I'm proud to introduce my latest fine art print series "The Imaginarium of The Antilles"! In this blog post I'll explain a little about the first two pieces of the series. There are only a few more pieces planned for this series so please follow me on instagram for the latest. The final bit of housekeeping is the news that my bird was featured in The Jamaica Observer as part of a promotion article for MoDA Market 2016 which featured art for the first time.
Now on with the show...
"The Imaginarium of the Antilles" is a surreal and dreamy exploration of old world Caribbean themes. The imagery is inspired by old historic paintings, such as those of Belisaro, that evokes a surreal view of the natural world and the people in the West Indies during the colonial period. The series of pieces invites the viewer to reflect in appreciation for the Caribbean ecosystem, mankind's influence on it and themselves, and experience a sense of wonder the artist feels when exploring colonial art.
Doctor Bird, is the first of the Imaginarium of the Antilles series that draws the attention of the viewer to this dream world through the eyes of the dignified Doctor Bird. The composition is a classic academic portrait with the bird's eye located on the center vertical line to give the illusion of the bird's gaze following the viewer around the space.
"The Blackbird Intrigue" is the second of the series that is inspired by the Jamaican blackbird and the colonial plantocracy. A highly social specie, the blackbirds often congregate in trees to discuss "business". Small creatures are on high alert when the blackbirds arrive and there is no good afoot when these creatures get together.
Classically composed, the viewer's eye is guided by the gestures of the claws and the beaks of the birds to keep the viewer engaged as they would in an actual conversation in a group. The bird in the center gazes back at you to keep you involved no matter the angle of viewing. The house on the hill provides a hint as to what is possibly being discussed. It acts like a fourth party passing by and overhearing the intrigues of the blackbirds.
There you have it. I'm looking forward to seeing how this series develops and where it goes. I have had moderate success so far and I hope that each piece will resonate many people.