Che Lovelace is an unabashed painter of the flora, fauna, figures, landscapes and rituals of the Caribbean.
His depictions of the rhythms of Trinidadian life are informed by his rootedness there, having established his studio practice on the rural outskirts of Port-of-Spain. His solo exhibition with the gallery will be presented in March 2023 and his work will be on view at Art Basel Miami Beach 2022.
Lovelace likens his material and formal interventions—such as cleaving the canvas into quadrants and dissecting the picture plane into cubist constituents—to exploring Caribbean selfhood as an integration of antecedents and transforming simplicity into wonder.
Lovelace’s fascination with Caribbean iconography is a metaphorical expedition through postcolonialism, resistance, freedom, mythology and nature. The result is a complex and nuanced expression of his own sense of identity, politics, place, and community.
Art Basel Miami BeachThe Enigma of Arrival 29 Nov - 3 Dec 2022The Enigma of Arrival presents an exchange between Alberta Whittle and Che Lovelace about postcolonial realizations. Through textile assemblage and painting, both artists focus on their hereditary homelands to reengage with Caribbean symbolism. The title is borrowed from Nobel Laureate V.S. Naipaul’s 1971 book, in which he recounts the experience of migrating from Trinidad to Wiltshire, England. Arrivals are bound to their corresponding departures and with that, an abandonment of one’s previous locality. Naipaul’s writing meditates on what this entails and its long-term effects on inward perceptions, both new and...Read more