Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Giving creative expression to his experiences and understanding of cross-cultural similarities between India and his country, Jamaican artist Bryan Duncan has come up with a series of paintings influenced by his stay in the country.

Having been awarded a Fellowship by the Commonwealth Arts Foundation in the United Kingdom, Bryan is now on a four-month residency at Sanskriti Foundation here in the Capital.

This series of paintings reflects Bryan's perception of the challenges faced by individuals in a developing country like India. Coming from a different country has not prejudiced Bryan in any way, as he has found many commonalities that he feels are intrinsic to any developing nation. Using eco-friendly materials in his works, he has represented the challenges faced by the minorities and the middle class in the country. Issues such as unemployment, effects of an ever-growing population, and the problems faced by women have influenced the artist's present series.

"It is my belief that through greater understanding of life experiences, man is able to develop better as a socially intellectual being. In developing countries like India and Jamaica, there are similarities in the challenges that people face, and I aim to focus on some of them. It is by awakening the conscience that we are able to encourage positive action," says Bryan about the inspiration behind his works.

A graduate from Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica, Bryan is the recipient of an art scholarship and quite a few national cultural awards. At present he is a practising artist and art teacher in Jamaica.

Bryan's unique series of art works is to be displayed at an exhibition, titled "India as Expressed'', being organised in New Delhi by Sanskriti Foundation and India Habitat Centre. The four-day exhibition will begin at the Experimental Art Gallery of India Habitat Centre on June 21.