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The Bahamas

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Artist Directory

Jessica Colebrooke

NAGB

Bio

Jessica Colebrooke (nee. Maycock) is the Bahamas’ first female tile manufacturer, The Ministry of Tourism 2015 Cacique Award Winner (for Fine Arts), the leading ceramics manufacturer in New Providence and the Bahamas and the Proprietor of Jessica’s Tileworks Studio Ltd. A graduate of the College of The Bahamas as well as the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Jessica started her souvenir line under JTS back in 1997, straight out of RISD.

Jessica is known as a Ceramicist, producing fine art pottery as well as souvenirs under the Jessica’s Tileworks Studio Ltd. portfolio. Jessica’s evolving souvenir line has existed for over 19 years and it would not take a person more than a minute to realize her love and interest in Marine life. This is partially as a result of the many years Jessica had spent watching her Taxidermy dad go fishing, eat his catch and then preserve the carcasses of those sea creatures he could preserve like water crabs, crawfish (a.k.a spinney lobster) eels, barracudas, starfishes, seashells and so on. Similar motifs of marine and botanical scenery can also be noted in Colebrooke’s Fine Art sculptures such as her wall hangings as well as her African Influences: masks and sculpture. 

Colebrooke is a full time artist, a mother or two beautiful girls and the wife of Carlos Colebrooke.


Artist Statement

One of my main objectives is to broaden the creative and industrial potential of ceramics in the Bahamas; not just as an Art form but also as a business.  Additionally, I continue to work towards educating and assisting others with their desire to become a full time ceramicist, bring diversity and growth to this perplexed art form.

K Smith

NAGB

K Smith, one of the leading pencil artists in North America and the Caribbean who creates hyperrealistic drawings in both graphite and coloured pencil, was born in 1956 at Cupar, Saskatchewan, Canada.  Upon completion of high school he enrolled at the University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada graduating with a Bachelor of Education Degree specializing in Visual Arts and Mathematics.

From 1977 – 1991, Smith taught in a few elementary schools in Canada and spent one year teaching in Wales.  In 1991, he moved to The Bahamas where he was employed by the Anglican Central Education Authority in Nassau, and taught at both St. John’s College (one year) and St. Anne’s School (7 years).  The opportunity to teach art full time became available with the Catholic Board of Education and he was employed to teach art at St. Cecilia’s School, a post he held from 1999-2008.

K Smith has been actively involved in Art Education in The Bahamas for both children and adults since 1992 and in 2001 established THE PLACE FOR ART offering after school, evening, and weekend art classes for children and adults.  In 2014, THE PLACE FOR ART expanded and he and his business partner now operate a custom picture framing business on the grounds of Doongalik Studios.

Jacksons Creative Eye a.k.a. Doongalik, 2014 Coloured pencil on 100% cotton rag, 9''  x 7 ''

Jacksons Creative Eye
a.k.a. Doongalik, 2014
Coloured pencil on
100% cotton rag, 9''  x 7 ''

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

Art is a lifelong passion for me and everything in my daily existence revolves around the art world. I am a natural born artist and I tend to view the world around me from different perspectives, very often noticing details in objects rather than the entire object. My hyperrealistic drawings are created primarily with graphite and coloured pencils; however I have created some images with soft pastels.

As I evolve in my journey as an artist, I constantly look for new subject matter.  I have been complimented on my vision and composition and strive to be unique and original in my drawings. Although I am predominately recognized as a 2D artist, I am not limited to creating 2D art. I am often referred to as a visionary, capable of conceptualizing 3D projects and would feel very excited to see one of my concepts become a major public art installation.

I have been blessed with the innate gift of art, and being both an art educator and professional artist, I feel compelled to share this gift with as many people as I can either through mentoring novice artists or inspiring young artistic minds. I am hopeful that even after I depart this world, a part of me will still exist within my artistic creations.

Miss Emily's Eleven String, 2006 Coloured pencil on vellum paper, 18'' x 12''

Miss Emily's Eleven String, 2006
Coloured pencil on vellum paper, 18'' x 12''

Dave Smith

NAGB

Biography

Dave Smith (b. 1944) was born in Derbyshire, England. 

Education

Smith studied painting at the Derby College of Art. After graduating he expanded his knowledge at the Hornsey College of Art.

Career

Smith co-founded the London-based design group Electric Colour Company, which specialized in design projects on the London fashion scene. 

His work included furniture, interior and store-front design. He left to teach at a College in North England. He moved to The Bahamas in 1973 to teach art, first on San Salvador, and then on New Providence a year later. He moved to the U.S. in 1990 and began working as a scenic artist in the motion picture industry. 

In the mid 70s, he began a series of drawings focused on juxtapositions, which had been motivated by seeing American films projected in The Bahamas as Nassau’s drive-in theaters. Smith has become known as a pop artist. His work is easily recognized for its vibrant colours and contrasting visual imagery. His work is known for juxtaposing imagery of The Bahamas as paradise – an idea promoted by the tourism industry – and the real life struggles many Bahamians face.

Studio 

“Pop art” – Pop art is mostly associated with the work of New York artists of the 60s, like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. However, the term encompasses artists who draw on popular and commercial imagery and everyday life. Smith can be seen doing this through his use of large, American vehicles, storefront clothed mannequins and even ‘weave’. 

“Juxtaposition” – Juxtaposition refers to the fact of two contrasting things being placed next to each other for comparison. 

Project 

Have students find and clip images from tourist promotion materials as well as local newspapers. Have them create collages from the contrasting material. Encourage the use of other material to serve as a barrier in the way Smith uses curtains, window bars, walls and fences in his paintings. 

Alternatively, students can paint contrasting symbols and imagery using contrasting symbols and imagery using bright colours.

Dave Smith Crosses to Bear, 2014 Acrylic on canvas

Dave Smith
Crosses to Bear, 2014
Acrylic on canvas