The festival artist in 2012 was Nikolai Noel, who was born in Belmont a suburb of the capital city of Port of Spain. He received a BA from the University of the West Indies in 2009 and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012. Nikolai’s work has been shown at CCA7, Alice Yard, The Independent New York, NADA and the Art Museum of the Americas.
☿ Mercury is the title of Nikolai’s Festival Art, an adaptation of a drawing from the series “Gathering Instruments”, which explore the variance and tension between received West Indian history and the experience of the individual trying to make sense of contemporary reality, especially with regard to identity. These ideas permeate modern Caribbean writing and we look forward to another high quality silkscreen work of art to add to the national collection and which will be available for purchase.
From 2011 to 2013, the NGC Bocas Lit Fest invited an artist to create an original limited edition work of art. The first numbered piece in the edition becomes part of the unique Collection of Festival Art of the National Museum and Art Gallery, the sponsor of the work.
The works in the Collection of Festival Art at the National Museum and Art Gallery are: Lapeyrouse Wall, by Peter Doig; Cobo, by Eddie Bowen; Now Showing, by Christopher Cozier; Give and Take, by Chris Ofili; and ☿ Mercury, by Nikolai Noel.
Funds raised from the sale of the signed, numbered works go to the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, which is entirely funded by sponsorship.