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Tons of talent

Teachers and students stopped for a photo opportunity with Jones.

Former student of the Deighton Griffith School, Romal Jones, is making his school proud through his works of art.

This afternoon two of his former art teachers, Wendy Lewis and Hazel Alleyne, along with some third, fourth and fifth formers visited his first exhibition and were very pleased with what they saw.

The artist, sculptor and illustrator, had his work on display at the Queen’s Park Gallery, located in Pelican Craft Village in the City.

The exhibition titled, Animal Testing comprises a set of life-sized animals which were combined to add some twist.

The Crocodilla resulted from the combination of a crocodile and gorilla. The Tipo was a mixture of a tiger and hippopotamus. A lizard added to an ostrich to make the Ostrizard.

Lewis, who is also Head of the Fine Arts department, told Barbados TODAY that Jones was one of her better arts students.

“When it came time for lunch Romal would be working on his art so we encouraged him to continue. When he went on to [Barbados] Community College he let us know and we pushed him when he won the award (The Central Bank Purchase Award for the Crop-Over Visual Exhibition 2010), he let us know also and we were very proud. We feel good to know we had a student who has excelled – it is really good, a product of the Deighton Griffith School,” she said with a smile.

The students who toured the exhibition seemed very impressed by the technique and precision of the pieces with many of them crowding and examining each piece judiciously. Some were not afraid either to question the artist about his inspiration and secret of making each piece.

Lewis further noted that they were several students among the group whom she believed had similar ability to continue in the Arts. She said one of the ways that the Kingsland, Christ Church school was fostering the creativity of the youngsters was through an Arts Club.

The club was started many years ago and it was based outside of the school’s curriculum to give them more opportunities to express themselves creatively, Lewis said. It has given rise to some students who did not even choose arts as an option or they did not believe they were good but who joined and excelled.

Jones, who said he was always a lover of animals, noted the response to his work has been extremely good. He has sold some pieces and people have been appreciative of the work.

“The response has been amazing; it has captured the imagination of the viewers. They were in awe of the technical aspect. I was able to create something different that people were excited about,” he said.

His future plans are to travel overseas to learn other techniques to improve his sculptural techniques and one day create more larger than life sculptures.

The display runs until tomorrow and today’s tour was a part of the school’s 21st anniversary celebrations. (KC)

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