Shortly after moving to Grenada, I sought out the spaces, places, and people who were the pulse of the Grenadian artistic community. One of the first names I came upon was local folk artist, Doliver Morain. A year later, my meeting him was long overdue and I was more than ready to meet the man behind the brush.
Doliver’s autonomous vision is shown in his own museum of art created roadside by his home in Levera, located in the parish of St. Patrick.
Colorful, raw, freestyle, perfectly eccentric— all came to mind as I stepped foot into his museum. The natural surroundings was like a piece of art in itself, with the ocean waters and Ronde Island viewed in the background.
Doliver’s pieces range from paintings on scrap plywood or rolled cotton canvas documenting notable historical figures, fishermen, mangrove birds, and island country landscape; to musicians, sea turtles, local fish and iguana sculptures created out of scrap metal.
I sat down with Doliver in great intrigue to learn his story and ideas behind his craft. He began creating art during the Grenada Revolution of the late 1970s, where he sold a small painting to a foreign troop. From there he knew he had tapped into a passion– and expressed that if “I don’t do that… I don’t feel good.” After placing artworks on the roadside of his home, he received great encouragement from his neighbors, and was inspired to build an actual space to showcase his creations– thus the inception of the Levera Museum of Art.
Outside of being an artist, Doliver’s work history, which is largely rooted in agriculture, encompasses gardening, fishing, sailing, as well as climbing coconut trees to gather coconut water for tourists. Some of these roles he has since retired from in order to dedicate more time to his art craft.
Everyday life moments as he knows it are reflected in his works. A visitor to the studio may find pieces depicting fishermen casting nets, children at play, cutlass wielding farmers gathering cocoa pods, as well as the neighboring lush landscapes of enchanting Levera Beach and Sugar Loaf island.
Aside from his artwork, one can also find an interesting collection of historical artifacts. As a history buff, I was more than fascinated with some of the pieces he had dating back to the indigenous Amerindian peoples.
You will find Doliver Morain’s museum in Levera at the La Fortune Junction by the unmistakable Chez Nora building. I would recommend giving him a call beforehand to ensure he is around.
Whether you are a visitor to Grenada or one who calls the Spice Isle home, I highly encourage a trip over to Grenada’s northern most edge to Doliver’s studio, indulge in conversation with the man himself, and of course… purchase a piece or two that graces your wall with a unique flavor sure to leave you with a taste of Grenada.
- Doliver Morain’s Levera Museum of Art, Grenada | 1+ 473-537-1192
UYC Contributor Carly King-Rushdan