`Distinguished son’ honoured
October 19, 2003
ECHOES of Dave Martins and the Trade-winds’ ‘Where Are Your Heroes Caribbean’ came back to haunt us yesterday as two local organisations came together to pay tribute to a man who would undoubtedly go down in history as Guyana’s greatest artist yet.
In the words of Labour, Human Services and Social Security Minister Dr Dale Bisnauth: “…. that distinguished son of Guyana; that doyen among the nation’s artists; that living icon; that deeply spiritual and therefore ‘Universal Man’ Philip Moore.”
The Minister was among several persons who opted to make what were called “brief birthday presentations” to the aging artist who turned 82 last Sunday.
One of the many sculptures the artist is noted for.
The affair, which was attended by British Commissioner Mr. Steve Hiscock and CARICOM (Caribbean Community) Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Lolita Applewaithe, was held on the lawns of ‘Colgrain House’, home of CARICOM Secretary-General, Dr Edwin Carrington, and hosted by the African Cultural Development Association (ACDA) in association with Hoyte Blackman Television 9 (HBTV).
The occasion was also used to air a documentary on Moore put together by the very station titled: ‘The Artistic Odyssey of Philip Moore.’ The documentary is about 77 minutes long.
Moore was honoured recently by the Surinamese government at the Caribbean Festival of Arts which was held in Suriname, and by the Jamaican government.