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Michelle Tappin-Davis is a mixed media visual artist, born in Trinidad and Tobago. Her work is a reflection of the warm vibrancy of the Caribbean. Bold colour fills her canvases in a style that has transitioned from the minute details of realism to the rhythmic strokes of Impressionism. Traditionally, Michelle’s work has been inspired by the physical and cultural landscape of her homeland including its people. However she has always woven subtle narratives in her work. In her current paintings, this metaphorical aspect is more pronounced and shall likely grow louder as her work continues to evolve.
Acrylic on canvas
The usual definition of the term “ watermark” is a demarcation of the height to which water rises or has risen. It can also be used metaphorically to mark a high point which cannot be sustained consistently but to which one constantly strives. In this painting, three men are huddled on the beach as the waves ebb and flow, leaving tracks on the sand…. and they gaze searching towards the horizon…..reminding me of the Three Wise Men in the New Testament of the Bible who likewise, must have huddled and gazed across the desert sands…..seeking and finding…...such is the Watermark Moment
|| 2017 || 20"x20" || signed print
My inspiration was the yellow bowl, contrasting with the vibrant red of the apples. I was fascinated by all the reflective surfaces in this piece and wanted to capture them all faithfully. The title playfully alludes to the black woman on the cover of the magazine
2020 || 2021 || 16"x20" || acrylic on stretched canvas
A Hidden Place on Colibri Estate, Santa Cruz, Trinidad || 2021 || 2.5"X6" || Acrylic on stretched canvas
Jus' Do It
Fortunate favours the brave so take make that leap of faith and go after your dreams || 2018 || 18"x24' || acrylic
Acrylic on stretched canvas
Painted during a live performance by belly dancer, Nalini Akal, of a Middle Eastern Village dance
2021 || || 18"x24" || acrylic on stretched canvas
J'ouvert Monday Morning ....the Dawn before the annual CARNIVAL STREET PARTY that would overflow to Tuesday and end at Midnight || undefined || undefined || undefined
This painting portrays Mary, the Mother of Christ,Triumphant as Queen of Heaven, crushing the head
of the serpent. She stands radiant and resplendent, crowned with twelve stars. Her right hand grips a
two-edged sword, The Word of God that cuts to the Heart of Men. In her left hand she cradles The
Sacred Heart of Jesus, crowned with thorns. || 2021 || 18"x24" || acrylic and liquid gold
Digging For Sand
Some people spend their lives searching for the very thing that is in front of them. This is especially common on an interpersonal level as well as on a national level.
National Heritage Collection, Shaw Park Complex, Scarborough, Tobago || 2011 || 18"x24" || print
Home For Christmas
During the Pandemic, many people in the Diaspora yearned to return to their families in the Caribbean to visit for Christmas while their relatives in the Caribbean enjoyed quality time within their own households during the lockdown, as shown in this painting || 2020 || 5"x7" || acrylic on stretched canvas
A couple embraces tenderly sheltered beneath the protective boughs of a shady tree, as though hiding from the glare of prying eyes.
2011 || 2011 || 16"x20" || acrylic on canvas
I have always admired the Sailor Bands at Carnival time in my homeland, Trinidad and have tried to capture the atmosphere of pulsating music, the air heavy with talcum powder and the rhythmic shuffle and sway of the sailor dancers. || 2015 || 18"X24" ||
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