In Talking Music
, Dash presents a domestic scene. Painted in bright colours, a group sit around two musicians in the centre with guitars, clearly talking. The arrangement of figures suggests that perhaps this group is a family, seated in front of the fireplace on sofas, chairs and the floor. The attentiveness of the listeners suggests an animated conversation.
Life Between Islands: Caribbean-British Art 1950s – Now
FSC Certified paper and wood
Date of work
Original: Talking Music 1963-6 Oil paint on hardboard 762 × 762 mm © Paul Dash
Paul Dash (born 1946) is a Barbados-born artist and writer. Dash moved to Britain aged 11, and went on to study fine art at Chelsea School of Art. He was part of the Caribbean Artists Movement in 1969, and taught in secondary schools and later Goldsmiths College. His figurative work often explores Caribbean cultural events and experiences, which was a way of exploring his heritage and identity living and working in Britain, where he faced discrimination in both his life and work. He has returned to full time practice since his retirement in 2011.