Joseph Bacchus – inspirational artist

By Victor Laptiste

Joseph Bacchus, aka Joe B, is a veteran self-taught artist who has been producing a wide range of quality artistic work for over four decades.

He has never taken a Course in the Arts but for him carving has been a lifelong calling. He has always been inspired by a divine presence and sees his work as a contribution to the art community.

He has lost count of the number of significant pieces that he has created in sculpting and carving but estimates that he has produced well over one thousand pieces over the years.

In addition to the wooden carvings and sculptures he produces earrings, bangles, necklaces, leather caps, belts, purses, sandals, acrylic paintings on canvas, airbrush painting and many other creations. He does not follow a pattern or make a stencil but cuts free-hand. He says: "I see things in my own eyes ……… my pictures transmit a message; it is not just a scenery or a landscape."

Some of his masterpieces are carvings of The Last Supper, Daniel in the Lion's Den, Lord Kitchener, Mahatma Gandhi, Uriah Butler, Dr Eric Williams, Brian Lara and an abstract mahogany carving entitled 'The Struggle' which he created in 1970 and gave to his mother as a gift. Most of the wood he uses are red and white cedar, mahogany and cypress.

Last year some of his work was featured as part of a four-month exhibition titled Mudcloth Madness at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California; his work was also on the cover of N Magazine in California.

During the month of December 2011 several of his pieces were on display at the National Museum and Art Gallery as part of the exposition of the Tobago Visual Arts Association.

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Mechthild Huss said on Monday, Jul 16 at 3:15 PM

Joseph is a great artist and a big personality. I have the pleasure of owning pieces of his art in my home in Sweden and enjoy them every day.

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