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"When Bernard Stanley Hoyes paints…. we listen. Yes listen, because his work calls to our inner spirit, piercing spaces deep within, beckoning us to worlds and regions holy, sacred and sanctified. A creator of art, symbols and ancestral echoes, this Jamaican native possesses the power to make colors dance, leap, shout and vibrate on canvas. Ancient becomes contemporary, ceremony rings eternal and tradition manifests as revelation.

And so it is with Hoyes. His paintings call to us, speak to us, sing to us, whisper to us. The life force pulses through them.

On Sunday, December 7, 2002, Hoyes will host a rare opportunity to view and purchase from his collection. Old as well as new original works, including paintings, watercolors, serigraphs, etchings, posters and gifts will all be on display. TheArt Feast & Market will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 985 Westchester Place in Los Angeles. To RSVP call (323) 732-4601.

A true product of his environment, Hoyes' art pays significant homage to Jamaican revival culture and the "backyard" religions he knew as a child. As he mines the traditions of an old and complex culture, he lays it before us like a feast. His celebration of traditional African religions has found universal appeal however, stunning audiences worldwide with their depth-compelling lure. It is no wonder that Oprah Winfrey, Natalie Cole, Richard Pryor, Capitol Records and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture are all amongst his private collectors.

"My images stand as praise to our existence- past, present and future. My challenge is to master unique compositions of spiritual significance. I desire to visually engross the viewer through powerful expressive works. I paint from an intuitive point of view. During this process, the 'spirits take possession' and a ritual theme become dominant. I attained my insight through my Jamaican heritage. My paternal membership in the 'revival cults' provides clues as to why these paintings are perceived as authentic revelations, " cites Hoyes.

Hoyes' work is vividly displayed on his website, From his Rag Series, to the Revival Series, we can view evidence of a visionary who paints pictures that we hear.

"This is about reclamation. I don't plan my work; I just follow it around, " concludes Hoyes.

On December 7, we will have the opportunity to follow it as well!


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