Utila’s Newest Painter in Residence

January 1st, 2011
by Thomas Tomczyk

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The Bay Islands have always attracted those with a creative nature and Naomi Gittoes is the latest artist to share her work on the islands. Naomi is an Australian artist whose work is well known in her home country. She has travelled widely working as a fashion stylist, designer, art director, model and film production assistant.
In February Naomi moved to Utila to train as a Dive Master and became enamored with the island. Using the underwater world as her inspiration, Naomi developed an aquatic collection using her signature style. Her “The Epiphany Collection” explores the meaning of life and includes abstract oceanic inspired visions, dreamlike figurative works and others that are simply the artist at play on the canvas. “Once I get the first outlines done I can calmly paint the rest and it evolves as it goes. I want to think I am allowing people into an experience like diving into the ocean, but here I ask them to plunge with me into the creative imagination,” says Naomi.
Artist Naomi Gittoes and Kate Vigolo at the exhibit

Artist Naomi Gittoes and Kate Vigolo at the exhibit

The Bay Islands have always attracted those with a creative nature and Naomi Gittoes is the latest artist to share her work on the islands. Naomi is an Australian artist whose work is well known in her home country. She has travelled widely working as a fashion stylist, designer, art director, model and film production assistant.

In February Naomi moved to Utila to train as a Dive Master and became enamored with the island. Using the underwater world as her inspiration, Naomi developed an aquatic collection using her signature style. Her “The Epiphany Collection” explores the meaning of life and includes abstract oceanic inspired visions, dreamlike figurative works and others that are simply the artist at play on the canvas. “Once I get the first outlines done I can calmly paint the rest and it evolves as it goes. I want to think I am allowing people into an experience like diving into the ocean, but here I ask them to plunge with me into the creative imagination,” says Naomi.

On November 2, La Piccola-Italian Restaurant and Art Space in Utila played host to Naomi’s first art exhibition in the Bay Islands. The event was attended by those interested in developing Utila’s burgeoning art scene. Twelve of her latest aquatic inspired works were shown along with others in development. Utila art collector Josiah Mackin allowed Naomi’s work from his private collection to be displayed.

La Piccola proprietor Kate Vigolo was delighted to host the event: “I am so proud to be able to work with an artist as talented as Naomi and am more than happy to continue to display her work in La Piccola. I fully support the art scene in Utila and encourage any artist to come and display their work in our Art Space.”

Naomi’s work continues to be popular. She sold three paintings in the week prior to the exhibition and has been commissioned to paint four other pieces. “Her style is unique. It’s exciting to have new talent on the islands,” said Ainhoa Bressers, a local business woman.

“My husband and I are 100% behind developing talent and hope that artists new and established can come together to create new opportunities,” said diving instructor and property developer Sarah Dowdall.

Looking to the future, Naomi plans to move to Roatan in February where she is hoping to meet with other local artists and open her own gallery. “Having been inspired by life in Utila for the last year I know that the next move to Roatan will bring more inspiration and a continued love affair with the Bay Islands,” says Naomi. [/private]

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