Dominican artists headline Caribbean Fine Art Fair 2018

The two artists took part in the fair

Dominican brothers Gharan and Shadrach Burton represented Dominica at the 8th Caribbean Fine Art Fair held from March 7-11, 2018 at the Courtney Blackman Grand Salle Gallery & Annex, Tom Adams Financial Center, Spry Street, Bridgetown, Barbados.

This year the exhibition examined Caribbean expressions of loss, hope and restoration, exploring the value of reminiscence.

The fair exhibited art from 40 of the Caribbean’s most prodigious artists.

Gharan Burton is an academically trained artist who resides in the US most of the year but spends winter months in the Caribbean. Born and raised in Dominica, Gharan attended college in the US where his studies focused mostly on painting and sculpture. He enjoys painting the figure, still lives, landscapes and abstract experimental works. Vibrant colors inspired by his island upbringing, dominate Gharan’s paintings.

He also employs various techniques of pigment application and layering in order to create texture in his work. A true renaissance man at heart, Gharan is also currently a landscaper, in the upstate NY region of Plattsburgh

Shadrach Burton is a visual artist from Wotten Waven, Dominica and his art collection currently dates back to 1994. After being introduced to Earl Etienne and Ellingsworth Moses in the year 2000, he was participating in exhibitions at the age of 13 and has since stacked up over 50 exhibitions including 6 solo art shows.

He recently graduated with a master’s degree in fine art after studying for seven years in Hangzhou, China. Before going to pursue studies in China, in 2007, Shadrach majored in Biology and Physics and even taught high school biology for 3 years. He currently produces art using a style that is influenced by nature, music, pop culture, social commentary and his odd sense of humor.

This year, was the brothers third time representing Dominica and although he could not attend, the work of Dominican Artist Earl Etienne was also brought to display. Dominican photographer Kervin George also attended the event.

The work of Shadrach Burton headlined the event and was also chosen to be used on the flyers, posters, brochures, banners and other visual displays.

Executive Director of CaFA, Anderson Pilgrim, maintained that the Caribbean should not forget the fortitude that avails as a result of the devastating effects of climate change on small island systems. He also reflected that Burton’s pieces are characteristic of what the region has been through.

The art fair boasts a tradition of introducing new elements each year and 2018 is not an exception; CaFA exhibited works from Barbados’ secondary schools, giving young artists a taste of the limelight.

CaFA Fair is planned and produced by a team whose aggregated experience in fine art totals over 100 years and is supported by business such as Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. COT Media Group, The National Cultural Foundation, Intimate Hotels of Barbados, Onomatopoeia and McEnearney Quality Inc.

The Dominican artists paid their own airline tickets and accommodations but are always looking for sponsorship as they represent Dominica’s artistic talent through this event.

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  1. Abigail
    March 27, 2018

    Nice work brothers

  2. Excellence
    March 22, 2018

    I dont mind saving up to purchase a piece…when I return home. Do they have a gallery in town? I would be happy to have local art on my wall.

  3. World's Moistest Jheri Curl
    March 22, 2018

    Why did DominicaNewsOnline feel the need to plagiarize?

    ADMIN: The information provided to us came in the press release. Sometimes, media outlets may have the same or similar information due to it being from the same press release.

  4. Fran
    March 21, 2018


    FYI this character limit is so bizarre.

  5. Unknown
    March 21, 2018

    Congrats Gentlemen, the sky is the limit. Keep up the good work

  6. Ray
    March 21, 2018

    Congratulations young men.
    This is excellent and the type of news we need to read about from our young dominicans.
    Young dominicans live up to these good examples. Demonstrate your talents and skills.
    God bless Dominica.

  7. destinee
    March 21, 2018

    now there’s something to talk about and spread. congratulations to these two brothers. i love reading these stories. hope you guys get the sponsorships and encouragement you need to go even further with your art. blessings

  8. Tony
    March 21, 2018

    Hello and good afternoon my people. First I want to congratulate both men for representing our country and show casing their abilities. I have paintings from Mr Moses and Mr Etienne but I would like to know if the brothers have a studio in Dominica where I can purchase their paintings when I visit later this year.

    • sdcb
      March 21, 2018

      upperwotten waven, Paradise art gallery

      • Tony
        March 22, 2018


        Hello and good morning my people from a snowy New York City. Thanks for the information and location of their Art Gallery and I will visit them later this year when I come home.

      • prophet for a profit
        March 22, 2018

        take a right after Tia’s and keep going up

  9. prophet for a profit
    March 21, 2018

    Respect Gharan. Respect Shadrach.

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