Mid Century Modness: Llewellyn Xavier Paintings

Llewllyn Xavier "Buildings" 1975

Whilst visiting Mr. Andrew’s mum the weekend before last, her man, Stan, asked me to help him research some paintings that he had purchased while living in the Bahamas in 1975. Turns out they are my an artist from St. Lucia named Llewellyn Xavier, who is a very prominent Caribbean artist, with works in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian Institution and the Art Gallery of Ontario. He is also one of the founders of the Mail Art movement.

Llewellyn Xavier "Boats III", 1975

Llewellyn Xavier "Boats III", 1975

As you can see, this work has a calm-serene David Hockney-esque vibe. Interestingly enough, Xavier’s work took an edgier turn after a stay in Toronto where he produced a portfolio of pen and ink drawings called “Toronto Nightlife.” And after that, he briefly joined a monastery. I was very pleased not only to get a chance to look at such beautiful paintings up close, I’m thankful to Stan for introducing me to the work of Llewellyn Xavier.