Visual icon Bernard Stanley Hoyes wowed an enthusiastic house recently with his “Seven Paintings, a Story in Performance” at the Ford Amphitheatre. Included as part of the venue’s ever-popular dance series, Hoyes’ production proved to be magical as his art literally jumped off the canvas and came to life in an interdisciplinary materialization that included dance, music and song! Presented by Bernard Hoyes’ Caribbean Fine Arts Publishing and the Jamaica Cultural Alliance, “Seven Paintings” served as a fitting tribute commemorating the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence.
“Seven Paintings” serialized a story of ambition and redemption featuring art selections from Hoyes’ popular Revival Series, the choreography of Pat Taylor with her Jazzantiqua Dance Ensemble, drumming in the Yoruba/ Nyabengi tradition from the Kabasa Drum Ensemble and the “Tambourine Chorus.”
“This evening will always hold a special place in my heart,” reveals Hoyes. “I couldn’t have done it alone and am thankful to every single individual that lent their energy to the manifestation of this most wondrous night! It’s not many artists that live to see their art actually come to life on stage. I am humbled by the experience.”
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Hoyes’ recognition and affirmation of traditional African religion and spirituality has continuously garnered international attention stunning audiences worldwide. Oprah Winfrey, Natalie Cole, Steve Harvey, Keenan Ivory Wayans and the National Urban League are among his collectors. Selections of Hoyes’ work have been featured in several television shows, including the Showtime hit series, “Dexter” and movies including Chris Rock’s “I Think I Love My Wife.” President Barack Obama has even been photographed in front of his work.