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Saturday, March 15, 2014

What dready did while sitting at Round Hill ... Jamaican art

                          Good Hope Coach House - Limited Edition Print 24x30

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

working the room

                                                                                             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.

big love

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

dready kitsurfing cayman

                                 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

evolution revolution ...

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.