February 08-February 26, 2005 - “Dialogue” Haitian and Nigerian Artist Works on Exhibit in Manhattan

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On February 8 2005, works by Haitian Master Artist, Guerdy Jacques Preval and Nigerian Metal Sculptor, Osamede Obazee will be on display at Gelabert Studios Gallery, located at 255 West 86th Street, in Manhattan.

On February 8 2005, works by Haitian Master Artist, Guerdy Jacques Preval and Nigerian Metal Sculptor, Osamede Obazee will be on display at Gelabert Studios Gallery, located at 255 West 86th Street, in Manhattan.

Mr. Preval, currently residing in Canada, has exhibited worldwide. Collectors of his paintings include the Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Guerdy Jacques Preval, is one of Haiti’s most important painters. The themes that dominate his paintings range from the echoes of national identity to the sensuality of women. His paintings easily transport his audiences to a world of imagination. His expressionistic style is robust and dominated by a mastery of primary colors and light. There is a strong rhythmic and lyrical quality that unites his subject matter. His broad range extends from the pure figurative to the surreal, semi-figurative to the abstract. Nowhere is there any hint of another influence—he shows a freedom and assurance to be his own master.

Osamede Obazee’s sculptural pieces are in many major private collections throughout Africa and Europe. This Nigerian sculptor is one of today’s leading proponents of contemporary African sculpture. His majestic, large-scale pieces created from recycled scrap and wrought irons are a fusion of his tribal (Benin Edo) roots with classical and modern art. His works epitomizes symmetry, balance and recognizable forms that reflect the aesthetic of his traditional roots. Whether rendered in a realistic or abstract style using welded metal, all his work focuses on the three-dimensional figures of the ancient Benin Kingdom. His sculptures are filled with intricate detail and expressive fluidity, which reflect their rich cultural symbolism and Obazee’s mastery of his medium.

This exhibit is mounted by a Bronx based non-profit organization, E.M.I.E Cultural Arts Council, Inc. An organization that is dedicated to promoting "Everything Motivational, Inspirational and Educational" in African cultural art. The name E.M.I.E was coined with this basic and important principle in mind. According to Artistic Director, Maia Uzamere, “ E.M.I.E aims to promote art with themes that help motivate inspire and educate audiences within and outside New York. The organization will use its proceeds to promote other artists of African descent by exhibiting their artworks, offering studio space and providing them with much needed source of support.”

Gallery hours at the Gelabert Studios are Tuesday through Saturday from 1:00PM to 6:00PM. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2004 from 4:00PM to 9:00PM. These works will be on display in New York for three weeks, will travel to Ohio in the spring and to Europe in the fall.

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