The Swimmer, 1993
Derek Walcott’s watercolours are well known to his readers–they often decorate the dust jackets of his books. The first New York show of his paintings runs from Friday 18 November to Friday 30 December, at the June Kelly Gallery (591 Broadway, SoHo).
How does Walcott translate his words to paintings? He once wrote: "I approach every canvas with a pompous piety, faithful to the lines of the drawing, a devotion transferred from a different servitude, to lines of poetry proceeding by a systematic scansion, brushstroke and word."
(Read two reviews of Walcott’s most recent book, The Prodigal: Edward Baugh’s, from the February 2005 issue of The Caribbean Review of Books; and Nicholas Laughlin’s, from the March/April 2005 issue of Caribbean Beat.)