|Internationally-renowned artist Peter Minshall, |
left, and Carnival artist Junya Craigwell
talk about Carnival and Art.
Craigwell’s painting career started when he was apprenticed to a local vehicle assembly plant to learn metal finishing and painting skills. Years later, Craigwell was hired by the organisation now known as CPF to design stage backdrops for the annual International Soca Monarch finals, starting his long and continuing relationship with CPF. He also worked closely with the musical artistes competing in the CPF’s Soca Monarch competition, and his work became part of each artiste’s stage presentation. The self-taught artist’s work is familiar to most travellers using City Gate: He is the artist who painted The Last Train, an event immortalised in the calypso Last Train to San Fernando. This painting of the Trinidad Government Railway’s last trip was done in 1998, and is on display at the western entrance of the old train station, now known as City Gate.
|Veteran artist and calypsonian Bill Trotman, left, |
chats with children’s Carnival bandleader Rosalind Gabriel.
For further information, Craigwell can be contacted at 750-5097.