Caribbean Spice



Caribbean Spice
by Lesley Peterson

April 26 - May 18


Landhuis Bloemhof is presenting 'Caribbean Spice,' featuring acrylic paintings by Lesley Peterson.
'Caribbean Spice' is not just an exhibition of paintings; it is an invitation to explore the unseen, to consider the possibilities beyond the known, and to engage in stories that linger on.

Inspiration and artistic vision

Lesley Peterson draws inspiration from the vibrant life stories of the people of Curaçao, weaving a narrative that cuts across the superficial and plunges into the depths of human experience. His paintings, rich in Caribbean flavor, are not only visual representations but rather windows into the multidimensional universe of time and space.

Peterson's artistic outlook is guided by a profound curiosity about the inner lives of individuals, driven by the belief that identity is shaped through experience. The artist's exploration of these hidden stories is reflected in his reminiscent landscapes, portraits, and impressions of old buildings and alleys, each carrying the weight of its own history and life story.

Peterson's connection to the Caribbean region spans generations. He acknowledges the Caribbean as the place where he finds his inspiration and his unique touch that spreads through his body of work. His paintings go beyond the material world, offering viewers a glimpse into the different dimensions that coexist within our everyday life.

About the artist

Lesley Peterson, born on the island of St. Maarten in 1943, has been painting since his teenage years. Beginning with oils on canvas at the age of 15 and sold his first paintings while still a student at the age of 18. Despite his 42-year-long career in education, where he retired at the age of 62, Peterson never stopped cultivating his passion for art. As a self-taught artist, he continuously expanded his skills and knowledge by reading about painting techniques and art history, by participating in workshops, and by visiting numerous museums and galleries in Europe and the USA.

Peterson was a founding member of the art foundation ‘Libertas’ in the seventies. His artistic journey evolved from surrealism to what he calls ‘symbolic realism’. Post-retirement, he dedicates his time to both painting and teaching painting skills to adults and teenagers. With several successful exhibitions on the island, Peterson's artistic talent has been recognized and celebrated.

In his book ‘Timeless Illusions’ (2023), Lesley Peterson opens up about his artistic journey, providing insights into his body of work and the evolution of his painting style. His philosophy on art is summed up by the phrase: "In the essence of all things, there is the magic of timeless illusions. Just change your perspective to see this magic."

Meet the artist and paint along

On Saturdays May 4 and 11, Lesley Peterson will be at Landhuis Bloemhof between 10:00 and 12:00 where he will greet guests and have a chat. On May 18th, the last day of the exhibition, he will guide a painting workshop from 9:00 to 12:00. To register please contact or via whatsapp +5999-7375775