“Unknown Colson. Caribbean Reunion” It is an unmissable exhibition that is exhibited in the Banreservas Cultural Center.
The exhibition brings together a selection of drawings and paintings by James Colson that are part of the collection of works of the Bellapart Museum.
Around 18 paintings and 18 drawings, including several works corresponding to his Haitian series, recognized by the critics of art as one of the highlights of his work, make up the individual.
In addition to appreciating the small and medium format pieces, the public that attends the Ada Balcácer exhibition hall of the Banreservas Cultural Centeron Calle Isabel la Católica #202, Ciudad Colonial, you can participate in the activities that will take place for two months with interesting meetings, workshops and screenings that address different analyzes of the work of the famous painter from the “Bride of the Atlantic”, Puerto Plata.
The late artist’s work has been praised over the decades for highlighting Afro-Caribbean culture with great beauty and intensity.
In this sense, this Wednesday, June 22, the tour guided by the facilitator was held at 6:00 in the afternoon Myrna Guerrero Villalonacurator of the sample.
And at 7:00 at night, personalities from the art and culture spoke at “Intimate Colson. Conversation with relatives and close“.
Marina Grisolía, Juan Miguel Grisolía and Amable Sterling participated in the meeting, who told unpublished details of the life of this outstanding artist from Puerto Plata.
The cultural agenda continues on Thursday, July 7 at 7:00 pm The conversational “The Colsonian School”, with disciples from various generations and with guests Rosa Tavárez, José Perdomo, Juan Medina and Said Musa.
For Saturday, July 16 at 10:30 in the morning, the guided tour with the curator Myrna Guerrero is repeated.
While on July 27 at 7:00 p.m. the conference “Blackness as a symbolic component in the painting of James Colson“, by the critic and curator Abil Peralta Agüero.
On Saturday July 30 at 2:00 pm you can attend the children’s workshop “Recreate the work of James Colson” by the facilitator Leticia Ceballos.
more than sample
At the inauguration at the beginning of the month, Banreservas Culture Manager, Mijaíl Peralta, highlighted that, with this exhibition, the financial entity continues its commitment to support arts and culture in the country.
Francisco Elías, deputy administrator of Subsidiary Companies of Banreservas, stressed that this exhibition represents a cultural milestone of great importance, because it contributes to the dissemination of a vigorous creative stage of the author, corresponding to the 1950s, highlighting Afro-Caribbean culture with great beauty and intensity. .
He indicated that 2022 marks the 14th anniversary of the artist’s last individual exhibition in the Dominican Republic, and that it is the first time that these works are exhibited as a unitary and representative set of “Colsonian” production during the 1950s. .
of his career
James Colson was born in Puerto Playa on January 13, 1901 with the name of Jaime Antonio Gumercindo González Colson.
He died in Santo Domingo on November 20, 1975 and buried in the municipal cemetery of his hometown of Puerto Plata.
Son of Antonio González, a Spanish merchant, and Juana María Colson Tradwell, a Dominican woman of European American descent. According to the portal www.jaimecolson.com, since her childhood, she was “getting used to changing pastures, since her family, although not poor, was always from one place to another.”
His adolescence was extremely hectic and his artistic preparation was assumed “wandering through various cities of eternal Europe.”
In 1918, at the age of 17, he moved to Spain. In Barcelona, he studied preparatory drawing at La Lonja, where the Barcelona School of Fine Arts was located, having as tutors the artist from Córdoba Julio Romero de Torres, the Valencian Cecilio Plá and as a teacher, among others, the elderly Pedro Carbonell, author of the Monument to Columbus, Santo Domingo.
In 1923 he exhibited at the Madrid Autumn Salon; Between the years 1934-1938 he moved to Mexico. In 1935 he exhibited together with Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Rufino Tamayo at the opening of the Galería de Art.
In 1937, he obtained the Honor Award at the Estampas de América Exhibition, held in Mexico.
In the year 1938 James Colson He returns to Santo Domingo and exhibits for the first time in his country, at the Dominican Athenaeum, a total of 16 works, nine oil paintings, three gouaches, two ducos, a pen and a pencil.
In 1957 he won the First Prize for Drawing at the VIII Biennial of Santo Domingo. Later, in 1960, she received the First Prize for Drawing at the X Santo Domingo Biennial.
For the 1960s, specifically in 1962, he was appointed director of the School of Mural Painting at the National School of Fine Arts. Where he had as students Candido Bidó, Amable Sterling, Norberto Santana, Leopoldo Pérez and Ramírez Conde, among others.
In 1969 the second appointment as General Director of Fine Arts took place.
In that year was the last exhibition inaugurated on February 17, 1973 in the Sala de Art Mary Rose. The sample consisted of 33 paintings, 41 framed drawings and 49 in a folder.
November 20, 1975 James Colson He died of pulmonary edema in Santo Domingo, at the age of 74.
The portal artisticord.com, when reviewing his career, highlights that he was a modernist painter from the Dominican Republic. Along with Yoryi Morel and Darío Suro, he is considered one of the founders of the modernist school of Dominican painting.