Llewellyn Xavier, Saint Lucia’s pre-eminent artist, was born on the island in 1945. In 1961, he was working as an agricultural apprentice when a friend gave him a box of watercolour paints. This event marked the beginning of Xavier’s lifelong passion for using art to express his view of the world around him, and he went on to hone his talent at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. Xavier’s work has taken him from the Caribbean to the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada where he gained a significant following and where his work has become a part of both public and private collections.
In 2004, Llewellyn Xavier was made a member of the Order of the British Empire in recognition for his contribution to art. He is the president and founder of the Saint Lucia Sculpture Park project, and also a founding member of the Saint Lucia Environment Development Awareness Council as well as a life member of the Art Gallery of Ontario.
His paintings are prized by international collectors in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, and his work is represented in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum London.
“Llewellyn is one of the greatest artists ever to emerge from the Caribbean and we are honored to be collaborating with him on this very exciting selling exhibition,” said Edward Dolman, Chief Executive Officer of Phillips. “He endures as a dynamic voice in the dialogue between the forces of globalization and localism, heightening the awareness of culture in all corners of the world.”