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

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 

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 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, Los Angeles

2017 Counterculture, Project Contemporary Space, Wollongong, Australia

2017 Hey Gurl, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney CBD, Australia

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

 

Collaborations

 

2017 “Belly Full Likkle Cookbook”, Illustrations, Tezetta Press

2017 “Belly Full”, title text illustration for Riaz Phillips & Tezetta Press, 2017

2013 - 2017 Stylish Moves, Vol 1 - 4, Publication collaboration with Jamaican choreographer Latonya Dillon (aka Latonya Style), DanceJA

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

 

Awards & Prizes

 

2017 Whyalla Art Prize - Finalist 2017

2017 Adidas - Invited to be part of Adidas Promoted Artist program - Worldwide (launch in Spring 2018)

2014 Stussy Worldwide - Invited to be part of Artist Series program to create capsule collection - USA

2013 Yen Female Art Award - Shortlisted - Australia

 

Collections

 

Campari Group, USA & Sydney; Stussy, 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; Million Vibes Soundsystem, Malmo, Sweden; Mixpak Records, New York, USA; Large Up, New York, USA; University of Leicester, Leicester, UK

 

Bibliography

 

Kimberly Peel, “Hey Gurl”, Gaffa Gallery Zine, 2017

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

 

Texts

 

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

“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

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

“Art in the Dancehall”, exhibition catalogue, 2012

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

 

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