This exhibition celebrates St. George’s unique place in Bermuda’s historic, contemporary and artistic landscape. In the 20th century, Bermuda became a popular destination for overseas artists who were drawn to the island’s special quality of light, awe-inspiring beauty and pleasant, if not perfect, winter weather. During their sojourn, many artists were drawn to St. George’s for its distinct character, quaint streets and picturesque views.
The Town of St. George, which was founded in 1612, is the oldest continuously inhabited colonial town in the New World. It was the island’s first capital, a title which it held until 1815. The town retained its historic significance and continues to be recognised for its authentic character today. In 2000, the Historic Town of St. George and its Related Fortifications – which includes Castle Island, featured in this exhibition – became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, receiving global recognition for its ‘outstanding universal value’.
The range of styles and scenes in this exhibition offers an original perspective on life in St. George’s in the 20th century. George Ault’s spare modernist style and David Putnam Brinley’s bold flattened shapes depicting vernacular architecture are complimented by Norman Black and Clarence Scott White’s light infused canvases, which capture the tranquillity of the town’s lovely lanes. Donald Kirkpatrick’s depiction of a group exploring the Unfinished Church and Emma Macrae’s Sunday scene at St. Peter’s Church highlight landmark sights, which are emblematic of St. George’s historical significance and architectural beauty. The rich array of artworks encapsulates the charm, picturesque views and leisurely air which continue to characterise St. George’s today.
This exhibition, which was curated by Alice Moniz as part of the Bermuda National Gallery’s internship programme, is on display in the Ondaatje Wing through to May 28. For more information about the internship programme and other opportunities here at BNG please visit our Education page.