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 my work is a clash of hand-drawn typography, bold large scale paintings and illustrations 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.

 

Robin Clare CV

 

 

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

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2016  Everything is Everything, Toofprints Project, Alice Yard, Trinidad & Tobago

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

2008  Patterns of Consumption, South Bank Arts Centre, Bedford College, UK

2008  Patterns, Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre, Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK

 

Selected Recent Group Exhibitions

 

2017  Let There Be Reggae, Wynwood, Miami, FL (Opens December 7th, 2017)

2017  Whyalla Art Prize, Middleback Arts Centre, Whyalla Norrie, SA (Opens 9th October, 2017)

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

           Counterculture, Project Contemporary Space, Wollongong, Australia

           Hey Gurl, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney CBD, Australia

2016  Digital, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica

           Children of the Gap, Darnley Gallery, London, UK

2015  Still, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney CBD, Australia

2013  Black Magic, Blacklisted Gallery, Sydney, Australia

           Yen Female Art Award, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, Australia

           Paper Works II, Brenda May 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

2010  Danger, Rag Factory, Brick Lane, London, UK

          It's Not Funny, MAP Gallery, Leeds, UK

2009  Robin Clare & Human Powered Machines, Oxo Tower, London, UK

2008  The Painted Face, Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham

2007  Punk (Touring Exhibition), Ada Street Gallery, London, UK; Galerie Le Cocon, Hamburg, Germany

 

Awards & Honours

 

Whyalla Art Prize - Finalist 2017

Stussy Worldwide - Invited to create an Artist Series Spring Summer capsule collection - USA 2014

Yen Female Art Award - Shortlisted - Australia, 2013

Selectors' Choice, Brighton Fringe Festival - Shortlisted - Brighton, UK, 2010 & 2009

University of Leicester - Purchase Prize - UK, 2006

Salzburger Sparkasse Bank AG & Schloß Neuhaus Gallery - Artist Residence - Salzburg, Austria, 2005

St Michael's Community Centre Mural, New Cross, London, funded by the Urban Community Trust, 2003

 

 

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