A passion for canvas detail

Festival Of Creative Arts (NIFCA), capturing several awards. He has also displayed and sold some of his work in other countries, including Trinidad, Britain and the United States.

Victor tried plying his trade in the northern town of Speightstown before “but it didn’t work out” and he was forced to return to his home.

“I didn’t meet enough people like I thought I would have,” he said.

Victor says he currently goes to various spots across the island to get his work sold, including Dover, Christ Church,
on Saturdays; Bridgetown Market during the Crop Over season; at the Holetown Festival; and at the St James Parish Church when it has its garden party.

He gets some help from his brother in selling the paintings in St George mostly on Saturdays and at Holders Farmers Market on Sundays.

He sources most of the items he needs for his paintings locally, and those he is unable to get here he imports.

Victor Collector going through some of his prints.
Victor Collector going through some of his prints.

Asked to share his thoughts on the current local business environment, especially for the visual arts, the entrepreneur simply said: “Things’re very slow. You have to keep fighting on; but things really slow right now.”

Saying he wanted Barbadians to be more appreciative of art, Victor said he recently applied to the Ministry of Culture to access incentives under the recently amended Cultural Industries Development Act. Under that act, practitioners in the creative industry could take advantage of duty-free concessions, income tax benefits for projects and funding. Other benefits include tax allowances and exemptions on cultural initiatives and incentives for heritage and conservation activities.

Artist Victor Collector (right) looking on as Barbados TODAY reporter Marlon Madden examines some of his work.
Artist Victor Collector (right) looking on as Barbados TODAY reporter Marlon Madden examines some of his work.

“I have signed up already, but so far nothing has got off the ground yet fully,” he said.

“They haven’t implemented everything . . . . You have to fill out a form online and get something from a recognized body [for example, NCF] certifying how long you were in the craft and you sign up the form. I am just waiting on them now
to respond to me,” said Victor.

He said his main purpose for applying for concessions was to help him with regards to the imports of his raw materials that he works with, adding that they were expensive.

Asked if he had plans to open a gallery, the landscape painter said: “I don’t see that right now. It is something that probably could work; but right now I don’t see it.”

He said that so far he was most proud of “the level I have reached, the level I am at”. He said people often commended him on the detail in his paintings.

“That is what I am recognized for –– the lot of detail. They like the way I do trees and foliage,” he added.

The most expensive piece he has sold to date, he said, was for $13,000. Most people buy the paintings, he said, either for themselves or to give to others as gifts.


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