Pride Soaring




The Kings of the four seasons by Marcella Muhammad




    Hamilton, Bermuda, April 27, 2005 Internationally-acclaimed Sharon Wilson, one of  Bermuda’s most popular living artists, is the focus of the Bermuda National Gallery’s Summer Exhibitions which open on April 30. Ordinary People, Extraordinary Art is her first major show at the BNG since her 1992 Retrospective and will feature 18 of her pieces from the early 1980s to 2004, including some works exhibited publicly for the first time.

    Sharon Wilson’s work has been described as speaking “the universal language of the human spirit” and as that of a master storyteller eavesdropping on a distinctly Bermudian way of life. In doing so, Wilson endows her ordinary and predominantly black subjects with a power and dignity. She recalls growing up “without mirrors which reflected a black child with hopes and dreams” and in offering affirmative images, she is able to heal her own wounds. Her subjects are people she knows and she illustrates them subjectively, primarily in a social context, condensing into one frame the mood and flavour of an intimate exchange, a moment of joy, always with an overriding sense of the everyday.