Hampton Art Lovers Opens New Exhibition for African American Art in Miami

Committed to celebrating and promoting diverse cultural roots through the arts and culture activities, and by promoting African American and Caribbean artistic talent, Hampton Art Lovers (HAL) once again will open another exhibition September 27, 2019, at the Historic Ward Rooming House (249 Northwest 9th Street Miami, FL, 33136). “Awakening” is the solo exhibition of works by Jamaican artist Basil Barrington Watson, features sculptures and sketches by him. The Southeast Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment CRA (SEOPW) is the sponsor for the show. The gallery hours are daily 11am-6pm, Wednesday through Saturday. Private showings can be made by here.

We caught up with artist Basil Barrington Watson to find out what inspires him on his artistic journey.

What’s integral to the work of an artist?

Artists create from different places within, but for me, it is my sense of observation. My curiosity and fascination with the world around me, especially people, drives me to look and eventually see more and understand more. For me, it is definitely my sense of observation.

What role does the artist have in society?

Different societies may ascribe different roles to the artist as well as artists may ascribe different roles to themselves. Art touches every aspect of our lives, is so wide and open, leaving room for all find room to contribute.

On the whole, the artist’s role in society is bringing the simple and ordinary to the fore and highlighting it all as extraordinary, stimulating the mind to see and understand the world a little deeper.

What themes do you pursue?