JAMAICA’S newest creative space Art Zone will open today, November 5, with an inaugural exhibition at 22 Barbican Road in St Andrew. The one-day exhibition will start at 10:00 am and run until 5:00 pm.
A vibrant mix of the young and the mature will likely be on show and will likely be headlined by 30-year painter and wood carver Ewan McAnuff and is ready to feature a dynamic pool of 10 visual artists.
Among the many young talent is Desanna Watson and Winroy Messam. A promising mixed-media artist, Watson’s oversized artworks tease with touchy topics which might be sure to go away an impression. Considered one of the most recent faces from the Studio Mortimer stables, Winroy Messam will bring a fresh approach to sketching, one which patrons will find refreshing as they absorb the plush greenery of the Pauline Stuart-owned, Portland-inspired Art Zone.
Also within the line-up is the mother-daughter duo of Denise Francis-Robinson and Atira Robinson, each of whom specialize in painting. One from a disappearing slate of expert tutors of sketch, Francis-Robinson who’s a former principal dancer with the National Dance Theatre Company, is understood for her whimsical and spiritual semi-abstracts. With a method that bears hints of her mother’s influence, Atira’s art extends to illustrations in addition to face and body art.
Rounding out the show’s line-up is Errol McKenzie, Richard Smith, Jack Stuart, Talbert Taylor, and visual arts educator Sana Rose, who returns to the exhibition scene after a decade away, a part of which she spent as visual arts coordinator with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission.