The paintings and sculpture work of Guyanese artist Kwesi Bovell are composed of abstract chromatic juxtapositions, tension-laden compositions, and notable spatial elements that elevate his work to a new level of expressionism. Combining a close attention to line and form with a “graffiti” approach to painting in his canvas work, Bovell creates dynamic pieces full of meaning in a style reminiscent of Warhol’s Pop Art of the early 1960s, but with an expanded level of intensity and a decidedly post-modernist bent. Colors add emotive aspects, drawing the viewer’s attention and introducing new layers of meaning into the already heavily symbolic work.
One thing that makes Bovell’s work so unique is the cross-cultural perspective he infuses into each two-dimensional and three-dimensional piece. Much of this comes from time spent in his native Guyana, three years in Africa, multiple years in the British Virgin Islands, and extensive time traveling. The freeness of Bovell’s style combined with his worldly approach to the human experience enables him to “breathe a breath of new life into the ever-changing art scene.”