Visit Alvaro #Barrington's exhibition 'A Taste of Chocolate' in the London Gallery, running till 16 June 2018.
Using materials including textiles, painting, mixed media, drawing, photography and print, his intimate compositions focus on single subjects in close-up: flowers, vegetation, facial expressions and body parts. Recurring motifs such as the hibiscus, the national flower of Jamaica that can be found ‘all over the Caribbean’ or phallic symbols, are often inspired by the works of others, highlighting the importance of dialogue in Barrington’s work.
@alvarobarrington ‘s use of #burlap to make painting canvas, instead of the traditional cotton, stems from his observation of cacao production in Barbados, where beans are packed in burlap bags as part of the #chocolate making process. This innovative use of material is one of the inspirations behind the exhibition's title.