Wednesday, July 18, 2018


The postcard-like beaches and tropical colors of the island’s flora and fauna are inspiration enough for many artists to try their hand at capturing the beauty of the scenery. 

by Michael Adams

Many of their arts stem back to the early days of their island existence and often use materials found on the island. Themes often cover island life and historical events. Some of the items used in their art and jewelry found here include parts of coconuts, pottery, reeds and palm fronds, shells, corals, wood, husks, sand, and other natural materials.

by Alyssa Adams
One of the more well-known artists on the island is Michael Adams (no relation, but if he wanted to, say, get me a plane ticket to come visit, I mean, I’d oblige). His main art styles include watercolors and silkscreen prints. And actually, his two kids also share exhibit space in his gallery.

Andrew Gee paints in a realistic style, especially showing the changing landscape and other scenes around the island. He actually left England to become a fashion and textile instructor in the islands about 25 years ago. (I’m sure the winters are much nicer.)
by Sheila Markham

There are a couple of artists who work in sculpture of different mediums. Sheila Markham uses cardboard boxes and newspapers for her sculptures while Tom Bower sticks to bronze. Egbert Marday uses whatever materials he has around him that inspires him: a true recycler.
by Nigel Henri
Some artists’ works are seen throughout areas of the islands. A few of Nigel Henri’s paintings can be seen in the Seychelles International Airport, many people’s first official views of the country. And George Camille found his work as an artist showcased for Air Seychelles and in a popular guidebook called “Seychelles in Your Pocket.” 

cover art by George Camille

Because Seychelles is a multi-ethnic country with people of French, British, African, Indian, and Arab backgrounds, their folklore and storytelling also reflects these roots as well. Early on, these stories were passed down from generation to generation.

One of the most well-known authors is Antoine Abel. Many of his short stories, novels, poems, and plays were centered around the islands and its folklore. He wrote in English, French, and Creole, bringing the literature of Seychelles to the world.

Outside of Antoine Abel, I only came up a couple other names of writers from Seychelles. Leu Mancienne is known for his book called Fler fletri, published in both Creole and French. Although he was born in Mauritius, Guy Lionnet moved to Seychelles and became really involved with the environment and conservation. He published several works on the history and ecology of the islands. I’m sure there are others out there, but perhaps they have a far more limited audience.

Up next: music and dance

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