I was born in Manchester Jamaica in 1979. While growing up I had a keen interest in my childhood years of representing imagery within my environment using mostly dry media and later on moving up to paint. I started to develop my artistic skills at the high school level initially and later attended the Edna Manley College of the Visual Arts in Jamaica in 1998 to 2002, where I decided to be a painter. Different techniques were explored in my tenure and I chose to go the path of realism. Acrylic on canvas has been my preferred medium and I also use the aid of photography as preliminary material for my painting and a key tool in my representation of detail. Light and texture had always played an important role in my paintings through development in art school. My work captures different concepts and themes using a metaphoric approach such as politics, the economy, environment and even v,.,arfare. These themes have taken great presedence in my formative years as an artist and continue to shape my sometimes journalistic yet non literal approach to my work. Some of my pieces take on a more abstract approach although using real elements Vtihich may provoke certain moods or sensations in the viewer. Elements in pop art are also used in my tempelate occasionally. The paintings take on either a landscape or a still life format depending on Vt/hat is being depicted . The landscapes tend to be more of a traditional genre Vtihile the still life Vtihich is my most preferred format tends to be more concept related. The scale of my pieces tend to be more large than small depending also on the impact that is needed to create the right mood for the imagery. I have shown extensively locally in Jamaica and recently in Europe in the past ten years. Some of my best group show appearances have been in the National Gallery of Jamaica including one exhibition Vt/here I won two trophies and a silver medal in the painting category. I had also been selected for the 5th edition of ‘Young talent’. Popular works of mine to date include, National dish, Donopoly, Tout Saintes, Yellow Cake Meltdown, The June Fellowship, Dark Express and The Flesh Ledgers. Photo-realism in painting is heavily influenced by photography. Growing up, my attention to detail in objects and scenarios made me av,.,are of the usefulness of a camera in capturing things in the moment. my early years in photography were introduced to me by my grandfather and in more detail by the Edna Manley College of the Visual Arts, Vt/here I learned the operations of the camera as well as the use of the dark room. Over the years I experimented with different techniques in photography and fine tuned my craft with post processing softv,.,are on the computer. Photography Vtihile being an aid to create imagery for my paintings, gradually emerged as a full time art form to stand on its own in a personal and commercial context.Subject matter include landscapes, still life, portrait, flora and fauna and even juxtaposed imagery to create a surreal effect. Who knows Vt/hat journey both art forms will take in the future, sometimes there’s very little to seperate the two but one thing’s for sure, the innovative process of my technique in both disciplines will keep evolving. I currently Live and work in St. Andrew , Jamaica Vt/here I operate a dedicated art studio.
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September 17, 2017