“Carnival Masquerade” By Bernard Stanley Hoyes Serigraph 60 colors 199 edition, size 30×40” 50% off
Carnival masquerade is Africa, Europe and Asia marching down a main street in costumes of the ultimate symbols of liberation. Every man surging together up out of centuries of displacement. It defines cultural boundaries as well as boundaries of the imagination. It cries of cultural magnitude and vibrancy of the human spirit. “The Image was resolved in 60 colors printed on Stonehenge 320 G. 100% rag paper. Image size 24×36″, Paper size 30×40”. Signed and numbered by the Artist. Limited to 199 with 25 artist proofs and 25 printers proofs. embossed authenticity stamp on each print. Certificates available with each print.
The Original Painting “Carnival Masquerade” Oils on Canvas, 40×60″ is from the Personage series. Rearly shown series on the influence of the Great African Spirits that transit the Middle Passage, and have survived in the transcendent Souls of All African descendent. The series deals with the vision and imagery of indelible Classical African Civilizations that have shaped Black cultures throughout the Americas. Rendered in a synthesis of the great Cuban Artist, Wilfredo Lam’s and Mexican Modernist Rufino Tamayo’s iconography. Hoyes has advance a Visual Voice as a Chorus in the Art Wilderness. This Serigraph was inspired by the Original image. Publish by Caribbean Fine Arts Publishing, and Produce at Samper Silkscreen in Los Angeles. 1996
One of the traditional costumes, this one is called “Cow Head” is worn during the Junkanoo Street parade in Jamaica during the Christmas Seasons. Boxing Day,is a British holiday, the day after christmas. Its is celebrated with much festivity and Parades. The Fear of the “Junkanoo Band” was the highlight of the parade for Children. I remember being chased into my yard, by one of these members, all the way in my house, under my bed. Haven,t been scared of anything since. it is tied to West African origins, as the costumes and conduct of the masqueraders bear similarities with the Yoruba Egun festivals. It is believed that this Celebration began during the 16th and 17th centuries in the British Colonies. The slaves were given a special holiday around Christmas time when they would be able to leave the plantations to be with their family and celebrate the holidays with African dance, music, and costumes. After emancipation, this tradition continued, and Junkanoo has evolved from its simple origins to a formal, more organized parade with sophisticated, intricate costumes, themed music and incentive prizes. Of course, we all are familiar with the Great masquerade Festivals that is Celebrated in Trinidad.