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Immerse Yourself in Indigenous Heritage Art at Castellini House

by Chantel DaCosta Sep 10, 2019

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The National Gallery of Art is showcasing paintings and sculptures in honour of Indigenous Heritage Month. The exhibition, ‘The Moving Circle of Artists Retrospective 1988-2019 opened on Saturday 7 September 2019 at  Castellani House.

The Moving Circle of Artists (MCA) is a collective of Guyanese indigenous painters, sculptors, and mixed media artists.

The art show is in honour of George Simon. Simon is one of Guyana’s most outstanding members and mentors of the MCA. He was born on 23 April 1947 in Pakuri, Demerara-Mahaica (Region 4).

After he completed his secondary education at Christ Church in Georgetown,  Simon enrolled in the fine arts degree programme at the University of Portsmouth, UK in 1978. And, in 1994 he obtained a masters degree in archaeology from the University College, London.

Simon’s art career began in 1985 with his first exposition on the Wai Wai first people. He also produced an Essequibo series of paintings. Simon’s paintings feature soft tones with subtle symbolism that invoke indigenous culture, myths and spirituality.

Paintings by George Simon

The exhibition also features MAC artists, Oswald Hussein, Sheliza Rampersaud,  Wilkey George, Ransford Simon, and Roland Taylor. 

The show was curated by Ohene Koama and continues until 28 September 2019. The exhibition is one of a series of cultural activities to celebrate the 2019 Indigenous Heritage Month.