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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

dready on history



         dready art 'the end of the known world' - 32x22 - original commission palimpsest over kidd

the 3rd and probably final in a series of stories of a man's history in the caribbean and with Caribbean colonial architecture ...

we used prints of 19th century lithographs of Jamaica by JB Kidd and James Hakewell and I drew over them and added elements of his life to them.

the first was his discovery of the joys of the west indies, the second was about his becoming part of the caribbean, setting up business and this the third is about growing a family in this 'new to him' world.

growing up these lithographs were everywhere on walls in houses across Jamaica, and their like in many houses around the caribbean, that I visited through the years, by other named artists and botanists who specialised in this or that colonial surveyance ...

it's an art that I like, a lot, and the simplicity and touches of colour of ... for example, the french artists depicting soldiers and scenes, in north africa, of the late 1800's, seems to find a kinship in dreadyness from time to time ... with their often simple depictions, they are essentially note taking and not concerned as much with setting as with cataloguing and so there is colour, verve , mood and simplicity of setting. ...

story ...



Wednesday, June 13, 2018

dready out on the range



                           dready art 'honey coloured grass' - 36x13 - original commission on canvas.

there was a discussion about whether the cow in this dready should be a long horn 'cause, ya know, the story's about texas ...

although the longhorn is part of the texan iconography, the hereford, the short horn and then the angus and then the santa gertrudis are also part of its cattle history - and besides, I think a black white-face is much cuter than a longhorn ...

the longhorn, a left over from spanish conquest of the americas, although hardy wasn't a great meat animal; sinewy and tough, and so to meet the growing demands of the expanding cities of the growing united states, for beef, herefords and other british shorthorns cattle became the go to cross breeds, so much so that the longhorn almost went extinct ...

but that's all pretty boring stuff and so I go back to the fact that I just thought the black white-face was cuter poking his head round the corner ...

it looks like trouble's about to start, doesn't it ... like trouble's waiting ... even the dog's expectant ... there's a jack rabbit scampering off in the background and the cow's like a curious bystander chewing its cud; the woman is riding in from the side, the guy on the horse is reaching back for his rifle ...

what is it that they see?

suss!



Tuesday, June 5, 2018

dready - throwback 'tuesday' - lionfish



                       dready 'lionfish' - 24x24 - unlimited edition (fundraising) print

love this dready ...

I originally created the lionfish for and with Neil DeVere (his final version that's hanging on his wall, is different, in two panels, less subtle humour) ... and together we decided to make a version of it as a fund raising print.

for the past 5 years we've been donating from the sales of this print to the central caribbean marine Institute, which facilitates marine research from its headquarters in little cayman; recently we decided to move at least some of the donations to a new project, in jamaica, called the white river fish sanctuary -



the white river fish sanctuary near ocho rios is an attempt to create nursery zones for fish and to help replenish jamaican waters by supporting marine environmental zones and enfranchising fishermen.

looking forward to the future.

livity