Alleyne creates Disequilibrium at UWI

By Aaliyah Cunningham
Observer writer
aaliyahc@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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'My wife encouraged me to put this show together because she was running out of space to put my pieces,” said economist Dr Dillon Alleyne at the launch of Disequilibrium, his art exhibition, held last Tuesday evening at The University of the West Indies' Regional Headquarters Building.

Born in Guyana, Alleyne said he received little support from his parents in becoming a full-time artist. He believes that if his father, who was a painter, were alive, he would be proud of his work.

“I always drew and painted, as far as I remember, but I came up at a time where it wasn't seen as a serious occupation. While my parents encouraged me, they hoped that I would not take it up full-time. After I left high school and entered university, I sort of abandoned art. I never really drew much, but when I got married my wife was always framing everything I did. Ten years ago I went to Port of Spain to live and it sort of came back to me in a fulsome way. I never looked back since,” Alleyne told the Jamaica Observer.

Still, he managed to fuse his love for art and economics. This led to Disequilibrium becoming the name of his exhibit.

“I am an economist by training and my son (who is in the arts) felt that 'Disequilibrium' would be good, because economists always study equilibrium conditions. So being an economist, a scientist and being in the arts, it is a kind of disequilibrium in the minds of some people, 'cause you should stick to the sciences or the arts. That was the tension that was brought out by this concept,” he said.

The 30-piece collection depicts Caribbean sceneries. Alleyne describes himself as a contemporary-realist which explains the lifelike quality of his work.

“I travel across the Caribbean. It is in that travel that I see scenes and events that strike me which I want to record, which I want to put to canvas. It's a variety of impulses looking at the Caribbean experience — whether it is travelling by boat, whether it's the man on his donkey, or a religious ceremony — a range of experiences,” he said.

His favourite pieces from the collection include: Mending Nets — painting of fishermen hard at work; Shouters — depiction of a religious ceremony along a river bank; and A Man and His Donkey — a smiling Rastafarian travelling the streets on his donkey.

This was Alleyne's first exhibition. He intends to have more by the end of next year after he accumulates more paintings. As the small group at the exhibition assessed details of his paintings, they gave nods of approval.

“I am very proud because so many people have come up to me and said they liked the work and that to me is very important, because at the end of the day, it's the public that validates your work — and the fact that people like aspects of it, I am pleased,” he said.


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