It was only a few minutes after 6pm, yet there was already a crowd at the venue. As I approached the entrance a smiling face greeted me and directed me inside, where another usher welcomed me and pointed the way into the main exhibition space. I smiled to myself, they had no idea that not only did I already know my way around the space, but I was there a week before helping to paint and prepare it for this very exhibition. As I rounded the corner and entered the main exhibition room the work greeted me; large, bold, beautiful pieces. I have been a fan of Kenwyn's work for many years and it was satisfying to see his hard work and effort on display for the public to see and appreciate. As I walked around I saw faces in the crowd that seemed somehow familiar; where had I seen these people before? Only to look no further than the hanging canvases and realise that the very same angels Kenwyn had painted were walking around the same room as I was. Kenwyn has managed to create a little piece of heaven at #19 Alcazar Street.
The event was well attended and people seemed genuinely impressed with what they saw. Some people stood together in front paintings carrying on discussions, while others stood silently in thought as they pondered the answer to the question placed before them on a small slip of paper; Which piece is your favourite? A few, with cellphones in hand, snapped photos of Kenwyn's Angels no doubt to #portraitofanangel on Instagram or Twitter. There were even a few children in attendance flitting about with their respective parents or guardians in hot pursuit. I spent some time with an old friend who came with her family and energetic three year old son. As we stood in a smaller room with a few more pieces she reached out and grabbed his hand as he tried to run past us; "Oh gosh he have meh tired," she said with a smile as she picked him up. We stood in front of a framed charcoal piece of her and her son, "when we came in just now he said 'mommy look me! Mommy look me!'"
Kenwyn has done something special with this body of work. How many people can say they have a painted portrait of themselves or even a drawing in their likeness? In the age of technology, digital photography and selfie sticks, Kenwyn's Angels stand out as something of great importance; his work represents us as Caribbean people in a light that we are usually not accustomed to seeing or experiencing. Everyone should come, take a walk among the angels and experience the beauty and power of the work.