Blog Rss Feed From the archives  - Astar Bishop and Karl Doyle exhibit in Art Creators (September 2004) // By Anne Hilton

Originally published: Friday September 10, 2004. Pg 40 NEWSDAY SECTION B (Trinidad & Tobago)

Study of Art in school led Karl Doyle to read for a degree in the Visual Arts.

Music was more in schoolfellow and friend Astar Bishop's line. Astar gained a certificate in Steelpan at UWI, then his BA in jazz studies at Florida Memorial College. However, he felt the urge to paint as well.

The result of their friendship is a joint exhibition which opened on September 1. There was, of course, steelpan to entertain patrons viewing and buying the work on display.

Doyle’s small acrylic “Jumbie Walk 1: was the first to catch my eye, and interesting interpretation and so moderately priced that I was tempted, but someone else was there before me. The same artist’s much larger (and more expensive” “Back to school – Pavilion” is a pleasing, impressionist piece, also in acrylic.

“Savannah Poui” being protected by a sheet of glass, had to be photographed at an angle which, strangely, somehow improved this piece I chalk pastel. A any rate, so it seemed to me when studying the photograph on the monitor. Perhaps those visiting the gallery should first try viewing Doyle’s drawing head on (as it were) and then at the 45 degree angle required to take a flash photograph of artwork under glass.

Much of Astar Bishop’s work is abstract of semi abstract. However, I chose to photograph three of his more realist works – to show that he can draw. The first, “minstrels” woke vague echoes of Sundiata – probably because this is one of that established artist’s favourite subjects. “Still Life (Fruits)” is a subject every artist must tackle at some stage in his life; the bananas and basket are real enough, the other fruits are hard to identify lending the piece an air of abstraction. “Shell study” is semi-realist, the medium is listed as pen and ink, yet the piece itself gives the impression of pastel.

While discussing the work of these tow young men, a well known artist commented on the sameness of the colours in Bishop’s abstract pieces; on reflection I tend to agree with him. At times I found it hard to distinguish one from another. Nevertheless, it’s encouraging to see two young men (Bishop is just 24, Doyle 21 years old) giving time to art instead of…

“The Shape of Life” – an exhibition featuring the works of Astar Bishop and Karl Doyle ends today at Art Creators, St. Ann’s.

Fri, 24 Aug 2018 13:38:05 GMT //
Emancipation 2018 // Freedom of Thought - Sea of Memories. 2018

© Karl Doyle 2018

Freedom of Thought - Sea of Memories

Wed, 01 Aug 2018 05:51:10 GMT //
thoughts - July 26 2018 // i once thought it a good thing to take time to laugh and to make others laugh, but now I'm wiser and know it to be absolutely necessary. 


Thu, 26 Jul 2018 14:24:29 GMT //
The little things that count. // "Every ounce of effort adds up to make waves in the sea of progress" - Karl Doyle, 2018

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:09:55 GMT //
Who's NEX? // Hi all.

Welcome to my blog.

My name is Karl Anton Doyle and I hail from Trinidad & Tobago, a twin-island republic at the southernmost end of the Caribbean. As mentioned in my bio, I am an artist and musician, but what I didn’t mention is that I currently work on my craft after-hours. My 'bread & butter' is not entirely dependent on painting and playing the drums… for now at least.

Having never before in my life, posted to or managed a blog, this feels a little intimidating but I believe that I’ll soon get the hang of it. I intend to use this space to share updates, thoughts, questions, discoveries, and even jokes, in an effort to reach out to the world, to learn more, to exchange, and to grow.

To kick things off, here’s what’s happening on my end:

Art Exhibition:

Wednesday 22 March - Saturday 1 April, 2017
Art Society of Trinidad & Tobago (ASTT) Gallery,
Federation Park,
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, W.I.

CONNEXIONS. 22 March - 1 April, 2017. ASTT Gallery, POS. TT

Connections; Community; Interdependence; Links; Thought; Process; Future; Next

‘CONNEXIONS’ is the first exhibition in which I am being featured as the main artist. Under my company, Blue Culture Arts Organization Co. Ltd., I am curating the show and have invited a few of my friends and colleagues to share some of their recent works as well.

The show features:



The theme ‘CONNEXIONS’ is a play on words - CONNECTIONS and NEXT.
Connections; Community; Interdependence; Links; Thought; Process; Future; Next

This is really a call to encourage our friends, coworkers, loved ones and strangers, to pause for a moment and consider the many ways in which we affect one another – physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially... the list goes on.
Have you asked yourself, “What effect did I have on whatever or whomever? What happens next?”  Now this is not about dwelling in the past or getting paranoid over what-ifs as much as it deals with connecting with each other beyond the superficial, and jumping into the multi-layered, multi-textured, almost inexplicable dimensions of our respective relationships and thoughts.

Who's NEXt ?

The other trajectory refers to a series of negotiations between us the artists participating in the show, and the rest of the arts community in Trinidad & Tobago and the wider world.

“This is who I am, and this is what I have to offer… what can I do? What do you need? This is what I want from YOU! Can you see me? Do you hear me? Do you understand me?”

My promise

Now, it admittedly is not the answer to the question “What is an emerging artist?” as much as it is an invitation to consider a promise, one I would like to make right here, that: I will learn about life that others may love not only my work, but life itself.

Interpreting the idea of ‘CONNEXIONS’ may not even come to pass through the production of the work or even observing the works of art, but can surely be appreciated by reaching in, reaching out and connecting with one another through discussion.


Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to share your comments, and don't forget to save the date!
Here's a link to the event on Facebook if you need a reminder, and a map with the ASTT Gallery's location. See you there!

God bless!

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 23:47:02 GMT //