"Art at the collision of painting, design and Jamaican Dancehall popular culture"

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My work riffs on the colour, rhythm and repetition of Dancehall, the dominant pop culture of my native island, Jamaica.

Inspired by dancehall and the aesthetics of Jamaican party promotions I produce a clash of hand-drawn typography, bold large scale paintings, illustrations and hand-drawn animation. Referencing dance moves, risqué party names and the sexually provocative imagery surrounding the culture, combined with pop art, comic book, cinematic and advertising influences.

As a female artist I’m particularly interested in exploring the space that women occupy in Dancehall culture and the perception of provocative female behaviour, referred to as Slackness, in Jamaica’s deeply conservative and class divided society. In my paintings I strive to represent images of strong women taking control of their sexual and economic image. Reflecting a society that is imaginative, inventive, colourful, resilient and never shy of a likkle controversy.

 

Education

BA (Hons) Fine Art, Camberwell College of Art, University of the Arts London, UK, 2004

Diploma in Studio Arts, Capilano College, British Columbia, Canada, 2000

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017  Bulls Eye, Feel the Vibe Pop Up for Jamaica Tourist Board, Vancouver, Canada

2015  Yard Illuminations, part of the Vivid Sydney 2015 festival, Play Bar, Sydney, Australia

2015  Dancing Words: the DHQ Edition, Blacklisted Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2014  Dancing Words: the Stylish Moves Edition, Blacklisted Gallery, Sydney

2013  Dancing Words, Blacklisted Gallery, Black Penny, Sydney, Australia

2012  Badda Dan Dem Star, China Heights Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia

2012  Dancing Words, The Tate Gallery, Glebe, Sydney, Australia

Selected Recent Group Exhibition

2018  Let There Be Reggae, Miami Art Week, Wynwood Art District, Miami, FL

2018  Out of Many, Millenium Stage, Kennedy Center, Washington DC, USA

2018  Toofprints - Aruba Edition, (public art project) Oranjestad, Aruba

2018  Most Things Happen When I Am Asleep, Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand

2017  Let There Be Reggae, Miami Art Week, Wynwood Art District, Miami, FL

2017  Whyalla Art Prize, Middleback Arts Centre, Whyalla Norrie, SA

2017  Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles

2017  Counterculture, Project Contemporary Space, Wollongong, Australia

2017  Hey Gurl, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney CBD, Australia

2016  Toofprints Project, Alice Yard, Trinidad & Tobago

2016  Digital, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica

2016  Children of the Gap, Darnley Gallery, London, UK

2015  Still, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney CBD, Australia

2013  Yen Female Art Award, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2012  Art in the Dancehall (Touring Exhibition), Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, USA; Miss Lily's Variety, New York, USA; Puma Yard (London Olympics), Brick Lane, London, UK; The Drum, Potters Lane, Birmingham, UK

Awards & Honours

2018 Lloyd Walcott Visual Art Prize - Winner

2017 Whyalla Art Prize - Finalist

2016 Adidas Promoted Artist program - Adidas Skateboarding, Worldwide release spring/summer 2018

2014 Artist Series program - Stussy Inc., Worldwide release spring/summer 2014

2013 Yen Female Art Award - Shortlisted

Notable Collections

Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records, Jamaica; Adidas Group, USA; Campari Group, USA & Sydney; Stussy Inc., California, USA; Nespresso, Sydney, Australia; Bruk Out: A Dancehall Queen Documentary, USA; DanceJA, Kingston, Jamaica; Adidas, Portland, USA; Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles, USA; Pitchfork, Chicago, USA; The Art School, Glasgow, UK; Mixpak Records, New York, USA; Large Up Inc, New York, USA; University of Leicester, Leicester, UK; Safari Sound International, Stockholm, Sweden; Million Vibes Soundsystem, Malmo, Sweden

Bibliography

Riaz Phillips, “Belly Full” & “Belly Full Likkle Cookbook”, Tezetta Press, London, UK, 2017

Kimberly Peel, “Hey Gurl”, Gaffa Gallery Zine & exhibition catalogue, 2017

“Digital”, National Gallery of Jamaica, exhibition catalogue, 2016

Hope Brooks, "Robin Clare", A History of Violence, Interviewing the Caribbean, Vol 2, Winter 2016, page 66-71

Thomas Vendryes, “Volume! Inna Jamaican Stylee”, La Revue des Musiques Populaires, Cite de la Musique Philharmonie de Paris, Vol 13-2, 2016, pages 116 & 176

“New Paintings by Robin Clare”, L3 Magazine, 2012, pages 18-19

“Art in the Dancehall”, L3 Magazine, 2012, pages 30-31

“Art in the Dancehall”, exhibition catalogue, 2012

Texts

“Dancehall Colouring & Activity Book”, 2016

“The DHQ Issue”, Rice & Peas, Vol 5, 2015

“The World-wide Issue”, Rice & Peas, Vol 4, 2014

“The Dance issue”, Rice & Peas, Vol 3, 2013

"Stylish Moves" Vol 1-4, 2014 - 2017 (co produced with Latonya Style, DanceJa)

“The Independence Issue”, (endorsed by Jamaica 50 Independence Office), Vol 2, 2012

“The Sound System Issue”, Rice & Peas, Vol 1, 2011

 

Robin Clare CV

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