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Monday, December 30, 2013

the 2nd side of the story ... dready art of Jakes, Jamaica




                                  Jakes, Tresure Beach - Very Limited Edition Print (#of 15) 7 foot long

before i was even a bwoy, before i was a glint in my fathers eye, at the end of the 50's, the south coast villages of st elizabeth and westmorland, like little bay, bluefields, treasure beach, whitehouse, were places where Jamaicans got away to - the north coast was already developing its persona of kinda for tourists.

development escaped it: the experiences were those of tranquility and commune and family and nature ...

and this place, jakes village, grew up amongst the vestiges of that and retains the feelings and the emotions and it's cool and vibrant and wild and interesting and i wanted to capture that in a piece of art because it reminds me of the jamaica i grew up in.

And so this is the dready of that ...

vibes!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

dready of Jakes ... two sides to the same story ...




i (obviously) like doing panoramas ...

i like jakes in treasure beach jamaica; it is one of the coolest places on the planet ... just getting there changes your whole perspective ... you make the journey and you leave the life you lead behind; you travel to get there and then at the end of the road, literally and on the edge of the sea is jake's village.

jakes is sprawled, from the driftwood spa to jack sprat restaurant along about half a mile of the south coast of jamaica; it ambles, cooly ... villa to villa, visual sensation to sensual experience, iron shore to cove and back to iron shore, garden to grass piece  ...



(above map of jakes provided by sally henzell)

i couldn't fit all i wanted to say into one panorama and so i've divided it into 2, 'grass piece' and 'sea side' ... it's how i see it, because in truth half of 'sea side' takes place in the garden and most of 'grass piece' takes place on the sea side.

anyhow, dat's me ...


Saturday, December 7, 2013

bajan chattel house and goat ...



           
                                     Barbadian Chattel House - Limited Edition Print 24x24

I been to Barbados a few times ...

the first time I went I wrote in my journal ...

" “Barbados lacks soul and that’s what’s wrong with it” – and then I thought about it and continued - "but the truth is that that is what Barbados is, it’s not really something that’s wrong with it, just a piece of its essence, they don’t flaunt, they just are. Others, friends, tell me that they know a Barbados, a warm, welcoming one full of interesting fun loving people – but they, these friends, when pressed, still agree that yes, definitely, there is a wall, albeit a low slung and Georgian cut stone one, over which you have to climb before you can encounter this warm side of the Bajan spirit. "

barbados and bajans grew on me over time as I went back again and again ...

actually when i started doing dreadyness i started not in cayman or jamaica but in barbados, grenada and the bvi ... i was really fond of grenada, but then i should be as my great grandfather emigrated to jamaica from grenada.

So, here i am again, coming back full circle to the idea of bajan-ism and art based on barbados - dreadyness has evolved somewhat from them first days of experiment in a new style and fashion.

there's a particular kind of building in barbados called the 'chattel house', they're iconic, you see them all over bridgetown; architects evolve them for the modern vernacular and they're part of the historic landscape ...

"The term goes back to the plantation days when the home owners would buy houses designed to move from one property to another. The word "chattel" means movable property so the name was appropriate. Chattel houses are set on blocks or a groundsill rather than being anchored into the ground. In addition, they are built entirely out of wood and assembled without nails. This allowed them to be disassembled (along with the blocks) and moved from place to place. This system was necessary historically because home "owners" typically did not own the land that their house was set on. Instead, their employer often owned the land..."

anyhow, so when i came to do a bajan image i chose to do a chattel house ... and a goat and a banana tree ... and then a friend said i had to put in a bajan dog, so there's a dog on the back step ...

there's always a dog!

Is not all hard work ...




part of the 'job' is doing things like gallery openings where your work is displayed (over my left shoulder) and showing up on behalf of people you do art for or who promote your art ... you meet, you greet, you chat, shake hands, talk about what inspired you to draw a renault 4 driving across a sand coloured backscape ... (you might actually have to make up that answer cause it was just something in your head at the time.)

"what are those shapes?" "They look like fish" "Flags ..." "if you look at the whole thing it looks like a reclining nude ..."
the answer to which is "that's the thing, it's abstract, it can be what you want it to be ... I call it rainbow; it kinda came to me one morning, in my head, fully formed, pretty much as you see it now." which is a very 'artsy' thing to say and when you say it out loud to someone it sounds even artsy-er.

they invariably answer "ah!" and go and look for free wine.


anyhow, i said to an artist once, your job's not painting, painting's what you get to do as the treat for your work; your work is selling your art ... and that work can be a lot of fun, the people you meet, the conversations you have, the joy of meeting people who really like your work (the ones that don't rarely walk up to you and say 'dooood that's absolute crap!') ...

work harder!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

dready portraits of your life ... the coolest thing ...



the coolest thing to happen to me in is something i never fathomed when i started doing dready art ...

that people would ask for portraits of their lives but with traditional dready stick figure characters rather than evolved depictions of themselves ... and it happened from the very first commissions (actually the very first paid commission was a request for the 'Last Supper' done with dready stick figure characters).
it was cool for me that people were drawn to the original characters in that kind of way.

i do both; like the below i sometimes characterize people as stylized versions of themselves, selves that you can see, with their lives around them in a more evolved way ...



but it still coolest to me that people wanna see themselves in that other way ...

live love life ...

blues iguana ...




a few years ago and further down these pages i was asked by the dept of tourism to do an blue iguana that would be on a logo with the jazz fm chameleon in the uk.

above is the 'blues iguana' with his soul patch beard, his rasta tam the beads on his dorsal spines ...

he's cool

zeeen!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

in the days before dready ...


                         
                     Silver Wheaton/Vancouver Skyline - Original on canvas 60x18

in the days before dready, when the man was just a bwoy of 13, he followed his grandparents from jamaica to the great white north, to vancouver island, to where they emigrated ... to where they escaped really.

he would go to vancouver on the ferry to play school sports against other boys; to the very point grey from whence this view of vancouver is taken ... ubc is out on point grey and so is wreck beach, a nude beach ... boys find nude beaches.

later his mother moved to vancouver and he having left the great white north for the wilds of belize and other places would return on holiday to visit her. he has sat many times on jericho beach and looked at this skyline.

days gone by!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

more than one way to skin a cat ... different styles of the same dready




                                 Sun Bums #2 - Limited Edition Print 44x14

so there are now several sets of characters moving through dready art simultaneously ...

there are the two trustafarians, in this same austin van in a post below, and then these two 'hipsters' trolling through life and love and the pursuit of happiness. my dooood has now grown a little goatee beard and longer hair ...

somebody told me yesterday that i need something more than just pretty pictures to help people glom on to the idea of the pretty pictures ... he meant more of a 'slogan' or a repartee for each piece of art ...

i said, that it was these ideas that i wanted to impart along with the art:

'I'm just a bit of a hippie artist at heart, who believes that the ultimate goal in life is to live happily and, I suppose, that by buying into the art you're sharing some of that joy.'

and

'dready art is a 100% caribbean product: we live here and are from here, our children were born here, I draw it here (mostly, cause sometimes I draw it when I'm travelling!). So despite what has become the kind of global reach of dready art, we try to think of ourselves as a little Caribbean company just doing our thing.’  

coo-el

Sunday, October 6, 2013

yute-ful memories ...



                               Ponderosa - Original on Canvas 40x14

i have a first cousin who is the same age as me and when we were small small yutes he moved to a liccle farm just outside of kingston ... dairy cows and horses and orange trees and bullfrogs the size of cats!

and in those days the trains still ran and we would leap out of bed in the early morning, with the mist and the dew still on the grass, and dash down the hill from the house to watch the train rattle by ...

we've spent a lot of time together through the years but i will always remember us watching the trains in the morning mist and the dew wet grass on the hill at ponderosa ... and so here we have that, because when we sat in the grass and looked back up the hill, this was the view of the house; a nice piece of dready art about memories of stuff and t'ings.

respec'!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

the continuing saga of dready art s Trustafarians ...



                               
                              Sun Bums - Limited Edition Print 44x14

the trustafarians be movin' ...

the continuing saga of their lives in cool vehicles ... not sure why i chose modes of transportation as the 'vehicle' for these characters in dready art - it started with the vespa and then the smart car ... it all just seemed to convey a whimsical message about who the characters were and are ... and as i've repeatedly said i like them; i like who they are in my head.

but then the vespa didn't start out as a vespa, it started out life in a piece of dready art as a honda 50 and evolved into a vespa ... there was this guy, neathersole was his name, and he lived round by barbican and thought of himself as mr. lova lova long before shaggy had thought of it ... he had air jamaica 'lovebird' stickers all over his bike. When I was leaving and going away to school, neathersole said to to me; 'anytime you come back and you want to find me, jus' come a dis corner and call mi name; people will know me.'

but then that story is not related to this one ... and this one is called 'sun bums'

surf's up

Friday, September 27, 2013

highland coooows and other wee animals ...




so, i been doing all sorts of art based, vaguely anyhow, on the idea of 'what i did last summer' and this is, as one might guess, the scotland part of it ...

but all the art's been about more than that, it's full of t'ings that i've wanted to draw; in this one ... highland cows are so rasta-ish, sheeps are just cool - unless you have to live with them (but that's for another story) ... and when i was a yute you used to see these austin minor vans all over jamaica; pattie pans they used to call any kinda van like that ...

so you see i'm not really drawing last summer, I'm drawing my life; one liccle bit at a time.

peace.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

dready s 'Sri Lankan transportation' ...




                                 On The Road Sri Lanka - Original on Canvas 54x32                            

two things i've been dying to draw are, an elephant and a piaggio style motorized rickshaw ..

and i managed to get them both into this one image that i am doing for someone i know ... his family originates from sri lanka but he has grown and lives in uk.

they ain't no elephants in the caribbean, well dat's a lie, there are some in zoos, but none in real life ... but i've ridden one, max and i and it feels as if you're 'superior' to everything else around you.

it took a while to get this image going in my head; i kept thinking of his english life and then i thought that perhaps, like me, he might still have his soul in some more foreign place - the way jamaica still broods in the back of my blood.

i like the colours, warm and reflective of the place. i like the fact that all three characters are actually ajith ... i like the nod to dreadyness in the red green and yellow beads on the elephants tail, at the back of the rickshaw and in the chicken off to the left rear of the scene.

and that's the evolution of this - modes of sri lankan transportation ...

mawatha duwa, zeeeeen!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

a dready mews ...



                           Reese Mews London - Original on Canvas 46x14

sometimes, when i'm lucky, and i'm in london, i get to stay in a lovely mews house that belongs to a friend of mine.

mews' were originally the stables and service quarters of larger houses (in london) but in the modern context of them the cool thing is that they're usually interesting, in look and character and vibe - they ain't usually your typical flat ...

they tend to have loft-like features, odd doors, stable-like arches and anterooms, they tend to be in cobbled allees off the high street, facing each other across a narrow driveway ... they have a tendency to be just cool in comparison to the ordered sameness of the high streets they are behind.

anyhow, to do this dready i had to take a series of photographs of the mews and as i began to do the art and to think about, and look at the various views of the mews i had shot, it came to me that although i was drawing the mews face on, the fact that when i stood in front of the door of #3 and looked down the mews, it became less distinct the farther away i looked ...
except for #8 which was facing me at the other end ...

so one, the image mimics the way i put the photos together to work from and two, as you move along the art, to the left, less and less detail is drawn until you get to the far left, which although seemingly contiguous is, from my perspective actually facing me at the end of the mews.

that's my story and i'm sticking to it ...

dready likes london and i do too.

eh what!

Monday, August 26, 2013

the naked truth ...




                                  Red Headed Nude - Limited Edition Print 30x20

i have/had in mind a series of nudes, and below of others; the blue room nude, the little cayman nude (in hammock), which i think's a very cool image, this - Sunday's Nude.

and next maybe a male-female nude ...

somewhere on the pages below is a nude I drew by hand in colored pencil; I used mainly browns and yellows ... i used those same tones here; so whereas in the 'Blue Room' nude her edges and lines and contours and shadows are all black this nude's are all browns.

anyhow, it's cool and sexy and challenging to do these drawings ... very cool. and they help me craft my work ...

lower down, in the post about the cricket art, i talked about playing within the theme of dreadyness - about how you use the dimensionality, the blocks of colour, the simplicity, the whimsy, the use of rasta 'insignia', that are all keystones of dready art and the breaking them down into something else as a play on the art itself ... so you do that and it refreshes your brain and your creativity.

live naked

live free

Sunday, August 25, 2013

on the road to muro ...


                               
                           Road To Muro - Limited Edition Print 44x14

on the way to muro, majorca, the fields of wheat were golden and flowers dotted the banks of small roads. the village itself was clean and quiet - we entered it from the north-east through a cleft in rock from the days, I presume, when it was a fortress ... its streets and buildings paved in stone that was hued pink and yellow.

we weren't driving a renault 4 but they were everywhere (and a vw polo is so undreadyficated ...)

it's the essence I'm after ...

cool!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

A pink lit kind of summer for dready ...



it must have been a pink lit kind of summer because that colour is filling the images that the holidays inspired ...

i did two versions of this,  'ciao mennagio',  one with dready's Trustafarians below and one, which i kind of like, above.


mennagio is a town on lake como, in italy ...  a classic Fiat 500 fits the scene - it's a cute as hell car; just seeing it makes me smile. pretty central to the lake, where it Y's, mennagio is a lovely town and a ferry terminal for touring the lake; belaggio in the middle and varenna on the far bank ... they filmed the end of casino royal and the opening of quantum of solace there ...

... it wasn't the only pinkness of the summer and not the only car either ...

will see what images come next.

ciao rastafari ...

Friday, August 23, 2013

a serious tranquility ...




two things were going on around me; first they ve been advertising 'shark week' on tv like it was going out of style and then closer to home, here in cayman, there's been big chat about shark conservation programmes and the benefits of sharks to the ecosystem and to the tourism product ...

then I saw a very cool image ...

and it made me think about showing a shark, not being aggressive, but contemplative, serious, moving slowly through his ocean and then I decided to build on that subtle simple beauty: a ray of light, a coral fan, a few dready-ficated fish ...

tranquility ... a 'serious' tranquility

vibes!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

you looking' at me ...



              Pree Mart - Limited Edition Print 48x14

so, its been a while since i've drawn a completely new, totally traditional dready image; i've drawn some of the trustafarian ones - they have a character all their own - but nothing simply 'dready': in characters, in tone and in style ...

this one is based on two hand sketches that i'd done ...

to 'pree' is to look on someone, usually with a little touch of envy ... 'why yu a pree pan me' ...

but, ya know, sometimes people do things so they can be 'preed' upon ...

and so, in the case of this art you go to pree mart to buy the kind of things that will cause people to look at you but also the characters, in good traditional dready fashion, are all looking out, 'preeing' on you the viewer ... or perhaps you are 'preeing' pon dem

seeeeeen!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

lifestyles of the rich and famous ...




this dready started with the drawing of the figure on the left ... a cool photograph got me doing it and having drawn it i was looking for a setting for him and this began to emerge.

right now i'm calling it 'upper st andrew life' (but it could be 'LA life' or 'miami vice', both of which i also thought about ...)

kingston, jamaica, sits in the parish of st andrew and flows from the harbour, kingston itself, through the liguanea and up into the 7 hills that surround the coastal plain.

anything north and east of halfway tree, where the land starts to rise more quickly,  is considered 'upper st andrew' ... and the more upper you get, usually the wealthier you get. And in the cool mountain air it becomes not just a place but a lifestyle ...

livin' it large ...

Thursday, August 15, 2013

skateboarding dready ...




between the ages of 13 and 16, when i was at school in the great white north, stacey and i spent most days on skateboards (or bicycles) ...

you could ride the road from gordon head, down arbutus, to cadboro bay; 3 miles easily, mostly down hill all the way ... only drama is that you'd have to come back up again.

we loved boarding ... we never did this ... but i like the idea of this.

i call it 'the twins: a skateboarding epic'

peace

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

just chillin' ...





the dready chillin baseball cap was a bit of a classic: it was available in blue and tan and black with tan trim as pictured, but it hasn't seen the light of retail for about 3 years now ...

its been, yu know, chillin' ... but it soon come ... back.

easy nuh!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

dready's favorite cottage ...




somewhere in my semi distant past, i danced on the gateposts of this cottage, in the hills south of Montego Bay, to fleetwood mac's 'monday morning' ...

in my memory a storm, rains, were brewing in the distance to the south but maybe that's just my imagination - maybe it was the clouds of 'what you gonna do with your life' ... and so I wanted to kind of build the ominousness into the colour of the background sky while laying the sun down in the foreground.

i've been meaning to draw it for a long time ... i'm happy that i have now.

peace!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

the gentle pace of cricket ...



i like listening to cricket on the radio, when the test matches are on, it is one of the most soothing things in the world ...

two of those days of everlasting memory were spent with one grandfather at sabina park and another at some county ground near sevenoaks, kent; the noise of one and the green peace of the other.

cricket's a delightful day well spent, the gentle pace of the overs, the pause for tea, the smell of fresh mowed grass, the quiet movement of the fielders changing with each new bowler ...

dready is of course a cricket player ... but in this case for the need of the art and what i wanted to portray I've moved on to evolved characters and a slightly less two dimensional view -

sometimes it's nice to stretch the boundaries of the art that you're doing without completely leaving the box behind - so the simplicity is there, the large blocks of colour, the rastafication, but we've skewed it a liccle, turned it on its angle and played with it.

over ...

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

One Sunday at Tulloch ...




before i was dready, when i was a yute, ricky and i used to come to this fording, on a farm round the corner, and swim and look for freshwater shrimps and play the games small bwoys play ...

when i was a bigger yute i used to come here and near here and cut grass for auntie's horses.

and when i was a grown bwoy, and i was lucky, i got to come here and meet up with peoples on a sunday and we'd drink and eat and chat and hang with our toes in the water and our head in the clouds.
not enough times i might add ... 'cause it's a cool cool place and cool cool people, whom i love, meet there to hang.

now my children go there.

and so working on this dready ... and it ain't finished yet as of this iteration ... has been a great deal of pleasure.

live, love, life

Friday, July 26, 2013

Linda vista ... dready version of a view in Palma




i'm embarking on a dready art project that i like to think of as 'what i did in my summer holidays' ...

at school you used to get assignments to write about what you did in/on your holidays, and having just come back from a trip i decided to incorporate some of the things that we saw and did into a piece of art or several pieces of art ...

each place had a particular colour as well as a feeling or a vibe, yu know, as well as the whole trip having at its core something holistically special.

this one isn't really the project I have in mind, but an ancillary thingy thing  and is all about the view from the place we stayed in Palma (de Mallorca) ... or at least my version of the view, dready's version of the view ...

and with this 'what i did on my summer holidays' starts ...

bon voyage, nuh!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

totally nude ...




nudes are a whole genre of art in themselves and a challenging aspect of any drawing ... so ya know, i got 'drawn' to dem like anyone else ...

the trick was, is finding the way to do a nude and still have the simplicity of dreadyness in it, because the body is complex and full of lines ...



this first nude is good example - 'little cayman nude' she's called - the idea of the hammock hanging in air, the simple blocks of colour, the two dimensionality leaves no doubt that dready is there in the details ...

the second nude, 'blue room' nude, which I've just been working on, kinda pushes the boundaries of what is dreadyness, she and the art itself have more 'stuff' going on - and maybe she pushes it too far ... but, to take the eroticism completely out of it, in reality she's actually made up of very few 'bits', only about 15 ... so I still like her!


peace and love ...

Monday, June 3, 2013

dready f-type Jaguar with ostrich ...




i'd sworn i wasn't going to go anywhere near my computer last saturday and then i found myself doing this ... dready f-type jaguar ... with ostrich!

when i was a yute in jamaica my grandfather drove jaguars and i lived with my grandfather ... he loved jaguars.

i have vague memories of the jaguar before but i remember the 1968 xj6; it was an ugly green and had an automatic transmission with a small stylish lever and an engine that you couldn't see for the wires.

i broke that car twice ... once i broke the automatic transmission by fiddling and once i broke the car by rolling it backward out of the garage and over a low wall.

my father drove an e-type around the same time but i don't remember it ... i remember him driving a buick skylark convertible with red interior and us, in the back seat, headed out the palisadoes strip with the wind in our faces.

so, i have an affinity for jaguars; they're part of the joy of my childhood: grandpa and i took many journeys together in the jaguars; on his rounds as chairman of the board, out to the farm on wednesdays and saturdays, trips to country and up to the blue mountains ...

anyhow, if you don't get why the ostrich is there is because i imagined the car driving down european  roads ... and the sign says austria, in austrian, ostereich ... ostrich!

hmmmm!


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

the creative mind ...


i woke up this morning with this image pretty much fully formed in my head ...

and i could not wait to get to a computer and draw it ...

why it was there i cannot tell you, what it represents i do not know, why those shapes am not sure ...

but that is how they looked; as if smoke had taken a form, as if balloons had become distorted ... as if messages of colour had fluttered through an untethered sky.

and i called it 'rainbow' ... dready

peace and love ...

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

the wall full of happy ...



during the opening of the dready panorama exhibition a guest had called the display 'a room full of happy' ...

in the walking gallery of the Ritz today is a wall full of happy: the 'cayman catboat', the art version of the panorama, 'things that exist only in my fading memory', 'bone fishin2', the 'vespafari', 'smart car', 'little cayman flight' and the very first 'cayman panorama' which now seems kinda small in comparison ...

i'm, as the dooood says, 'pretty stoked' cause although the ritz gallery is a revolving, changing show, dready art hasn't left the walls in almost 2 years ...

cool ...

Monday, May 27, 2013

talking of which ...



on an irish wall dready doesn't at all seem out of place ...


Sunday, May 26, 2013

on seeing your ( Dready ) art on the wall ...


the place on the wall is the end result of your art ...


Dready's sense of purpose ...

coolness!

Friday, May 24, 2013

the house without the model ... dready.



i'm working on a series of Dready art that I want to think of as jamaican juxtapositions ...

i'm just getting into them now and i'm not sure what form they'll fully take, but ya know i like the idea and i like the thought of the fun with colors that i can have.

these are just two examples; the first is based on the 'naomi campbell cottage' at goldeneye - a liccle man in a liccle boat (named hustlin') in contrast with the pretty, rich man's cottage on the sea and another man who probably hustles on a completely different level ...

another is a juxtaposition between a 'big' house with all its architectural symmetry and style and a country man's off kilter home with its colour and verve.



jamaica is very much a land of these evident polar opposites; ramshackle houses on the road to great estates ...

don't get me wrong this is not a treatise on happiness or inequality or anything remotely political ... cause my liccle ben' up country home may hold a happier life than the big house ever did ...

i lived in enough places amongst enough people to know that a perception of poverty is not a reality of poverty that the man living in a clean dirt floored thatch house in the wilds of belize ain't necessarily any poorer than the dood in the penthouse at the bottom of yonge street.

livin' and lovin'!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Relaxed at the Turtle Bay Bristol opening with dready



https://soundcloud.com/dreadyworld-shane/turtle-bay-mix-olb#play


a radio interview, or at least part of the whole, at the opening of Turtle Bay restaurant in Bristol ... for what it's worth doing radio interviews are fairly easy, there's no pressure, even live, the interviewer does all the work really, you just chat ...


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

And then the Dready Tshirt ...



dready Tshirts should have arrived at Turtle Bay restaurants in UK, today 8th May 2013 ...
the coconut cart in the image is an integral part of the Turtle Bay branding and so i used it and slipped two dready characters (the Trustafarians, two of my favorites) onto the cart ...

let me just take a moment to say the shirts came from brussels belgium, supplied by scimitar sports out of worcester england and were printed at wild thang limited in liverpool ... we stuck very close to home on the production of these; that was important to us (even though we had an opportunity to produce in china) as it always is when dready produces his own shirts.

the idea of Dready Tshirts is that the image on the shirt should match the art that you hang on the wall; this makes it a pretty difficult printing process in screen printing because it takes a lot of colours and specialist printers ... but in the end it's also what makes the a dready transcend the normal T.

turtle bay is a caribbean themed restaurant chain in the uk and dready got together with them and then the cayman dept of tourism joined with us and together we're a bit of a triumvirate of caribbean coolness. the department of tourism is running a 3 month promotion with turtle bay in which customers get a chance to win a trip to cayman and in conjunction dready is giving away art.

you can see the Tshirts here and at www.turtlebay.co.uk or visit any of the turtle bay restaurant locations, Milton Keynes, Bristol, Southampton and Nottingham ... i've eaten there and the food my lovelies is delicious.

love the shirt, love life, love the dready

And then Dready Postcard to match ...


holiday homes have names, it's like a given thing, like death and taxes kinda things ...

anyhow, dready and I did a sign for a house called 'no big ting' in the cayman islands
and then we did a design for beer cozies (as you do; gotta have somewhere to put your caybrew!)
and den we ve done some cards for the house ... cool huh?

it's like accessorizing your dready art.

easy skanking!


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Dready in the press




http://www.compasscayman.com/journal/2013/05/01/Welcome-to-Dready-s-world/


This is a story in the Business Journal about the dready panorama exhibition.

sweeeeeet!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

dready and Turtle Bay Bristol Opening


second from right at the Bristol opening of Turtle Bay restaurant.

Turtle Bay is a fast growing chain of Caribbean themed restaurants in the UK and dready art and the Cayman Dept of Tourism have joined them in a promotion offering a trip to Cayman for the winners and dready art for the runner up.

in addition Turtle Bay is carrying dready-turtle bay coconut man Tshirts ... very cool ones.

so, go to turtle bay, eat the curry goat, enter the contest, buy a dready T shirt, win the prize, go to cayman and meet artist ...

big up!


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Dready pirates of the caribbean ...

there was a time in the history of the caribbean when pirates/privateers/buccaneers were given a charter to harass ... the French gave charter to harass the English, the English gave charter to harass the french; a time when pirates were lauded rather than criminalized.

Port Royal, a buccaneer port in Jamaica became one of the wealthiest ports in the world. a privateer, Henry Morgan became governor of Jamaica.

every year, in November, the Cayman Islands celebrates pirates week, beginning with the pirates landing and the symbolic capture of the governor and then setting off on a week of festivities and cultural district days to celebrate a small part of its history as a place where privateers came to stock up on rope, turtle and water and careen and clean their boats

i first did the dready pirate skull and cross-bones as part of a pirates week design, it was on a flag in the art ... it has red yellow and green lines in the skull, a nod to rasta colours (african colours) that are always a part of the Caribbean theme, an indication of the important role west africa has played in the history of the americas ... and a gold tooth and earring for an extra bit of whimsy ...

is a very simple but cool design. i want to use it on surfboards and skateboards.

aaaar!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Dready for Turtle Bay


if you're in the UK between May and July of 2013 you can go into a Turtle Bay restaurant, Bristol, Nottingham, Milton Keynes and Southhampton (and coming in London and other locations) and get a chance to win a very limited edition piece of dready art and an all expenses paid vacation to the Cayman Islands.

it's 40 inches long on canvas, there'll only be 15 ever made ... it's called the coconut man.

i really love this image, think its very cool - it uses two dready characters that i've come to think of as the 'Trustafarians' and whom i put into all sorts of situations.

they make me smile ...

don't it!

buying a dready


i do some 40 plus dready commissions a year and in between i do print series and wedding invites and card designs and Tshirt ideas and stuff and t'ing ...

the goal is to get to a place where you can have and see and find dready art in different, accessible and beautiful ways.

above is a birthday commission for someone ... the look of happiness on his face as he examined the aspects of his life that people felt would hold special meaning for him, how he bent in close to the canvas to see the little details was a very cool thing to see.

zeeeeen!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

new Dready s in the works

there are two things in 'business', continuity and change - there has to be that basic underlying principle or idea on which your foundation sits and there has to be a constant evolution at the same time to keep things alive and interesting for your customers ...

innovative constancy if you will!

to that end 1) all the original dready stuff is still available and as I evolve I try to keep my eye and mind on that.
                 2) i'm constantly evolving with dready art, each new commission plays with either the original tenet and stretches the idea of it or takes me off in a new direction, one that in itself evolves ...

I try to stick to simplicity, it's the dready signature, an indication of a thing rather than the thing itself, simple backgrounds, simple lines ... that said some images are more simple than others, some lines more defined.

side by side in the dready T shirt image above is a more refined character and an original chicken ... not so far apart when you get right down to it ...

peace and love and evolution!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

a panorama in the true sense ... dready style


the room, when it was done was transformed, floor to ceiling, 105 foot around, 360 degrees, doors painted to match the scene ... a dready panorama in the true sense.

during the show one guest said to me that it was like 'a room full of happy' ... very cool.

big up!