The Fairwind Exhibition at Baha Mar showcases over 150 years of Bahamian Art, beginning in the early 1800s up to the practices of today. The compilation of painting, sculpture and photography shines a light on important narratives, both past and present, allowing for a better understanding of this Bahamian place.
Featured Artists include Brent Malone, Amos Ferguson, Maxwell Taylor, Kendal Hanna, Stan Burnside, Jackson Burnside, Sue Bennett-Williams, Antonius Robert, Lynn Parotti, John Cox, Dionne Benjamin-Smith and John Beadle, and others, as well as a plethora of International Artists who have been inspired by The Bahamas.
Many of the showcased works belong to The Dawn Davies Collection, a profound assortment of both historical and contemporary works, majority of which are no longer found anywhere in the world.
Dawn Davies was born in Nassau, New Providence, to a Scottish father and a Bahamian mother. She attended St Andrew’s School in Nassau and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, later earning an MBA from the University of Miami, Florida. She pursued a career in the financial services sector in The Bahamas.
Davies is a passionate supporter and collector of Bahamian art and over the years has put together an extensive collection. In 2012, she published a comprehensive book, titled Love & Responsibility – The Dawn Davies Collection, to celebrate Bahamian art as seen through her collection. The book acts as a catalogue of cultural currency, an important tool in documenting Bahamian culture and history. Volume 2 is currently in process. Additionally, in 2014, she published TABLESCAPES Just for Fun, which offered an insight into her home and garden and the pleasure to be derived from curating tables and settings with objects found in one’s cupboards and garden.
Very much interested in the creative community, Davies was a thirteen-year member of the Board of The Harry Moore Scholarship Committee, and is currently on the Board of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas and the Charitable Arts Foundation. Her interests and memberships include the Bahamas National Trust, B.R.E.E.F., the Nassau Garden Club, the International Garden Club, the Bahamas Historical Society and the Nassau Music Society.
We are pleased to have been loaned selected artworks from Davies’ collection to aid in telling the story of Bahamian art and culture. Her collection has fueled the Fairwind Exhibition with works that give us insight into the precious identity of The Bahamas.