Kenwyn Crichlow
Lives & Works in Curepe, Trinidad and Tobago
Kenwyn Crichlow is an artist and arts leader based in Curepe, Trinidad and Tobago. Crichlow is a painter whose unique abstract language is a humanistic, aesthetic, and political choice. Born in Trinidad, Crichlow was nineteen during Trinidad’s Black Power Revolution of 1970. Paintings from this period reflect his political awakening. Educated at Goldsmiths, University of London (1976-1978), Crichlow began to bring his political feeling into a viewers’ foreground. After Goldsmiths, he chose home and a Caribbean-centric 'South-South' conversation.

He insists on multiple ways of seeing the West Indian landscape in which he and generations of his family were raised. Working with oil (and often gold leaf) on canvas, Crichlow chooses abstraction over figurative compositions in order to "liberate the painterly mark from its subject matter." Often monumental, the paintings dance in expressive episodes across the surfaces, influenced by the light, rhythm, and episodic colour of his Caribbean home.

The artist’s work is in several collections, Central Bank Museum (TT); Barbados National Art Gallery, Bridgetown; the National Museum and Art Collection of Trinidad and Tobago; The Mervyn Awon Collection, Barbados. This is as well as being included in over twenty group shows and holding fifteen solo shows. Crichlow is Board Chair of Trinidad & Tobago’s National Museum and Art Gallery.

Kenwyn Crichlow will be presented by Diane Rosenstein Gallery.
Kenwyn Crichlow, Trembling Shadows in a Trackless Place, 2023, Oil and gold leaf on canvas (diptych), 182.9 x 274.3 cm, Unique. Courtesy of the Artist and Diane Rosenstein Gallery.