Island Souls: Book of sketches by Seychellois artist Michael Adams

A new book, which appears under the title of “Island Souls,” and was designed by Iranian graphics designer Golnar Roshan, contains 232 pages of sketches of a wide range of island personalities that Seychellois painter Micheal Adams has made since his arrival in the islands during the early 70s.

Adams is perhaps best known for the vibrantly-colored, phantasmagorical paintings of his adopted islands which have earned him a longstanding international reputation. Now, his book of sketches of island personalities he commenced in 1971 has been published by Mark Inch of Bluebird Investissements and was presented to the public at a private launch at La Plaine St. Andre, Mahé on Wednesday, April 20.

Local author Glynn Burridge provided the foreword to the prestigious book whose appeal is expected to resonate on the local market but also abroad, particularly among the Seychellois diaspora.

Each sketch is accompanied by comments by Michael Adams on who the subject is and the traits of character that makes them so special. These comments appear in his own distinctive handwriting as a wonderful addition to the pages which are preceded by a short biography of the painter’s colorful life, again in shorthand.

Alain St. Ange, Seychelles’ Minister for Tourism & Culture, addressed the gathering, commenting on what a fine contribution Island Souls makes to the Seychelles literary scene and on the importance of such work.

Seychelles is a founding member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) . For more information on Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange, click here.