“The artist of St. Lucia - Llewellyn Xavier is St. Lucia’s most famous and innovative artist.”
"Xavier's own response to what Edward Lucie-Smith describes as the threat to the fragile ecology of the island, is indeed the reaction of a son returning to his native land in the spirit of [Wifredo] Lam, [Aimé] Césaire and [Alejo] Carpentier, true pioneers in the cultural and political emancipation of the Caribbean. As the unique aspects of the St. Lucian environment , continue to guide and impact the evolution of his imagery, then, Xavier stands as a vital force in the on-going dialogue of globalism and locality, cultural tourism and cultural sovereignty in the art of the Caribbean."
"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"
“…and when you get a taste of his work you will want to see more - which is when you make an appointment to view more of his collection and enter the heavenly heights of his magnificent home.”
"Llewellyn Xavier, St. Lucia’s pre-eminent visual artist has followed a career path whose twists and turns many West Indian creators will recognise. Though a number of Llewellyn’s paintings appear at the first to be abstract, they all contain a figurative element, sometimes deeply buried in accumulated layers of paint. The best interpretative approach is in fact through basic subject matter, rather than through apparent style. The smoothest transition from earlier to later work is represented by a sequence of paintings where the subject is an opulent vase of flowers. The earliest of these paintings resemble the flower-pieces Van Gogh produced in Paris between 1886 and 1888, before his move to Arles. That is, they are boldly colourful, but still have the remnants of 19th century artistic convention."
“I dropped by St. Lucia’s artist/environmentalist, Llewellyn Xavier–whose studio was in a magnificent mansion, surrounded by Bougainvillaea and laid out in crisp, minimal lines, a dazzling white palace of art above the gorgeous cactus-dotted coastline of Cap Estate.”
“Llewellyn Xavier communicates the sensuality and un–spoilt beauty of the island through his art, making him one of St. Lucia’s best ambassadors.”
Growing up in abject poverty on the tiny Caribbean island of Saint Lucia and going to school without shoes and having to walk eight miles to and from school each day, meant that I was seldom on time for roll call. The school consisted of one single room. The Headmaster’s desk was at one end of the room on a makeshift platform. I left at the age of fourteen, soon after embarking on a wild and riotous, hedonistic global quest ostensibly to find my true self, eventually landing at a silent monastery in Montreal, Canada.