Born June 25, 1936 in Nassau, Hanna is a painter and a sculptor known as one of the Bahamas’ first abstract expressionists. Early in Hanna’s life he began experimenting with abstractions through a process which he characterized as his “subconscious mind expressing itself on the canvas.” During his twenties, Hanna was institutionalized with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and prescribed an electric shock therapy course of four treatments per week. During this time he was chained and abused by the staff. Upon his release from the mental hospital two years later, Hanna used art to recover his motor capabilities and mental acuity.
Now 80, Hanna has become one of the Bahamas’ most celebrated artists, prolifically releasing work deemed “carefully considered and contemplated, provocative and masterful” (Dionne Benjamin, National Art Gallery of The Bahamas).
The title of the documentary, Brigidy Bram, is a figure of speech which Kendal has coined in his unique vernacular, showing how seemingly disparate events and facts are interconnected. The film explores Kendal’s artwork, his struggle with mental illness and his eventual rise to fame in the global art world.