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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

dready makes people smile ...


          dready at Island Art

i m very fortunate, the art that i draw makes people feel glad, makes them smile and feel good and it makes me feel good in the drawing of it ...

dis is all very nice for me.

bless-ed!


Monday, February 8, 2016

dready s side by side


   
           dready art - 'bad man don't check fi no fluffy fucking puppy' - limited edition print 36x13

using the same human being as inspiration for some dreadys, i drew 2 pictures simultaneously to represent him and his life ...

it's important only because i did one version in traditional dreadyness and the other in evolved dreadyness.


            dready s 'open fisherman' 23x9

and the simplicity is evident in both, the hints of red yellow and green are there, the dreadyness, even if the 'characters' are very different - they're a good example of how drawing each style influences my thought process.

coolness!


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

dready art show ...



         Art at the liguanea ... january 2016

so, if you're an artist, you do art shows, don't it ... it's the job ...


       Art at the Liguanea ... january 2016

you meet and greet and show off the art you've done, some people will like it, some people will not, some people just come for wine and conversation in a convivial atmosphere …

it has never been an unpleasant experience doing an art show ...

big up yourself!






Sunday, January 17, 2016

dready for hong kong ...



                    dready art's 'de blood s line' - 36x13 - limited edition print


i first started playing rugby when i was 9 years old, we played in cow pastures with goal posts, in a cold no ass land far away from the yard bwoy yute I was … and i loved it, loved the bang and the crash and the contest

later they sent me to canada, where the photo below was taken, and i played there … and i loved it … don't get me wrong, am no rugby genius, i play a basic game but i love the strategy in the front row, i love the contest of strength, love the battering and beating and graunching grind of it ...




and i still play and practice every week these so many years later and i still love it …

my cousins played in jamaica - but I never did, i sometimes play touch with the old crocs when i go now - the games' pretty popular there, and growing more and more so as competition and community teams develop - last year dready and friends sponsored the August Town Wolverines who won both the 15's and the 7's in Jamaica.

Jamaica is pretty good at a regional level, in 7's, but lacks the cohesive 'team discipline', the grass roots training of kids and national level coaching to be really good at 15's, but they're coming along ...

the game, in cayman on the other hand is heavily developed and this year the cayman national men's 7's team got invited to the 2016 hong kong 7's … big thing deal for a little country, 'cause HK is the biggest thing in the world of 7's.

7's is one of the best forms of the game,  am way too slow for it, but on the local level is cool; been playing it every year for 18 years, started with Guy's mild mannered janitors way back when, this year the Westin's let me on the pitch for them, because the Flying Jamaicans didn't take off this time round ...

Then the CRFU asked dready if he'd do a drawing to help with fund raising for the national team to go to Hong Kong … 50 numbered prints for the standard dready price of 750$ci each, with the hope of raising the money to help pay for the team's expenses.

what a dream job … i love rugby and i love drawing … the end result is sooooo much cooler in person than it is on this page, soooo much ….

bless!





Thursday, January 7, 2016

dready 'lee scratch perry rides an elephant' ...


               dready art's 'lee scratch perry rides an elephant' - 24x24 -

don't ask me why, i dunno, it came to me as i fiddled with the elephant this morning ...

some days things, moods, stuff, moves you in ways that are unexpected, the whimsy comes at you from some weird direction ...

i'd been drawing scratch perry from before, had this idea about a series related to music ... but, ya know, i just didn't like where he was going - it was plain plain plain and SLP is anything but that, his beats, 'riddims' are the basis of so much of the rocksteady/reggae/dancehall of today - i kept wondering how i was going to make it pop, where the liccle bit of dreadyness was going to come from and then boooooom(!) this wildness ... and i liked it, dunno what it's an analogy of; if it is one it's totally subliminal ...

ites ...





Thursday, December 31, 2015

dready and the allegory ...



                    dready art 'fuck the allegory' - 18x24 - original on canvas

this dready was to be about history, and architectural art and architecture and the 'darjeeling express' … i love that movie, the colours, the scene setting, the train ...

at the centre of this image is a tree house/doll house and a little girl, and the rest of the art is about her; about the house she grew up in, her life, the places she came from, the place she was at, what she does in life and what she likes ...

it's all there, much of it's not stated; it's there in colours, in images, in things added to images ... it's actually a wild array of allegory.

it was a challenging bit of work, required a lot of research and even in its simplicity there's a lot of detail … and it was cool because i lived in the city she was born, we both went to the same school (years and years apart), we both came to cayman as small people and we both ended up here ...

ites!




Tuesday, December 29, 2015

dready minis and mustangs ...



                dready 'eeeeeehm and grrrrrrm/mini and mustang' - 40x24 diptych - original commission

there was a thematic thingy thing to this commission, and it had to do with 30's style gangsters and cars and so it ended up as a keystone cops like car chase …

on saturday mornings when i was a yute, i used to watch keystone cops and laurel and hardy and t'ing and t'ing on the television - that and tarzan; used to love tarzan, used to play tarzan … i don't have a tarzan dready (chuh!)

vrrrrrooom!



dready art lambrettas and vespas



        dready 'lambrettas and vespas' - 36x14 - original on canvas

The soft curves of Vespas and Lambrettas, especially classic ones; they're visually appealing, eh ... they exude this quirky coolness that kinda suits dready ...

i think that lotsa guys can see themselves in a well fitted suit, narrow tie, fine leather shoes, many women, in a billowy dress, a scarf in her hair, the worlds coolest pair of sunglasses, slipping down the amalfi coast on one of these ... pick your colour … stopping in to positano for a gelato …

ciao … have you seen the eddie izzard sketch, look it up, nuh, is funny … no really … ciao!

i must go now, my grandmother's on fire!

zeeeeen!





dready in cape breton nova scotia ...



                      dready of 'Balomoral' - 34x14 - original on canvas

fishermen with boats out from northern europe and britain were said to have fished the area around nova scotia, labrador and greenland, that was then teaming with fish, and gone ashore to salt their catch, years before columbus was even 'invented' and set sail for the 'new world' ... its rich fishing grounds brought europeans there in search of food to feed blossoming populations back home ... it was home to the Mikmaq 'indians' when europeans first arrived, but seems likely that is was populated for many thousands of years before that.

anyhow, i've never actually been to cape breton nova scotia, but was asked to do this commission of a house there, and the vibe and feeling of the place  ... the rabbits, the lobster boats ... the garden and the husband and wife as the gardeners ...

i like gardening, it's a soothing, invigorating pass-time - i was just out, pick axe, shovel, rake in hand digging garden beds, planting crotons and asparagus fern and dis and dat; the grandfather i grew up with, was a great gardener; we were all born of farmers and came to town to become townspeople when i was a small boy ... we still have the farm in our blood and so gardening allows for that.

this dready has a warmth to it that I like ... which probably doesn't happen much in cape breton!

peace ...


dready s gone to the dogs ...


                               dready s 'bruno at the beach' - 20x20 - original on canvas

it's a story about bruno really, bruno who was lovely and died young ... and bruno loved the beach.

irie ...


Monday, December 21, 2015

dready and the ritz carlton ...



                      dready ritz carlton 10th anniversary panorama - 44x14 and 11x4 on canvas

10 years doesn't seem like a very long time in the big scheme of thing,s but it's long enough for a place, like the ritz, to become a part of the landscape of life, emotion and memory ...

in the 7 foot long dready cayman panorama called, 'things that exist only in my fading memory', the old holiday inn sits in the spot the ritz would now occupy - it's a piece of art about good memories, about the things that meant something to your youth, helped form you - the ritz makes up a new phase of good memories, something my children will recall when they grow old enough to be sentimental.

the very first show that dready art was in was a group show in the ritz's 'walking gallery' - every 4 months or so, the shows, the art in the gallery revolves, with some anchor artists; dready has had the good fortune to be one of those anchor artists ...

and so for me it was a delight to be asked to do this drawing for 10th anniversary gift.

the ritz is cool - it's an awesome welcoming space; friendly, convivial, open, inclusionary ... full of good food and fun, of interesting nooks and crannies, shops and activities ... bless the memories of the times i've already had there.

big up!



Friday, December 11, 2015

dready of cricket square


                    Dready's 'Partner Ground, Cricket Square' - 60"x20" - original on canvas

this has been the coolest of commissions to do; a lot of stuff and t'ings going on it it that made it fun - and over the years have spent a lot of time at cricket square's brasserie restaurant and the brasserie market place - chateau chooks in the bottom right corner, Jacko's auto which i liked so much, i turned into its own print series ... the palm trees ... ya know, palm trees, pah, not much of thing, but no, truly aesthetically i love them.

there are always these little bits in a dready that you need to look for, things that mean something to the person who has commissioned it ... the blind dog, toffee, in the security car, the cricket game in the middle [because this was cayman's original cricket ground, called partner ground] ... why? because you should see peoples faces when they move through the dready and discover these little elements.

i love what i do.

peace ...

and love!





Monday, November 30, 2015

dready stand up paddle boarding



                            dready art sup, 'stand up, buddy' - 34x13 - limited edition print

there are 3 paddle boards, one custom made, leaning up outside the house, 40 feet from the beach and the sea …

you d think i'd be better at it than I am …

zeeen!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

dready all things change ...



                            dready of 'jacko's auto' - 24x24 - limited edition print

it seems obvious now, to me anyhow, that dready s are all about memories, eh; i mean when i draw a commission it's about other people's memories, don't it, imbued, perhaps, with my own and when i draw my own stuff memory percolates through it, like a sweet spring, to the surface.

jacko's auto ... quick fix - last time i had my car exhaust fixed it was at quick fix - are about to be consigned to history, they're make way for progress …

they may not be what one would call iconic, they not the 'farm soldier' or anything, but they're symbolic, maybe, of time passing and evolution of society and t'ings.

I, and others will remember them being there, tucked behind the gas station …

time passes, things change … the universe is flux and life is opinion (marcus aurelius)

ites …


Thursday, October 15, 2015

dready on the wall in galveston


     
                     dready on the wall of a hotel in Galveston

some things are cool about this … this is dready's first permanent 'gallery' placement in the usa … the galveston beach hilton/island famous were kind enough to make dready his own gallery space.

as you can see from the bookended pieces the idea of the display is that evolved and traditional dreadys, on the same theme are displayed on the same wall …


                      same hotel, different wall of dready.

i like working with the two versions of dreadyness side by side, it stretches me and grounds me all at once … and that's cool.

so, yu know, if you in glaveston go check it out

peace



Thursday, October 8, 2015

Dready Tshirts …



                     dready t-shirt test samples

tshirts were one of the first products we tested with dready

and they came around again with caribbean canvas company and the licensing of images

and now again, after the implosion of ccc, we're looking at the idea as we get ready to launch a new website …

technology advances and with digital printing comes the ability to take dready images and translate them directly to a Tshirt … is cool.

peace ...

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Dready portrait of a man ...


     
                      Double D … portrait of a man moved by music - 24x24 original on canvas

A random photograph from a person I know, the way Double D was standing, the way the music was obviously taking his soul, I felt it … felt it …

I love music, it was always part of the good memories of growing up, it was a big t'ing in the houses we all gathered in in youth and I try to listen to it every day - waking, working, relaxing …

and here I sit actually finding music to be harder today than it used to be, despite its digital ubiquity - spotify not working, buffer buffer buffering; cyan't buy it on itunes 'cause you don't live in xyz; the 'my mix' on youtube not really my mix at all; I mean truly since when did I ever listen to 'her poppy crap' … and it shouldn't be eh, it should be easy.

because of a the generation I come from I guess, I also miss record stores and the pleasure of actually owning stuff with album art and liner notes and making mixes and stuff and t'ings … I miss the 'vibe' of music I think … I kinda feel like the 'experience of music' has been generally 'mediocratized' (i've made up that word 'cause in a sense I think its been an active process. )

All that aside mind you, dready likes music and my dooood in the image likes music too, you can see it, you can feel it ...

vibes!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

dready s the natives ...


             
                       dready art 'the natives' - original on canvas, 48x48

this dready was part of a National Gallery of Cayman's show called tidal shifts: a show about cultural identities.

"...for me, this dready is really as much about the goat as about the man; the common goat in the Caribbean, in Jamaica, is a mixture of many goat breeds, dating back to the 1600's; having arrived with the very first european 'settlers' as a mixture of Spanish and Portuguese criollo goats and has since been bred with other kinds of european and african goats ..."





ites ...

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

dready from the road


                  dready 2 piece specialty project - each 48x18

working while you travel is not easy, but the ability to do so is a blessing … the freedom to be where you want to be, doing what you want to do and working as well when you need to.

you can be sitting in a cabin in oppdal working away as if you were in a borrowed house in victoria or behind your desk at home - the connectivity of the modern world!

you might have to drive down the road to the co-op or the local library and find the internet, but ya know, that's cool in itself, 'cause there you are half way round the world doing something as if you were home-ish ...

i used to travel and fax, you could always find a fax even at the edges of the wilds of this place and that.

then had a fax application on my computer, so I didn't need a fax only a phone line …

then dial up internet … I used to have to carry a splitter with a filter in it, with me, to plug into the phone line, so that the computer could use the phone.

So there you were, in some place like flores, guatemala, by the lake at the end of a road, sending emails … the high pitched tone, the clicking connection and then boom!

now is a little more seemless; you draw a 2 piece dready as part of a project, it's a sample, you wirelessly connect to some vague signal and you send it round the world for approval -

the receiver, the person you're sending it to, is working somewhere, they not at home either and their home anyway ain't your home anyway; they live somewhere else and work for a company headquartered even farther away.

and y'all talking by email that's meeting somewhere in the middle.

connectivity ...




Wednesday, August 5, 2015

dready s memories



                           1983 ish

this is how you came into this memory ...

down this narrow side of the house, the old servants quarters on your right and then the kitchens and then the back vernadah … the other side, bushy and steep dropped off, full of cats-tails to the road.

the house old …



the other side of the memory is opened out to the broad valley … a valley of cows and horse rides, of ticks and swimming pools ...

this, this is what my memories looks like …

'cause even the other ones look a lot like this - younger house, same-ish landscapes; different saddles, same feeling of the horse ...

ites …


Sunday, August 2, 2015

dready rattlepan, bangarang and caroaches ...



                         dready art - rattlepan, bangarang an' caroaches - 24x24 limited edition print

in the way that have been doing things, drawing a dready in one style and then another; drawing evolved dready s telling one story and traditional dready s telling another …

i can't say that this is a typical vision, 'cause more often than not the land rovers of memory were pick-up trucks …

but, but, but I wanted to do this thing, like a country bus almost, with stuff and 'caroaches' on top and somebody in a lawn chair on top of the things and the goat into inside … and I couldn't do these things, the way that I wanted, with a pick up truck!

#dready #landroverdefender

peace



Thursday, July 30, 2015

dready defender ...



                     dready - these small hours ... - 24x24 - limited edition print

land rovers keep cropping up in dreadys because they were such a big part of the landscape of my youth, and still promulgate in the vernacular of my adulthood ...

I have a 90 right now; she's lovely, she's old, but that's kinda my thing; there's a couple of persian carpets lining the floor in the back, the diesel engine makes a delicious noise, the gear box is tough, the ride is hot … it's all idiosyncratically cool.

I used to have a series III, long wheel base, ex mod, canvas top, windows that slid instead of wound; it died 10 years ago, in hurricane ivan, drowned, its every orifice filled with sea water - I could often be seen driving down the road, the canvas sides rolled up, me holding the door open to let cool air inside …

there were land rovers at goshen, geoffrey had one at paddocks, uncle richard and aunty betty had betsy - I drove betsy, a short wheel base series II, to grass piece to cut grass - drove her to kingston and watched cyar dem scatter out of my way when she clattered down the madness of half way tree rd.

my father took chevys to belize; suburbans and blazers and pickup trucks ... but the british army drove land rovers; not for them the soft american rides.

so land rovers have scattered the roads and works yards and junk heaps of my youth and young adulthood; worn and faded, battered, some times even broken, and still running … I have a thing for them.

a t'ing for them.

bless!







Wednesday, July 29, 2015

dready … it fills itself out as you draw



                 
                     dready, part of an unfinished thing … 'we sway' - 12x12

i wasn't feeling well; fuzzy and mildly feverish, stuffy head, but I hadn't drawn anything in a week and it was itching me …

I'd wanted to draw a land rover defender 90 …

but I had an idea to create a scene around it; a couple walking away from the landy or to it, hadn't and haven't still decided - but them, I've been drawing them all day …

maybe the back of the land rover would be open … it's all a process, you have a vague idea and it fills itself out as you draw … the shoes, the shadows, the bottle of red stripe beer, they all come to you as you go.

because they're a t'ing, a fashion amongst caribbean peoples and especially jamaicans, the characters are wearing clarks, desert boots …

the desert boots came first really, they started all this; i saw them, mine sitting on the persian rug this morning and i photographed them to use them in a drawing …

and it kinda filled itself out as i drew it ...

love!




Tuesday, July 21, 2015

dready of tryall golf course


               dready s 'tryall, 8th fairway' 5ftx2ft - original (working on)

we spent a hot morning photographing a house called bumpers nest and then trying to find the right view and approaches to it from the rest of tryall … 

and this view, this approach, up the 8th fairway was just lovely.

if you know the house is there, at the top of the hill in the background, you can just make it out … 

there was no one else out, the day was quiet and hot, and we walked from the 'great house' down the back stairs and on to the fairway past the tee; strolled up to the green and past the tufts of purple sea grass, to the rise behind it near the next tee … we paused here, then took a sharp left and cut back, down some old stone steps, along another fairway with a sweeping view between the trees and the gully … pimento and palms, a cut stone bridgehead spanned by steel … back up to the great house … beautiful.

for the purpose of full disclosure, i took a lot of artistic license … i took out all the other houses from the view, the expanse of empty green and sky to the right is all my doing … the road does not run into the sea and there was no elephant in the rough! 

there's a famous dude, named jonathan routh, who painted a lot fo tryall and round hill nearby … he also did a famous book of paintings called 'the secret life of queen victoria' - the elephant, with queen victoria on it, just to the middle left, is a nod to routh.

beautiful!




Saturday, July 18, 2015

dready art all night show

               
              people came and relaxed


            i spoke … and people laughed


         and some people looked up to me!

         and then there was a really nice article in the paper!

http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/art-leisure/20150726/dready-comes-town

      dready art all night show #dreadyallnightlong

sweeeet!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

dready art of tennis …



              theo's tennis people, part of an original commission

in honor of wimbledon today i broke out theo's tennis people …

this was one of the first times I tried to get the 'nature' of somebody in a fully evolved dready drawing and I loved the way it came out, the cool quirky-ness of it and the fact that if you knew the people, you'd recognize them immediately.

cool …

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

dready art show …

   

     dready art all night catalogue, sneak peak ...

     an art show in Kingston, jamaica … art all night …

     a cool part of the job …

life!

Monday, July 6, 2015

dready Inspiration …


 
     Fiat 500 classic

I spend a lot of time looking for inspiration in stuff and t'ings and taking photographs to work from …

i like old things, things that have been worn and patina-ed, dented and used …

a few years ago i went to an old plantation era stone cottage in jamaica called itopia; miss sally had used the age of the house, it's dented and used and scraped and bruised-ness as part of the aesthetic … broken grout between tiles was left, the kettle was battered and old, where eons of levels of paint had been scraped off the walls it was left as if it were the colour itself …

all of these things were done on purpose, the house's age was its decoration …

i felt instantly at ease in that house that day … it was familiar to me … many happy childhood memories in houses like that; the creak and rattle of old wood floors, the mossy blackness of old stone; ferns growing from the cracks and crevices of its join to another stone, the smell of old soil, of wet vegetations, the cracking paint on shutters …

peace ...

Monday, June 29, 2015

on the wall in connecticut



     dready tuk tuk too and mini 24x24

     one of the nice things about dready art is how walls love it …

     these two dreadys are 2 or 5 enhancing the walls of a connecticut house ...

peace and love

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

dready s monsoon bicycle ...



            dready s monsoon bicycle - 24x24 - limited edition print on canvas

i was looking for inspiration and max said 'how about people under an umbrella' … that sent me on a search of an aesthetic that culminated in what is really an 'evolved' version of the bikeafarians.

it's been interesting 'cause in the past weeks i've been drawing classic and evolved dready's one for one really, and it's cool … they allow me to express my whimsy in different ways while still keeping to that idea of innate simplicity.

the 'original' bikeafarians was inspired by a little ride, a small moment, in little cayman - this one is more about a general vibe in life …

and rainy season is here, the storm clouds brewed up this morning; thunder and lightening and a fresh coolness on the beach …

last week a short downpour and the hot smell of the rain on scorched asphalt was delicious …

i love the tropical rain ...

in Jamaica, in Belize, in Florida, when rainy season came, every afternoon raised clouds and showers but in cayman it's less predictable … we're too small and so we don't really create our own weather systems but we lie at the centre of the movement of weather around the basin, the clash of air from off of the continents and the currents from the gulfs and seas and oceans ... so rain happens!

rain!


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

these are the days ...



    dready art 'these are the days of endless dancing' - 26x14 - limited edition print on canvas

i was drawing the dready below and the whole california cum californication thing started playing round in my head …

the idea of an aging hippie-ish couple, 50 ish, all chill and cool and fit and together … and van morrisson playing on the radio …

is a feeling and maybe a story, yu know … into the mystic …

chill!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

dready s ... 'cause billy don't surf



             dready californication dreamin' - 26x14 - limited edition print on canvas


i've often matched a goat with dready in car images - it's an analogous goat, it tells a story, it indicates the caribbean-ness, the jamaican-ness of the story, it adds whimsy … it's a t'ing.

and so, the title of the art, 'cause i'd left the goat out, on purpose, 'cause billy don't surf …

but i suppose really is about the car …

a couple of reasons brought me to draw the 911, first, a guy i know in california, in san diego's been asking me to draw one; he surfs and he has a porsche ...

and, there's a porsche that stands out in my driving memory, jr and i going down 595, in a porsche he'd bought at auction for a client, fast fast … it was a magnificent fleeing.

… and then there's the 'californication' thing …

sweeet!


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

dready fiat topolino ...

            dready fiat topolino - 22x18

in italy mickey mouse is called topolino … and this, this is a 1936 fiat topolino …

you see where I'm going with this?

irie-ness!




I forgot all that I knew of gravity ...



                        dready art, I forgot all that i knew of gravity - 20x30 - limited edition print on canvas

the quote is a version of a line from a poem by rudy francisco called gravity …

the idea for the image started with a photo of a classic fiat 500 down a side street somewhere in italy; the street was empty, but beautiful, the light, the cobbles, the very silent emptiness …

and i love this car as an aesthetic, i've used it, a fiat 500, before - in a piece called 'ciao mennagio'.

i wanted to put a couple in the scene and i was looking for a late 60's style for them …

just that, two people, walking together … and in that simplicity of togetherness a joy and a lightness to their being …

it wasn't about any history, it wasn't about any personal moment, it was about an aesthetic i had seen and felt and how i wanted to translate that into a dready …

and i like the way they are leaving the scene, his hand already out as if they're coming to see you …

peace an' love!


Monday, May 11, 2015

dready t-shirt ideas





          dready Tshirt test image …

when dready began testing so many years ago, we began testing t-shirt ideas at the same time …

the first dready t shirts were for barbados' crop over festival and followed on with t shirts for ganzee stores in the eastern caribbean

there have been dready t shirt lines in barbados, bvi, cayman, grenada and jamaica; there have been special event dready t shirts; there's been dready t shirt licensing … with caribbean canvas company till they closed in 2014

and through it all dready t shirts and the marketing ideas behind them have been evolving …

the basic tenant still exists, if it can be an art print it can be a t shirt print; now though, the art, and the t shirt image have grown toward a more global market while continuing to have that underlying caribbean vibe ...

the vdub, so very cool, so very whole world, so very caribbean …

zeeeen!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

dready art imitating dready life ...



         
               dready, and a glass of golden rum - 30x20 … limited edition print on canvas

i'm playing with a vibe here as i get ready to do a show and it's that mash-up of posters, advertising, simplicity; verbalizing thought that i kinda touched on in a post below on 'juta driver'.

bending the genre between advertising and art, exploring size and colour …

the original idea, the shapes the art was to take, the colours that make up dready art, they were 'designed' and thought about using advertising 'tools' ...

true position!



Friday, May 1, 2015

dready art


         dready art Juta Driver - 27x40 - limited edition print on canvas

people often ask me, 'what kind of art do you do?'

it's hard to explain …

it is at once graphic 'fine' art, faux primitive, it is like poster art, in that it uses large blocks of colour and there's that hint of pop art to it, a feeling of the 60's and 70's ...

but in truth it is something all of it's own, 'cause it's a mixture of all those things, with a hint of whimsy and a distinct caribbean-ness thrown in as well …



anyhow, the whole thought of 'poster' art got my brain ticking and i used a mash up to create 'juta driver' … the image at the top.

in jamaica the taxi association is called Juta, they of course don't drive yellow cabs, but i couldn't do the taxi driver mash-up without one.

not a martin scorcese film!

zeeeeen!



dready s equal opportunity



        dready diver girl - 36x13 - limited edition print on canvas

one of the very first dready s drawn was that of the diver, it was one of the first post cards, one of the first tshirts and it was in the very first group show i was part of …

historically, as simple as this dready seems, it s first iteration was an evolution: the dready on which this is based 'diver on blue' was the first dready where the character wasn't looking out of the image at the viewer; one was drawn to the fish's eye instead - it changed how i thought about portraying dreadys and i did think about it and even drew versions where the character was looking outward.

now, there's a female version … and she's every bit as cool.

girl power!


Monday, April 13, 2015

dready art padmini with cow …



        dready art padmini taxi with cow …


there are many ideas floating around this image …

i'd seen a documentary about the demise of the iconic mumbai taxis; new laws in india doing away with old cyar, and the colour and the verve of mumbai struck a nerve …

then the other day at dinner, a street food inspired meal, I was reminded of the bbc travel show's about street food in mumbai … and at the same time two things happened, shirley was telling me about her trip to mumbai, and i was looking at the dready art of cars on the wall …

so inspiration was driving me toward it …

and i wanted a woman in the taxi, to flout tradition … to talk about the fear that women have in taking taxis alone (in india and elsewhere) …

anyhow, nuff said … i liked the idea …

Peace!


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

a dready in 2 pieces ...


        dready verbier backcountry - in 2 pieces 24x24 and 12x36 - original on canvas.


further down these pages is the beginning of this art, and an explanation of its inspiration …

in the end, after drawing it, what ultimately had driven me to draw the picture in the first place, was the expanse of deep blue sky above a small, clean, simple bit of white and i couldn't get enough of it ….

and so in the art's final incarnation I added another large slice of blue, a continuation of that gorgeous sky, and a sliver of white for contrast and made the art not one but two pieces - 24x24 and 36x12, two separate canvases that you would display together.

cool!

Monday, March 30, 2015

dready on show ...



                 dready etype - on canvas - 44x10 limited edition print

there are different ways to show your art and you gotta decide, with each piece, whether it suits canvas and stretching …

or watercolour paper and frame …

whether you wanna put it on an easel or on the wall … is cool, is all part of the show and of the fun …

my work makes me happy ...

vibes!