Jamaica, the honored country at this year's Flower Mart, will bring a wide variety of Jamaican artists to the Washington National Cathedral. From potters to painters, Flower Mart will feature the best of the Jamaican and Jamaican-American artist community.
Many of the artists work will be offered for sale. The general public will be able to view and purchase the art throughout Flower Mart when the art will be on display within the majesty of the Washington National Cathedral's nave.
Below is a partial listing of participating artists:
Jacqueline Bishop's paintings, drawings, photo-collages and textile-based work seek to understand and come to terms with contemporary society. There is a strong narrative element in her work and she tends to privilege the telling of women's stories. She is also very taken with the natural world and she often merges floral and female imagery to make a comment on environmental issues.http://www.jacqueline-bishop.com/
Paul Blackwood is a self-taught artist, who was born and raised in Whitehouse, Westmoreland. From early childhood days he had the desire to create works of art and even had 'fence exhibitions' in Whitehouse. In 1985 Mr. Blackwood had his first international exhibition in London, England. Since then, his career has burgeoned with numerous exhibitions both locally and internationally, including in the United States of America, Europe, Canada and the Caribbean.
Born 1971 in Jamaica, West Indies, Alphanso Blake started working in oils in 1989 but has since moved on to acrylics --- which he now uses exclusively. He lives and works in the hills of St. Andrew from where he gets the inspiration for a lot of his landscapes.
Kerry-Ann Brown-Louis' pen and ink drawings take inspiration from music (especially jazz musicians), mythology, plants and mathematics. Her favorite musicians are often depicted as elements of nature and geometric shapes which transcend the human form.
Andrea Chung's sculpture and paintings examine cultures created under the influence of colonial and post-colonial regimes and their relationship to the land. She mines recipes and archival materials such as photographs and tourist publications in order to reconstruct and create a new series of narratives, juxtaposed against the stories told by the colony to sell romantic notions about nature and labor. http://suite17d.com/
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, to parents who were also artists, Michael Escoffery attended the Edna Manley College of Visual Arts. He has exhibited at galleries, universities, corporate offices, consulates, embassies and museums throughout the Caribbean, North America and Europe. Like his heroes, Picasso, Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden, Escoffery's art transcends boundaries as he captures the essence of provocative sexual pleasures or the beauty of the female form. Yet, he is also deep into the history of his people.
Bernard Stanley Hoyes' career began at an early age in Kingston, Jamaica studying at the Institute of Jamaica, Junior Art Center. At fifteen he moved to New York City to continue his academic and artistic endeavors. During the 70's, he worked intensively on his "Rag Series" which symbolize, document and prophesied his journey from a struggling artist to one of prominence. In 1997 he mounted a 25-year Review at the Museum of African American Art and the Los Angeles Watts Towers Exhibition Center. His art spans decades and offers a full range of experiences. One of his expressive posters is shown above. http://www.bernardhoyes.com/
Jodie Lyn Kee Chow's multi-media art focuses on the exploitation of the environment and consumption of worldly goods. Her videos, narratives and sculptures explore important social, environmental and political messages about the accumulation of worldly goods and exposes forms of exploitation and destruction of peoples' tradition and their land's natural resources.http://jodielynkeechow.com/home.html
The Rose Hall Artisans project is a collaborative effort with the Prince's School of Traditional Arts and Rose Hall Developments, which supports and regenerates local crafts in Jamaica. The artists in the project produce beautiful pottery and carvings
Cheery Stewart'swork is a homage to the land of her birth, depicting Jamaica's natural beauty. Her work has been praised as among the best of the island. Cheery began her journey in 1993, as part of the Trafalgar artist co-op, based in Kingston. Although she considers herself essentially a self-taught artist, she did attend the well-known Edna Manley School of the Visual and Performing Arts where she developed a greater understanding of form and the use of color while perfecting an individual technique.
Potter, sculptor and drummer, Phillip Supersad attended the Edna Manley College of Art. The ceramicist prefers to use Jamaican clay and often searches for raw material which he then combines to required specifications. "The product can be a totally Jamaican product. The raw material is Jamaican and the potter is Jamaican," the artist has said.
H. Lloyd Weston concentrates primarily upon man's relationship with nature and the impact produced upon the psyche especially when viewing an awe-inspiring scene such as a sunrise or sunset. The artist gives us a privileged view into the inner-workings of the human soul, bringing us face to face with a different kind of reality --- one whose impact is infinite, whose search for perfection is definitively elusive.
Marigold Harding, CD, JP - Custos of St. Andrew. The Honorable Harding is a multifaceted and talented woman. She is an accomplished lecturer, writer, painter and her dynamic presentations are always noteworthy. Marigold had her solo exhibition of her artwork, March 2005 at the Bolivar Gallery. In spite of her busy schedule she continues to find time to express her passion for flowers on canvas. This year her floral canvases will also be on display at Flower Mart.