Thursday, February 15, 2007

Night Stalker - A Graffiti Artist Revealed

We give so much and give it away so freely

It was an unexpected blessing for a street artist who wished for his work to be shown in a Art gallery, and what were the odds of this happening to a young homeless man responsible for a series of painted murals throughout Port of Spain.

It all began at the National Museum of Trinidad and Tobago and from a conversation with Charles Rowley, a visitor from the Arts Council of England. He and two colleagues were here on a mission to learn and export to the United Kingdom, the types of Carnival art practices from Trinidad and Tobago.

Mr. Rowley also explained his interest in graffiti and spoke of the stencil by Sabrina Charran, unaware of a prolific graffiti artist a few blocks away. So as an act of kindness, the bookman spontaneously took the visitors to a wall mural on upper Edward Street, and here is where fate intervened unexpectedly as graffiti artist suddenly appeared as a obscure shadow ranting in an unwelcoming manner.

Clinton Anthony Commings drawing of the Testament shown at the National Museum of Trinidad and Tobago

Clinton Anthony Commings is his name, and he approached the group with a Bad-John
attitude that made you think to yourself, Why the hell am I here, yet in his rant, he also admired the fact that people had come to see his work in the middle of the night.

Mr. Commings has been painting since he was eight and to the bookman he was not the artist suspected for the proliferation of it through out the Port of Spain. Yet, the average framed man was fully coherent and described his work as if he was giving a public lecture.

Insane or not, he is a artist who finds pleasure in painting covertly at night and his desire is that his work may one day in exhibited in a Art Gallery. So
for a brief moment, your wish was my command .

1 comment:

hef said...

I do graffiti in Trinidad as well and I really like the fact you took time to view this art style.


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