Sunday, December 28, 2014
Dready of Cotton Tree Hotel - 60x40 - Original Commission on Canvas
this dready was an amazing commission for me to do; grand and big and intricate and challenging … and in the end very beautiful.
it started with a sneaky stay at Cotton Tree Hotel - because the commission was a secret - which is unique, in Cayman; there is no other true boutique hotel; and it is very very nice …
private cottage, private chef, private time …
Cotton Tree wasnt new to me, been there many times, but this time we tried to absorb it all … photographed everything … worked mentally on the elements that would be included …
there is a heron in the top right of this dready that is actually from my very first bit of work for cotton tree, years ago when they opened years ago - it was a card called 'the elements of cotton tree'
the concept took me a long time to 'imagine' … I had had the idea very early on but I couldn't make the next step and translate, visualize how I was going to get that onto canvas - this idea of something that was part plan, part elevation, part something else all together ...
And then it happened with a simple thing - I'd drawn the 'plan' of the property, the two shades of green, the beach, the shades of the sea - and one day i turned the image 180 degrees and flipped it so that I was looking at the plan of the property from the road …
simple as that and my head clicked and I saw it all ... then began to draw the cottages as if I were looking at them from the sea - and drew the 'elements' from the view, the angle of them I'd felt was best.
… It was that simple flipping of the plan part of the drawing, that suddenly did it for me - that transcended the image from nothing, into a dready.
The last finishing touch, that flourish I can't take credit for alone, because it came from the final chat with the people who'd commissioned the art in the first place … the poinciana tree, in full bloom, in the middle of the drawing finishes it, lifts it to another level and although I might have drawn it, it wouldn't be there if it weren't for the wonderful process of how doing a dready commission works … the interaction with the client and their input into the finished product.
Friday, December 12, 2014
dready art sea grape forest -
the beach 'round here used to be more full of sea grape - hurricane ivan mash them up, and the mangrove too, but elsewhere, above the tide line, the sea grapes flourish.
there's a single sea grape, creating an arbor, in the corner of the garden, under which, is a day bed, shaded by the branches and the leaves ... and i have 2 little sea grape trees growing at the edge of the beach.
there's a 'character' to the trees; mottled and nobly, with branches growing off in all sorts of directions.
you can make jams and jellys from the grapes, or eat them when they ripe … the wood makes good fire; in their shade crabs crawl and birds make their nests.
so sea grapes are a thing around here, part of the scenery and I had to fit some into a commission - and as I did they seemed to warrant a life of their own - they have an importance, a significance of place … so here they are.
in the end I chose to portray only what was under the canopy, I left out the leaves - they're only indicated by the shadows on the ground … it's because you, i never notice them really; i hear them rattle together above me ...
Monday, December 8, 2014
Dready art Horse/Krispy Kreme 20x30 -
did i mention i love a horse …
i don't ride so much any more, once every couple of years i get on, but there was a time when i rode every day for 'work'; i would ride every day now if it were easy … i been riding all my life from i was a yute; people used to take me on horses as a baby, grandpa let me ride the mule from i was small small … i love a horse.
the other day i was looking through some photos, and saw one of a horse that caught my eye (did i mention i love a horse …) and i set it aside in a file, and then, i was looking at the drawing I did of the polo girl, an i got the urge to draw another horse.
and this dready is the end result; the building of an image around the horse … the broken, old fashioned, 'sugar copper' on the hillside is a 'throwback' to older days at a place called goshen, where horses and grandparents were part of the furniture ... rolling green hills of memory, dogs and clear blue skies …
memories, nuh …
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
winston the red nosed reindeer - free christmas card
so then you extrapolate the thing and it becomes something …
in this case winston (named by johnny) takes on his own life and he embraces his jamaican-ness …
… a conversation, between jamaicans, always seems like is an argument - is not an argument is only a discussion, but is full of touching and poking and sharp gestures and punctuated with plenty bad words and squints and scowls and furrows in the brow …
and so winston, mistaken for rudolph, is simply telling you the truth of the matter …
Thursday, November 20, 2014
dready art rasta reindeer - image 12x12
so, here i was, doing a christmas card, based on a piece of dready art that is hanging in a conference room …
is not a very christmasy dready, is very cool, but is not christmasy …
then there's the cards, the cards have a template that is 9x6 … they're emailable jpegs with an image 9x3 at the top; so there isn't much space to make your statement …
and then they said, could you make it 'more' christmasy - eeeeeeeek! …
'rudolph the rasta reindeer' was the solution …
peace and love
dready personalized christmas card
this one happens to take the shape of a christmas card but people seem to like having their houses done in the dready style …
is cool, this bright, strong, simple expression of a house, the search for the right angle from which to portray it, the key elements that you want to express … how to show their lives in a very simple idea …
i like these portraits of houses, of buildings …
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
dready db5 with bond - 40x14
mark said … "A deep vein of Jamaican nostalgia here Shane. Currently reading "Goldeneye" about Fleming in Jamaica…. he put a lot of himself into the books." …
there's nostalgia everywhere in the work that i do, but it wasn't strictly nostalgia that got me drawing bond and the db: i had a project that required him, he was asked for …
nostalgia came through in the drawing of it though, especially as I moved him from a place in the project to a place of his own -
january 1962 principle filming on Dr. No, started in Jamaica, the first of many bonds to come …
ian fleming wrote the novels, all of them, in jamaica … if you go to his house, goldeneye, now a hotel, you can see the scenery of the novels everywhere.
i was at goldeneye just last month, we went for a wander around - well truthfully i went for a lie down 'cause i had chikungunya, the others walked around; but i've been several times - is a gorgeous lovely property in itself and a gorgeous lovely hotel as well.
so, with nostalgia firmly in mind, i drew bond with his db6 and the goat of ancient memory, as i am want to do of recent - a nod to bond's jamaican-ness ...
and then, in version 2, I took it another step and replaced bond with dready on the hood of the car … the goat remained …
dready art christmas card for compass marine
in dready's world we do christmas cards, for a few of the friends who ask early enough, for free - a little bit of giving.
every year we also do some generic christmas cards that people can use to pass around and celebrate the season …
this one is always my favourite.
dready here's wishing you rum and a furry red hat christmas card.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
dready art beach cabana - Limited Edition print 19x9
on saturdays with my mother she would often take me to 'the beach', at morgans harbour, sit in a chair and sun herself, while i swam in the sea pool, drank lime squash from the bar - i still love me a club sandwich - and tried to come face to face with the barracuda that lived in the corner.
ocho ríos on a weekend… bonfires on colder beaches in my teenage years ... watching the sun come up over helshire on holidays … sitting on the rocks outside my canadian bedroom watching the whales go by … miami and hollywood beach with friends, in my 20's … sundays in cayman on the sand, in the water …
the beach plays an integral part in the life of any caribbean bwoy … fish fry, rum-punch, propinquity …
now i have the good fortune to live and love on a beach …
but in it all there's always the need for a liccle piece of shade to cool out inna!
at the confluence of the forth-clyde canals, at a place called falkirk, in scotland, stand two massive stainless steel horse head sculptures, the kelpies … they are absolutely, completely amazing.
simpler things, equally beautiful, sit on the canal, equally cool ...
it was raining, little misting rain; we were on our way from perthshire to edinburgh; i was wondering if this would be the last summer together with the children, they getting big now, going their own ways - at least emotionally - wanting to do their own things.
it was a moment …
and in that moment this boat, against the far bank, caught my imagination … and metaphorically, at least now, looking back at it, it suits the moment - this idea of potentially setting sail.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
dready art e-type jag - 40x10 limited edition print
my father drove an e-type, red like this one, but convertible - i prefer the styling of the coupe; it could be the best looking car ever built, could be, but either way you see it, it's a damn sexy looking beast.
my sister tells me that she has bad memories of my father's e-type, i have none - by the time my recollections come along he's driving a buick skylark convertible - which, looking back, seems as out of place in Jamaica as the e-type does; this was a time of morris' and triumphs and vauxhalls and land rovers.
anyhow, is not why i drew the car - it is emblematic … as is the goat! … is a thing of a time and place and playing with that time and place in a setting that ain't 1963.
i'd actually been thinking of a school they'd sent me to, in a far away and cold land, against the malvern hills, as a small small bwoy, when i drew this - i'd been going to include a silhouette of the school, but instead is just the line of hills - and a pair of parents, that i recall, through the haze of intervening history, pulling up in their e-type to take their son out on exeat.
the art is long and thin, like the car, leaving a lot of open space for that bonnet to go toward - i feel like i've been drawing a lot of cars lately, but when I get to the counting, there are actually only 7 cars in the last 30 something posts - so ya know, not really ...
history … his story!
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
1963 mini cooper - 24x24 limited edition print - dready
mickey drove a mini when i was a yute; all 6 foot plenty of him crammed into its white smallness … his knees up around where his hands were on the steering wheel: then he bought a morris marina and mumsy drove the mini …
mumsy drove the mini with the windows closed in the hot jamaica heat …
Thursday, October 16, 2014
high up above kingston there is a different jamaica, cold - and I mean cold, 58 degrees in the morning -
green, lush, sub tropical … pine trees, steep hillsides, coffee plantations, afternoon mists …
and I wanted to do a dready of that.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
New York Skyline - 54x14 Very Limited Edition print (# of 25)
we are not all conscience, don't get me wrong, but art and charity seem to go together - tangible little tokens that people can take home in exchange for a donation.
dready has chosen though, not to wait to be asked, but, to actively think about things, or people that have a distinct meaning to us - things that involve children and the environment, both are our future.
above is a new york skyline that made up part of an original commission for a family whose charitable focus was children's tumor foundation; and so every skyline sold, no matter where or to whom, donates to the tumor foundation.
Lionfish - 24x24 unlimited edition
we're off next week to begin an adventure with The Jamaica Environmental Trust - JET, is an activist/action and lobbying group deeply interested in protecting the Jamaican environment … they have an uphill battle.
one of JET's projects is the saving of goat island, a fragile little slice of uninhabited ecosystem, so, last month dready set aside 3 pieces of art, with a possible 2 more to follow, all featuring goats, that would, when sold, no matter where, donate a portion of dollars to JET.
these are the continuing little gifts, simple, easy giving … if you're interested all you have to do is buy, the rest takes care of itself.
peace and love
Thursday, September 11, 2014
the idea for this commission, is a series in which dready characters, and stuff related to the history of the particular person, make their way through 18th century lithographic images …
the first task was to create the character of the dooood in question, and then to alter him, dress him up, based on each image … in this case he is 'the explorer'
… and he's coming to the caribbean and discovering that civilization already exists!
this print is from an original Lithograph by Bartholemew Kidd and was/is of a house near Kingston. Kidd and others like him toured the empires drawing what they saw and creating a lithographic history of the colonial 18th century (and not just of Jamaica).
I grew up with these lithographs, framed, and on the walls of houses I lived in and visited all through my yute-ishness and adulthood, some of them lurk on my own walls and I have a folio with 50 sheafs printed from the original lithograph plates.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Dready Lyrics Degree - 44x11 Limited Edition Print
i wanted to draw another version of a classic Vespa, from the front this time; is just a t'ing, something swirling around inside my head.
then i had an idea of how to populate the scene with a long legged girl, leaning against the bike and a doood ... in a moment.
in this neck of the woods, the world from which I come, when you can chat or chat up is said that you have a 'lyrics degree', you can give the girl them lyrics or give the bwoy them message ... so doood is chatting to a girl, and she, leaning on a Vespa, is chatting to him, her body position is open, he's relaxed and the dog, the dog looks on ...
i wanted length in the image and I wanted simplicity ... a ray of sunlight through the trees of my mind filters through and illuminates 3 flowers; I like those flowers and they kinda represent the nature that is not in the image because all that grayness represents the city (and makes the colours of the important things pop!)
Monday, August 18, 2014
Dready Art Wine Glass and Plate of Green - Limited Edition Print 60x40
i like food, like to cook ...
is kinda a t'ing with west indian men that they know how to cook; that yu granny did teach yu how fi bwoil up a stiff stiff dumplin' - actually I think it was miss mirriam taught me how to roll and kneed and press a dumplin till it was tight and how to cook a brown stew chicken ...
and i like the way wine goes with food.
but ya know, I also do art.
and a few years ago, well, a food and wine festival asked me to do a dready art logo for their inaugural event at a new venue and this was the art for it ...
and am still selling prints of it today ... an' it's big, 5 foot by 3.5 feet big - it fills up a wall with green and cool ...
with envy ...
Saturday, August 9, 2014
so, when i was a small small bwoy there were Honda 50's all over the place in Jamaica, they and ford escort were like the peoples transport … well that and bicycle which you would ride with 'skeng foot' …
Neathersole the gardner had a honda 50 and he used to let me ride on the back round the garden …
… an affinity; emotional, visual etc … you know. Anyhow, they are very very retro cool ...
the idea behind the original dready art 'Vespafari' when I drew it was going to be to draw the honda 50, but I ended up drawing a Vespa instead … because why, 'cause they're also very very cool and the name, Vespafari - you just can't do that with Honda 50!
so, anyhow, the point is I been dying to draw this image for ages ...
coolness all 'round …
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
i had a window on to the grand canal, at canal level, near san samuele as i drew this bit of dready art … life was literally passing me by … the boats, the gondalas, the taxis, the ferries …
but it was the taxis that thrilled me with their highly glazed wood, the drivers only half piloting the boats as they text and talk on their cell phones … even the gondolas didn't compare for me.
I been fascinated by 'slipper boats' and rivas and thames launches and t'ings like that for years; their styling the glazed mahogany, the classic lines … and these have that same panache.
… in spades.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Dready Art Caribbean Blazed Shrimp - Limited Edition Print 22x14
ganja often makes an appearance in dready art ...
is not because i approve or disapprove of weed but because dready is, at its grass roots, whimsically linked to my heritage.
West Indian's smoke weed - i've heard it said that 67% of Jamaicans smoke weed and knowing a few other islands pretty well, i'mma kinda figure that that number's pretty good for most of the Caribbean.
... someone asked me to draw a shrimp, a prawn actually, as a gift for a friend who is a chef and asked me to do it in the traditional dready style, which would include: simplicity, bold colour, red yellow and green, whimsy and weed.
so, Caribbean Blazed Prawn ...
Monday, June 30, 2014
Dready Skater Girl - Limited Edition Print 24x24
the simplest of things can inspire you when you're doing a piece of art, in this case it was the girl's body position - something very cool about it.
used to love skateboarding down the road as a yute and every now and again I do it still (imagine that), but this island where i live is flat like a pancake, the highest point is the garbage dump ... there's a great skate park but it's way beyond my skill set.
I want room to roam, ya know; is like riding a horse in a ring, cool enough but it's so much nicer on a trail - the last time i skateboarded was in the high-rise car park ... not scenic, not very nice.
anyhow, she looked real cool and free and having fun and so i drew her and because it reminded me of all that ...
Friday, June 27, 2014
Dready s 'The Portrait of 5 Minutes before the Portrait' - Original on Canvas 28 x 18
once upon a time there was this family portrait i had to do; is an old, well known jamaican family, with a regal matriarch, and an entrenchment in society going back back back in time and i know them from time, my father, my grandfather ...
so, i had this idea for a 'royal' portrait - but with a twist; it was to be 'those moments just before a royal portrait'.
what would people be doing? how would they look?
so people are having a drink, there's a cigarette burning on the mantelpiece, mother hasn't decided where she's going to stand or sit, the cat's under the sofa, dad is lounging in his seat, everybody's chatting, somebody is pointing out at the camera-man, they're waiting for instruction ... but soon, soon they'll be posed and poised ...
we've caught them in a moment.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
i'm a lucky man 'cause if dreadys are cool in abstract on the computer screen, they are even more so in person; in person they glow.
there's a bit of 'way', in which we like to frame dreadys, that is a little outside the norm:
on canvas - traditionally canvas art is stretched with colour all the way around the bars of wood … but, dreadys, already framed inside an outline of black, seem to like an inch of clean white canvas all the way around the image, drawing your eye into the art. Glenn, who does most of the dready framing locally came up with the idea and we've been running with it since.
the framing can be anything simple and preferably wide. shadow box framing works well with canvases.
on paper - watercolour paper works well for dreadys but the framing is not so untraditional - we still like to leave an inch of white but it's no longer necessary, because you can use wide matting, at least 3 inches, to draw the eye to the art in the middle. Two shades of matting, one thick, one thin work well - there's a lot of colour in the art. framing is best with the use simple, modern designs, thick frames … black, bronze, deep browns work well.
I like wide simple frames, because the art is modern; I like shadow box framing with the canvases. I like wide framing and wide matting. experiments with coloured frames have worked really well if the space they're going in is modern itself.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
you struggle with the idea for a dready sometimes - how are you going to portray something that somebody wants in a way that works for dready art ... and this, this is just half the image, but this was the key for me, this scene took an image that was feeling ordinary and changed it.
i spent quite a bit of time in new york in the late 80's and again in the early 2000's - spent 10 weeks in just one year: queens, upper west side, lower east against the river, travelled with yardies who had grown up in new york, saw the city, did new jersey, long island and connecticut ... i'll be straight up, I prefer London, hands down, on every level.
new york does have better bagels!
but this wasn t about me, it was about what the client liked and she likes new york, she prefers new york to london ...
anyhow, i drew an awesome new york ...
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Cotswolds Portrait - Original on Canvas 40x14
this is a new new thing ... this is the first commission by someone out of the normal course of things out of the normal loop, someone removed from the sphere of influence; this is 3rd party art, word of mouth art.
this is cool art.
the cotswolds is one of those fantasy holiday areas; it is in the west of england, close to wales, it is full of quaint cottages and lakes and streams and rivers and rolling hills, often bucolic and certainly beautiful ...
like the dready art itself though, this is a modern cottage.
i went to boarding school, for a time just beyond the cotswolds in the malvern hills ... beautiful now, then in was the anathema of a little west indian yute ... hate is probably too strong a word actually; I hated going, but once settled in, life at school was actually pretty cool, the malvern hills were full of adventure for boys and school was never arduous - good food, nice boys, sports, games, first in the bracken, walks in the hills ...
i like the mallard entering the scene from the right, the boat at the shore ... hidden in the picture is a dready chicken because I couldn't find a suitable place for a touch of the west indies/caribbean; I'd thought of naming the boat in red yellow and green, but it didn't fit nicely.
funny the things that go into a piece of art, we actually had a discussion about how the sunglasses were to sit on the father's head ... I liked them sitting on top, not over his eyes and someone suggested that this was more open, engaged; the process of getting to the end of a commission is very cool indeed.
Sunday, June 1, 2014
the remit for this dready was a busy london, a quiet cayman beach and wimbledon ... and tie them together somehow.
and they had to fit a 14 foot wall without the cost of 14 foot of art!
oooh and they had to have a blue vespa and they had to have a dready chicken!
so the idea was a triptych of 3 separate pieces making up the one piece so you could spread them out a 'liccle' bit across the 14 foot wall and still consider it a single image.
I been to wimbledon, not the tennis, the place, the 'common' - cyant remember why ... probably something to do with charlie who lives near-ish by.
so cool for me was that this piece of dready art lead directly to the development of an even larger London background and to another piece of art completely ... the bowler hatted man, with his bare feet and a goat that's below in the blog. And the two tennis players ... love them, they're cool... and the girl casually leaning on the vespa ...
Sunday, May 25, 2014
A Man his dog and his boat - Original on Canvas 40x13
so, see me here continuing the commission of the tin tin inspired dready art, of the adventures of a man and his dog ...
as a yute I loved comic books, loved tin tin ... there was this series of 'commando' comics; small book like comics with world war two stories, very cool - I can remember in belize sitting in the works yard with clarkie and the men all of us reading and swapping commando comics over a lunch time, the smell of diesel and burnt oil ...
they write, or they used to write, tin tin in all sort of european languages, tin tin and astrix and obelisk, in dead and dying ones too, languages like basque and catalan and provencal and latin - they never came in patois! - so that kids in school could use them to learn. somewhere stashed away I have a bunch of them, including some in french.
Over and Under - Original on Canvas 26x26
so, a couple, young and making their lives together, who live in chicago, wanted to commission a piece of dready art about cayman and the times they've spent here.
it is their 2nd piece of dready art.
and here it is ... simple and cool ... over and under.
i like living in cayman.
even if we don't consider the time I spent here as a yute - i have now been here twice as long as anywhere else i have lived (and there been a few) - Belize don't count 'cause I visited my father there every year for 22 years but is not the same as living in a place, zeeeen; jamaica don't count 'cause I was gone by 13 (gone to boarding school at 9), even though my mummy was still there.
and people that come here tend to like it too: is a comfortable, progressive, easy place, all the beauty in the world looking out to sea; modern, friendly, inclusive - hell of a lifestyle - all that and still a little piece of the caribbean; which is good for an island bwoy.
is my home.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
I was working on 2 dready images this week, both to do with london and for one of them i drew the above character as kinda background noise ...
and i liked him. and then i started to envisage him in a dready all of his own and how that might look ...
an estimated 4% of londoners are of Jamaican heritage; children of a diaspora that started in the late 50's and eventually saw the country bled of its middle classes; black, white, chinese, indian ...
but there are also trinis and bajans and antiguans and grenadians ... people of mixed caribbean heritage make up the fastest growing portion of the population of uk.
so, here yu have him, all suited up, bowler hatted, but without he shoes ... looking, for all intents and purposes, like an englishman but his bare feet and his goat tell you he's not.
And in the end it evolved to loose the london visuals and just be a man and a goat without the background distractions to influence your perceptions.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
1963 Kombi VDub - Limited Edition Print 24x24
I have worked on a bunch of dready cars the last 3 weeks ...
I think this might be the last one for a bit ...
the (1963) volkswagen kombi bus is iconic, it symbolizes peace and love and freedom.
not much else a dooood can say to top that.
if there were a headline it would read: dready takes to the streets of London with yogo yoga ...
every now and again somebody asks me to dready - fy their business ...
i did one for a business consulting company a while ago and last week i did this for yogo yoga in london for her biz cards and a more detailed dready for her website and we'll work on her collateral as needed.
there's a few very cool things about this; firstly it is a thing indicative of the world today and of dready -
I'm sitting here at home in cayman and doing a piece of art for someone in london.
I send the files of my design over to a friend, remotely, also living in cayman but from dublin - he is a talented graphic designer, and he takes my mock-up and finishes it off and emails it back to me better than before, and i send it off to london to be printed.
dready is global. that is now a fact and that is cool - I have pieces of art doing right now for London, New Zealand, Saudi, Thailand, ohio, jamaica, puerto rico, Ireland and cayman ...
is a modern world!
peace, strength, happiness, health!
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
So ... I have to admit I'm having a moment with goats ... is a Jamaican thing, or t'ing if you prefer ... is a t'ing.
just in case you're coming to this for the first time, i'm a born jamaican, dready is a born jamaican, although we both spend our lives in other places these days; he in my imagination and me, in the cayman islands.
everywhere you go in Jamaica there are goats, the crazy t'ing is that these goats ain't feral, they not wild, they is peoples' goats and when the peoples' are ready, they come they get a goat and they eat its rass!
presumably in between the goats go home and eat some goat feed, but in the meantime they wander about, like as if they was wild, just doing their own t'ing.
I like curried goat. I like roasted goat. I like live goat I like dead goat ... goats are cool. A goat sitting in the back of a 1963 356B is supah cool!
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
BMW Isetta - Limited Edition Print 24x24
some of the keys to dready art are its whimsy and its simplicity ...
if you looking for whimsy and you want to draw a bmw, then an isetta is the bmw you want to draw.
i followed my grandparents to victoria, bc, canada, when they moved from jamaica looking for a place to live ... and down the road from their house, in cadboro bay, stacey and i came across a man who fixed up old cars.
he always had some cool things working on ... first place i saw a 1960's honda 2000 ...
it was right there in that driveway that a little underlying fascination started to grip this yute 'bout old cyar.
anyhow, man said 'would you draw a bmw?' ...
peace and love.
Monday, April 28, 2014
Tuk Tuk Too - Limited Edition Print 24x24
I just love the simple fun coolness of this dready art tuk tuk ...
the warm very 'indian' colours, the kinds that match the baskets of spices in a bombay/mumbai market ...
the goat sticking its head out the left side ...
Sunday, April 27, 2014
a woman, a friend of a friend, that i know, in that modern way of online friendship across worlds and places, having never actually met face to face, is a photographer: an adventure sports photographer. and to rass, she's very good at what she does ...
she shot a photograph of a friend hiking in for a ski; alotta sky, a little snow and a single backcountry skier portaging in.
i was inspired by it, but had the idea of a dready with 3 skiers, dressed in red, yellow and green - cause, ya know, mus' have the rasta colours in the art - and a slightly steeper traverse.
i been working in squares and in relative simplicities these last few weeks and melody's photo spoke to that ... and i ... ah never mind!
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Tuk Tuk, Plaid - Limited Edition Print 24x24
okay so, tuk tuk's are not part of the caribbean t'ing, the vernacular, you don't see them around but you should, 'cause they're cool.
You see them in Europe, italy really, as ice cream vans and service vehicles and stuff and they're all over asia.
the idea of drawing one actually started with an ice cream van in italy that i was going to do ... a gelateria on wheels under the shade of a big big chestnut tree at the side of lake como ...
and then i'd gotten a commission to do a piece of art for a gentleman of sri lankan heritage and the tuk tuk became part of that ... a tuk tuk and an elephant!
in asia tuk tuks are taxis and so they vie for attention with colour and verve and style and t'ing and so I thought that I might have some fun by using available colour swatches and creating a series of tuk tuks around that.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
... a commission to do 3 dready art images that relate to a guy's life and it had to include his dog(s)
I started out with a very pop art poster idea and a terracotta background ... it was strong and you could feel the heat coming off of it like a desert ...
but as I continued to draw the TinTin-ishness of the whole thing came to mind; the dog in the goggles, the vespa's style and so it began to evolve and the terracotta colour became instead a spanish vase ... an old one that is in the garden, not his garden, our garden.
i'd like to say that it was a gift from my father, but it wasn't really - he always had these antique spanish jars when i was a bwoy and he took a bunch from Jamaica to Belize when he moved and they were at the base of the stilts that held the house up ...
and he took one to florida where he had a small townhouse.
we, PG and I, were packing up the townhouse years later; the old bwoy was moving from belize to guatemala and PG called him and said 'I'm giving Shane whatever he wants out of the house' ...
I got the Spanish jar and a Dutch painting ...
anyhow the spanish jars are evocative for me ...
at a bend in the river a natural pool, the water cool and fresh ... the word Jamaica's supposed to mean land of wood and water.
so here i find myself, swimming and it's near a house, a lovely house, a cool house belonging to one of the world's great cool dooods ...
and I know am gonna draw a dready of the house and the swimming hole ... dunno what is gonna look like yet, but I gonna draw it ...
hear what I seh!
Monday, April 7, 2014
The last few weeks been all about memories ...
the Round Hill art show week was all about memories of Jamaica; places I grown up, spots I'd been to and t'ings I'd seen and done ... and the Jamaican art i produced on the back of it.
Then my uncle died and we all gathered for the funeral in Moneague and then Montego Bay for the party to see his duppy off in style - he was young, only 7 years older, so he was as close to me as he was to my mother - and we all had stories to tell:
many of them included car crashes, all of them included red stripe and rum ...
and all this, these times and places - the incidents of life ... they're all there in the art
Saturday, March 15, 2014
this week i've been doing a dready art exhibition at round hill resort, just outside montego bay jamaica and as said in the post below i have a lovely historical relationship with round hill
but, anyhow, the lobby building at round hill is actually based on the 'coach house' at a farm called good hope, near falmouth, on the other side of montego bay - it is a lovely 1760's ish cut stone georgian building addended to the good hope great house - i have the good fortune of being in both places, round hill for my days while doing the dready exhibition and good hope, where am staying, for my nights and mornings
my cousin lives at good hope and his brother in law, who works on the farm, lives in the coach house ... he also often lives in salmon coloured jeans.
live love life
Thursday, March 13, 2014
photo courtesy of Suki Macdonld
last night was the launch of a dready art show at Round Hill hotel.
very cool for me because i've exhibited in many places but never jamaican themed art, back at home in jamaica.
it was a double whammy of an evening, actually, because at the exact same time as i was exhibiting in jamaica i was, back in cayman, being inducted into the national collection of the national gallery of the cayman islands.
round hill is lovely; in olden days, when i was more yute-ish, mummy was close with the manager - a lovely man named john terry - and we'd go there on weekends to see JT and hang out and t'ing.
round hill was started by john pringle - pringle was 1st cousin to my godfather and they'd grown up in the same house - and especially late in his life i spent some really nice time with pringle in cayman - oddly, his was also a funeral that i'll well remember and perhaps the only funeral i've ever been invited to.
so anyhow, nice nice to be there hanging out and being hung with - i felt really loved by a lot of people; by friends and family and guests of the hotel.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Kite Surfer - Limited Edition Print 36x14
it was cool the other day 'cause someone said, outta the blue, "do you have a kiteboarding dready"
and ya know what ... i did.
i've got a lot of dreadyness I've done over 300 original images in the last 5.5 years ...
and it ain't all Cayman art
Monday, March 3, 2014
having just finished the art above, polo girl 3 (a very evolved dready) i was having a chat, last friday night, out at dinner, with a doood i've known for a long while.
He was discussing with me the purity of dreadyness ...
and he, being a brandmeister, was dismayed that i hadn't completely stuck with the original essence of 'dready' which he felt had an authenticity to it and that some of the newer work was sometimes incongruous and often, he felt, cold ...
and for the most part i disagree with him ...
you see when i first started this idea, dready was a character, in caribbean cliche scenes, very rustic, very faux primitive, designed for post cards and t shirts to tourists.
as tourism failed and then collapsed altogether that vision of dready needed to evolve or fail with it.
and that evolution came in the form of original art commissions and art prints.
and then there were things that people wanted to portray in their art that couldn't be done with 'dready' as he didn't fit ... so not that he died, he stayed within the realm of his corner of the art and the name, dready, became instead, my signature on the art.
the art then became a revolution in itself and my want to portray things outside of the realm of 'dready', while being cognizant, one, that I wanted to stay true to the idea of the inherent simplicity of dready and two, the forms that the art had been designed to take and that I didn't not want to do dready, i did, but I wanted him to be part of a bigger thing.
I wanted him to find his place in a group of art by the artist dready.
and here we have a crux and this is where the brandmeister was wrong - he considered dready to be the brand ... but the signature is the brand.