidable.
Pass by his place and give him a shout. Let him know I helped you find it and I know he will be joyful.
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