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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

dready from Osmosis Caribbean Art Beat



   dready prints from Osmosis Caribbean

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and the best part, is that as always, it's the same price, same shipping, same signature, same love ... anywhere in the world you want to call home ...

Peace and Love ...



Saturday, May 20, 2017

Dready, it's carnival time again

                    dready art 'Moko Jumbies' - original on canvas

is carnival time again, one after the other up and down the islands carnival, jump up, road march, soca music, costumes and stilted walkers known as 'moko jumbies' ...

I haven't seen the big carnivals of trinidad, rio, new orleans or even venice - have never done road march in costume ...

have only seen smaller ones of jamaica, cayman and belize; rode on the back of a 'big truck' in belize where a band I was with was playing ...

love to walk the route, see the people, interact, hang, dance, go to the street parties - whether you go or not, carnival permeates the scene, you get affected by it, the new music of the season begins to crop up, the carnival hits of the mas players bands come on the radio, photos of the costumes flitter across social media ... in trinidad everything shut down for a week, in jamaica people start to talk about Mas camps, my daughter wants to go to mas camp party ....

and so, I wanted to throw every carnival into the hat on this one ...

get behind the big truck ... high walk, shadow, butterfly, waaaaaave

And then it got chosen, this dready, to represent cayman islands at Carifesta 2017, in Barbados ... and it came with me to the Mourant Ozanne show at the oxo tower in london ...

life is good ...


dready, a night on the river


                         dready - group show, oxo tower, london may 2017

the weather, as is the want in england, was wet, but it couldn't undo the view out the windows down the left side of the room - the thames 30 feet away, the embankment across the river, the inns of court ....

inside it was all colour and verve and light and whimsy ... the dreadys glowed, the turtles on their oh so blue, the 'moko jumbies' on an impossible orange, a shocking orange ...

not dready's first showing in the uk - there've been corporate events and art for projects and fund raisers, children's charities, restaurant link ups, and football clubs - but this was the first full on 'art' show, and my first in London.

three women chatted to me about the 'seagrapes' - a verdun like image of a seagrape forest, all trunks  ... as if they've been bombed into non-existence ...

it was an unintentional effect, I didn't draw it to shock and sadden at all, it was mainly about the view that you see when you're under the shade of the trees; but in fact the fate of coastal sea grape forests, giving way as they do, like mangrove woods, to coastal development mean destruction of the 'roots' that help hold the beaches together and the ecosystems that serve as breeding nurseries for wild life - the sea grapes are a sanctuary for crabs and birds.

the '5 turtles', beautiful - the history of the caribbean is built partially on the abundance of turtles; the fresh meat they provided in provisioning ships heading back for europe, the shells for jewellery, containers, eyeglass frames ... the men who chased them built communities ...

the 'moko jumbies' - like me one man's favourite part was the woman's hand that just creeps in to the lower left of the frame ... her hand is what started the whole story, I'd seen this hand in a photograph and liked it and imagined what, in my world, the character behind the hand, might be looking at ...

the dawn sky in 'a man in a canoe' sparkled ... conversation was light ...


good show ...