By Rachael Aberle
There is always something interesting happening in Hope Town, from art retreats to regattas to summer camps for kids. Photography Artist Monty Knowles recently landed and fell in love with Hope Town and its people, and both residents and visitors are quickly becoming his canvases. His body paintings are a reflection of their inner beauty that he sees in each of his models.
It is a work of TRUE COLOURS, a reflection of the light we all are. His recent exhibit at the Hummingbird Art Gallery in Hope Town showed pictures of his body-paintings of Every Child Counts students among other locals, stretched out on high quality canvas and frames made from Abaco Pine.
Part proceeds went to ECC.
Monty’s body paintings, workshops and glow light parties have added extra flavour and colour to Hope Town and Treasure Cay, and people are asking for more.
His recent RAW BEAUTY presentation at the Hope Town Lodge reignited the spark in women who attended. Monty will be back there Saturday MAY 14 for a collaboration body painting party by the pool during the day where one person can get painted by up to 7 or more people!
There will also be a night glow party afterwards at the Hope Town Lodge.
Monty’s RAW BEAUTY presentation is dedicated to women, reminding women that a positive attitude and good posture are key to feeling good, and therefore looking good. He shows proof of this philosophy in a chronological slide show of women without makeup, hairstyling or photoshop. His photography captures a beautiful woman whose eyes look dull and her posture poor. He believes that these pictures are only a reflection of how she sees herself. He reminds his models of their inner beauty by reinforcing positive attitude and good posture, and soon captures sparkling eyes and a brilliant smile – their light reignited.
During a photo shoot with Monty, a woman is reminded of what she always has somewhere inside – her bright, beautiful Goddess Self. Monty’s work is a true reminder of the importance of a positive attitude and good posture.
Before he begins painting he closes his eyes and takes a few conscious breaths, giving him a chance to connect with his live canvas. Due to his positive attitude and love of the human spirit, the paint flows effortlessly from his brush and he rarely stops for a break. Occasionally a machete whack to snack on a fresh coconut while briefly responding to a few calls and messages.
Monty’s work extends from his Bahamas homeland, to Denmark, France, Norway, and the United States. His recent paintings of Denmark’s top female athletes raised over $18,000 for charities in Denmark and the Bahamas, and was displayed in art museums, billboards, trains and airports. Monty’s artwork can also be seen on his website, www.montyknowles.com or Facebook – Monty Knowles Photography Art.