JAMAICA POP

Each painting tells a story based on Jamaica's entertaining and controversial entertainment industry. A fast paced fame machine filled with both dramatic triumphs and falls. Of particular interest is the clash between the super conservative nature of Jamaican culture, even within the dancehall space, the cultural placement of 'slackness' and the re-emergence of strong female performers.

 

 

Sweet Kulcha, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 70cm

Controversy, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 70cm

Unruly Youth, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 70cm  Sold

So She Like It, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 70cm

Media Masters, Acrylic & Gold Leaf on Paper, 38cm x 56.5cm

100% Turbulance, Acrylic on Paper, 45cm x 33cm

STYLISH MOVES SERIES

 

The Stylish Moves series is made up of paintings in acrylic and ink on paper depicting specific dances created by dancehall choreographer Latonya Style, who I have also collaborated with to create a series of how-to instructional booklets titled Stylish Moves.

Nuff Respek, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm  Sold

Fantastic, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm  Sold

Pretty Wine, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm  Sold

Flash It, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm  Sold

Fling it Weh,  Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm  Sold

Flip di Script, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm  Sold

Klassy, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm   Sold

Luvidubi, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm  Sold

Quality, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm  Sold

Trackle, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm

Classified, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm

Cute Jook, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm  Sold

Determination, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm  Sold

BULLS EYE SERIES

The Youth, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 70cm

Bang Bang, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 70cm Sold

American culture has always influenced the island of Jamaica, just as in turn Jamaican culture has influenced American culture, through fashion, dance styles and music. The Bulls Eye series of paintings explore the coming together of these two very different cultures through large scale romaticised cinema poster like images taking inspiration from vintage comic book imagery and dancehall culture.

 

Paying homage to stories told to me by my grandparents and parents about childhoods spent eagerly anticipating the arrival of the latest comic book imports from the US, the series references a short run comic from the 1950's titled Bulls Eye by comic artist team Simon and Kirby, the comic followed the adventures of a western sharp shooter who also went by the name Bulls Eye.

 

Dancehall Duel, acrylic on paper, 70cm x 50cm

Dancehall Duel, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 70cm

Bashment Uprising, acrylic on paper, 70cm x 50cm

Bashment Uprising, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 70cm

Tropical Thunder, acrylic on paper, 70cm x 50cm

Tropical Thunder, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 70cm

Badda, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 70cm Sold

dancing words series

 

The Dancing Words series illustrates popular dances that have developed alongside the genre of Jamaican dancehall music. The images combine line drawings of repeated figures illustrating the moves and hand painted text giving the title of the dance.

 

Jamaican dance styles have been influencing pop culture since the introduction of skanking in late 50's when rocksteady and ska music came onto the scene. The emergence of dancehall in the late 70's followed suit with fast moving riddims and lyrical stylings that allowed dancers and choreographers to become an important part of the business of dancehall. The new style was led by Jamaica's god father of dance, Bogle. Soon artists like Elephant Man and Beenie Man were writing lyrics that introduced new dance moves. With almost every new tune there were new moves to perfect. Many of the dance moves like the bogle, willie bounce and dutty wine have crossed over to main stream pop culture around the world especially within the Hip Hop scene. Today Jamaican choreographers like Latonya Style and Kimiko Versatile and dance crews like black eagles and elite team to name but a few, continue to enrich the genre with their creativity.

 

Tek Weh Yu Self, Acrylic on Paper, 73cm x 53cm
Dutty Wine, Acrylic on Paper, 73cm x 53cm

Dutty Wine, Acrylic & Ink on Paper, 53cm x 73cm Sold

Tek Weh Yuself, Acrylic & Ink on Paper, 53cm x 73cm Sold

Skip to My Lou, Acrylic on Paper, 73cm x 53cm
Hot Patty Wine, acrylic on paper, 73cm x 53cm

Hot Patty Wine, Acrylic & Ink on Paper, 53cm x 73cm Sold

Skip to my Lou, Acrylic & Ink on Paper, 53cm x 73cm Sold

Row di Boat, Acrylic & Ink on Paper, 50cm x 40cm by Robin Clare
Wacky Dip, Acrylic & Ink on Paper, 50 cm x 40cm

Row di Boat, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm Sold

Wacky Dip, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm Sold

Dip and Come Up, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm Sold

Pon di River, Acrylic & Ink on Paper, 50cm x 40cm by Robin Clare

Pon di River,  Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm  Sold

Nuh Linga, Acrylic & Ink on Paper, 50 cm x 40cm
Bogle, Acrylic & Ink on Paper, 50 cm x 40cm

Nuh Linga, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm  Sold

Bogle, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm Sold

Willy Bounce, Acrylic & Ink on Paper, 50 cm x 40cm
Dutty Wine, Acrylic &; Ink on Paper, 50 cm x 40cm
Parachute, Acrylic & Ink on Paper, 50cm x 40cm by Robin Clare

Dutty Wine, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm Sold

Parachute, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm  Sold

Willy Bounce, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm Sold

Thunder Clap, Acrylic & Ink on Paper, 50 cm x 40cm

Thunder Clap, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm Sold

Butterfly, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm  Sold

Dash Wata, Acrylic & Ink on Paper, 50 cm x 40cm

Dash Wata, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm

Boasy Step, Acrylic & Ink on Paper, 50 cm x 40cm

Boasy Step, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm

Wine Yu Waist, Acrylic & Ink on Paper, 50 cm x 40cm
Gully Creepa, Acrylic & Ink on Paper, 50 cm x 40cm

Wine Yu Waist, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm Sold

Gully Creepa, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm

Signal di Plane, Acrylic & Ink on Paper, 50cm x 40cm by Robin Clare

Signal di Plane, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm Sold

jamaica project series

 

Jamaica Project explores the way in which modern Jamaica expresses itself through its dancehall and party culture. The result is a combination of purely text-based work alongside sexually suggestive graphics inspired by imagery that surrounds the scene. The work shows a culture where women are highly sexualised within a very male dominated dancehall and party scene. An interesting commentary on the dichotomy of Jamaican women's place within society, which often sees women in roles of both breadwinner and sex object.

 

My painting style is directly inspired by the traditional Jamaican artisan skill of hand painted signage used in advertising. As you travel around the island there are hand painted signs on walls, bus shelters and entire sides of buildings with a variety of messages ranging from what goods you can buy at local stores and advertising for local businesses to directions and adverts for local go-go clubs. But, like everywhere else, with cheap production costs modern digitally produced advertisements are fast becoming the dominant form of written and visual communication. Enabling a transformation in the way the culture is shaping its messages and portraying itself to the world. My hand painted style is a homage to sign painting which may one day become a thing of the past.

 

Combining my technique with messages surrounding Jamaica’s party scene opens a dialogue between the fast paced world of the new and an often rose tinted version of the old. Jamaica’s dancehall scene which has come under fire in recent years for it’s inflammatory lyrics is an integral and often controversial part of Jamaican culture offering escapism and entertainment to a population that experiences hardship on a daily basis.

 

Milkyway, Acrylic on Paper, 100cm x 70cm by Robin Clare
Heat Wave, Acrylic on Paper, 100cm x 70cm by Robin Clare

Milkyway, Acrylic on Paper, 100cm x 70cm Sold

Heat Wave, Acrylic on Paper, 100cm x 70cm

Dancehall Pick Up, Acrylic on Paper, 100cm x 70cm by Robin Clare
Bashment, Acrylic on Paper, 100cm x 70cm by Robin Clare

Dancehall Pickup, Acrylic on Paper, 100cm x 70cm

Bashment, Acrylic on Paper, 100cm x 70cm

Liquorish, Acrylic on Paper, 100cm x 70cm by Robin Clare
Bulls Eye, Acrylic on Paper, 100cm x 70cm by Robin Clare

Liquorish, Acrylic on Paper, 100cm x 70cm

Bulls Eye, Acrylic on Paper, 100cm x 70cm  Sold

Tastee Cheese, Acrylic on Paper, 100cm x 70cm by Robin Clare

Tastee Cheese, Acrylic on Paper, 100cm x 70cm

Sexy Party, Acrylic on Paper, 100cm x 70cm by Robin Clare

Belly Ring, Acrylic on Paper, 100cm x 70cm

Cleavage Refill, Acrylic on Paper, 100cm x 70cm by Robin Clare
Kinky Party, Acrylic on Paper, 100cm x 70cm by Robin Clare

Cleavage Refill, Acrylic on Paper, 100cm x 70cm

Kinky Mini Skirt, Acrylic on Paper, 100cm x 70cm

Smudge, Acrylic on paper, 100cm x 70cm by Robin Clare
Ivanhoe Ragin Martin, Acrylic & Graphite on Paper, 100cm x 70cm by Robin Clare

Smudge, Acrylic on Paper, 100cm x 70cm

Ivanhoe Martin, Acrylic on Paper, 100cm x 70cm

Slackness, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm by Robin Clare
Wet Dreams, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm by Robin Clare

Slackness, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm

Wet Dreams, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 40cm

Dutty Fridaze, Acrylic on Paper, 70cm x 50cm by Robin Clare

Beach, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 70cm

Dutty Fridaze, Acrylic on Paper, 50cm x 70cm