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PARAMARIBO–Artist Marcel Pinas features in a rebirth expo of at Beddington Fine Art in the south of France, which opens on February 25th. Pinas who will display paintings and installations in his “Back to the Roots”, expo, will feature together with Laurence Simode Fronzon, who will display sculptures and ceramics.
Announcing the expo, the gallery writes that Fronzon’s work complements that of Marcel Pinas fittingly. “The outstanding and graceful ceramic and steel sculptures of Laurence Simode Fronzon, too, are totemic, and in great part inspired by the Dark Continent and express her conviction that we are all shaped by memories and experiences.”
Beddington Fine Art is a former silk factory’s Art Gallery that since last year October has seen a “renaissance”, stepping up its previous artistic aims and offering 200 m2 of breathtaking contemporary art space for emerging and established artists in a magnificent listed heritage building. The gallery’s opening show ‘Signes’ draws to a close on February 18th, after which the renaissance moves onwards from March 2012 with exhibitions by internationally established artists.
Pinas is highly acclaimed in Suriname, named young global ambassador for culture in 2010, and honored by Queen Beatrix by opening his Amsterdam sculpture exhibition in March 2011. The gallery writes: “His paintings, sculptures and Land Art and the Cultural Centre he has created in Moengo, the village in District Marowijne he is from, safeguard against the otherwise inevitable destruction of their historic links to Africa and give a new cultural confidence to a younger generation humbled by civil war and polluted by gold mine exploitation. His canvases display a marvellous and rich colour sense allied to a complexity of geometric forms subtly embellished with the esoteric messages contained in the Afaka script, a native phonetic alphabet invented around 1900, and re-discovered by researchers in the 1960s.”