Joint Exhibition at Horizons Art Gallery

In this joint exhibit, art collectors and patrons can look forward to Guzman's depictions of dancers against vibrantly coloured backgrounds, women washing in the river, pan men and interpretations of local architecture. Stapleton's selection of local themes and festivals is also destined to impress with paintings like "Tobago Wedding", "River Cook-up" and "Fruit Vendor" all beautifully executed in acrylic on canvas done in her signature impasto style.

Jacqueline "Jackie" Guzman appreciated every form of art even as a child; it could have been trees swaying in the breeze or just an old broken down chair. At the age of 13, Jacqueline studied under Freda Artman, an established artist in Trinidad. Over the course of six years she learned the basics of drawing and painting and became familiar with styles of vivid colouration, influenced by some of Trinidad's renowned artists. 

Her style is a combination of personal experiences, modern techniques, primitivism and simplified drawings with flattering effects and bold colours. Jacqueline's work is always visually stunning.

A large reproduction of one of Jacqueline's paintings, depicting dancing ladies in vivid colours, is currently on display at Piarco International Airport. Her work can also be seen in the 2009 Edition of the Ins and Outs Magazine and in office buildings and residences in Trinidad and Tobago. Many of Jacqueline's paintings are also in private collections in the USA, Canada, England and other parts of Europe. This is her second exhibition with Horizons Art Gallery, where some of her more recent paintings can also be found on display throughout the year.

In May 1998, Jacqueline received a degree in Physical Therapy from Lynn University, USA, but art remains her primary interest.

Ann Stapleton grew up in the village at the top of Mt. D'or Road Champ Fleurs, Trinidad, the source of most of her inspiration. She developed her love for art at an early age.

At St. Joseph's Convent, St. Joseph she was able to develop her talent. Upon graduation she attended Albert Pels School of Art, New York, USA where she studied Interior Design and Graphic Arts for a period of three years. At this time she was able to attend classes by Albert Pels in Fine Art and Richard Beltram in Illustration.

After receiving a Certificate of Distinction upon graduation, Ann commenced a career in the Advertising Industry. For the next 14 years she worked as a Graphic Artist to major agencies in New York City and subsequently Trinidad, dividing her time between New York and Trinidad.

A member of the Women in Art Organization, Ann exhibited for the first time at The Annual Women in Art Exhibition, July 2000 and The National Museum's 38th Anniversary Independence Show. In 2007, she was awarded The Women In Art's Challenge Trophy for "Most Outstanding Landscape Artist".

Corporate firms and private collectors both at home and abroad have collected her work including The Ministry of Culture and The Central Bank of Barbados. She has also done work on commission as well as participated in many joint exhibitions. Her most recent works can be seen at Horizons Art Gallery, where she has had highly successful exhibitions throughout the years. 

This exhibition will continue until February 26th at the gallery located at 37 Mucurapo Road, St. James during regular opening hours of Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm and Sat 9am-1pm.For further information on this exhibition the gallery can be contacted at 628-9769 or emailed at

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